It Makes You Happy

Lynn Anderson

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It Makes You Happy Review

by Greg Adams

Before "Rose Garden" and her other big crossover hits on Columbia, Lynn Anderson recorded successfully for Chart Records. Chart had a licensing agreement with Pickwick, a label that repackaged previously released recordings for budget albums, so Columbia was obligated to allow Pickwick to reissue Anderson's early Chart recordings even though Columbia had purchased the masters. Three of her Chart hits are included on this nine-song album, the biggest of which is the sassy, grammatically challenged "No Another Time." A minor hit duet with Chart labelmate Jerry Lane ("Keeping Up Appearances") and the Top 30 "Too Much of You" round out the "greatest hits" content of the reissue. The remaining tracks include two other duets with Lane and the title track, which was a minor hit for another Chart artist, Kenny Vernon. Typical of Anderson's early output, half of the songs were written by her mother, Liz Anderson. The Pickwick reissues seem to have been assembled almost at random and are thoroughly redundant except for those who don't already own the Chart albums.

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