Mel Tillis

Something Special

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Something Special contains two of Mel Tillis' hits from 1968 -- the ballads "Destroyed by Man" and "Something Special" -- the latter of which reached the Top 20. Tillis wrote only four of the 11 songs on this album, which will be a disappointment to those who appreciate his tremendous but undervalued songwriting talent. "I Haven't Seen Mary in Years," a good graveyard weeper, was recorded by Bill Monroe in 1969, but Tillis' version is arguably more effective. The highlight on Something Special is the album's closer, "I've Lived So Fast and Hard," a Dolly Parton composition that sounds exactly like something Tillis could have written. Tillis' career had started to really take off when he left Kapp for MGM, where he made some of his biggest hits, but his Kapp albums are very consistent and more similar in style to his popular '70s recordings than his early rock-oriented sides for Columbia.

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