Mel Tillis

Stomp Them Grapes/Sawmill...Plus

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This two-fer CD combines Mel Tillis' 1973 album Sawmill with Stomp Them Grapes, released the following year. These LPs were originally released on MGM and had been out of print until being reissued in 2011 on the Australian Raven label. Both LPs focus on Tillis the singer rather than the songwriter, which is what first brought him to Nashville in the '50s. Tillis contributed a single song per album: "Sawmill" (which was first recorded in 1958 and re-recorded for the 1973 album -- it became a Top Ten hit on the country charts along with “Stomp Them Grapes”) and “Hang My Picture in Your Heart.” The five bonus cuts also include three songs that made the Top Ten: “Commercial Affection,” “Brand New Mister Me,” and “Take My Hand,” a duet with Sherry Bryce, whom Tillis often recorded with in the '70s. This is an enjoyable reissue from the Mel Tillis MGM catalog.

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