Not to be confused with Ernest Tubb's 1964 LP Thanks a Lot, this Thanks a Lot is a collection of duets that Pickwick's Country Skyline label assembled in 1995. The duets were recorded in the 1960s and 1970s, when Decca united the country icon with some of the younger country stars of the day -- most of whom were young enough to be his sons or daughters. This British release is full of songs that were major hits for Tubb in the 1940s and 1950s -- however, Country Skyline doesn't provide the original or the definitive versions, but rather, offers likable remakes. Some of the collection's highlights include Tubb getting together with Conway Twitty on "It's Been So Long, Darlin'," Johnny Cash on "Soldier's Last Letter," son Justin Tubb on "Blue Eyed Elaine," and Loretta Lynn on "Thanks a Lot." Meanwhile, "Don't Just Stand There" finds Tubb joining forces with Leon Russell in the early '70s -- an interesting combination -- and "Have You Ever Been Lonely" is a duet with Mel Tillis. These recordings fall short of essential, and the CD isn't recommended to novices, who would be better off starting out with an anthology of Tubb's definitive 1940s and 1950s hits. Nonetheless, Thanks a Lot is enjoyable and is worth having in your collection if you're a seasoned Tubb fan.
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