Tanya Tucker

The Best of Tanya Tucker [Tee Vee]

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While the title of this CD may be true, it is a bit misleading. Rather than a greatest hits collection, this CD compiles Tanya Tucker's first two Columbia LPs in their entirety. There are plenty of hits, including "Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)," "Blood Red and Goin' Down," and "What's Your Mama's Name" (all of which reached number one on the C&W charts), and, in fact, half of the 20 songs on this CD cracked the country Top 40. The remaining album tracks are uniformly fine, including Tucker's versions of contemporaneous hits such as "Teddy Bear Song" and "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.," as well as "Almost Pursuaded" and Jerry Reed's "Smell the Flowers." This disc is a treasure trove for those interested in the earliest -- and often best -- recordings Tanya Tucker ever made.

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