Tanya Tucker

The Essential

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This 18-cut collection on Universal UK showcases country legend Tanya Tucker's long run at MCA Records in the 1970s and '80s. It's true that it lacks anything from the great years at Columbia and Arista, but in all fairness, she scored her long run of hits with MCA during this period. Unfortunately, a lot of this material hasn't aged terribly well, sounding very much like the height of the urban cowboy period in Nashville history. That said, there are some great tracks here, such as "I'm Not Lisa," "Ridin' Rainbows," and "Don't Believe My Heart Can Stand Another You," to name three. Still, a better buy for Tucker fans would be the Disky double set (which costs about as much) called Tanya Tucker Anthology; it contains two discs covering all of the labels Tucker recorded for in the '70s, '80s, and '90s.

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