In her liner notes and acknowledgements Tammy says "I think this is my best album ever." She also credits Bob Montgomery with finding "the best collection of songs" she ever had on an album. These are definitely over-statements. The work cannot begin to compare to her collaborations with Billy Sherrill. But the production is good and most of the songs are high quality. But it is definitely NOT the best album she ever put out or the collection of songs the best she ever had on an album. She probably wanted that to be the case because by then, music by artists of her generation was no longer welcome in Nashville. Its a shame because the more one listens to this the better it becomes. And it certainly beats anything put out by "Faith", "Martina", "Carrie Underwood", "Reba" or any other Tammy wannabes out there. I'll put this up against anything by today's artists.
By the time this album was released, nobody seemed to care much about Tammy's solo music any more except her committed fans. Tammy was only of interest to the public when recording with others, which may explain why most of her later recordings involved other singers, including her Higher ground album and her single with the KLF, Justified and ancient. This may well have been Tammy's last solo album although I know that she subsequently recorded one album with Dolly and Loretta (Honky tonk angels), one with a range of guests (Without walls) and one with George Jones (One). Overall, Tammy is mellower and more reflective than in the seventies but still sounding as good as ever. Gone are the songs about standing by - or standing up to - her man, that generated so much interest early in her career. Also gone are the songs about children. Of course, anybody who followed Tammy's career knows that these songs had already become a rarity. Bob Montgomery produced this album. A few years earlier, he was Janie Fricke's producer on a couple of albums. One of the songs that Janie recorded with Bob, Where's the fire, is covered by Tammy here. Other highlights here include Let's call it a day today, Suddenly single and What goes with blue, but there are many wonderful songs here.
This album will certainly appeal to Tammy's committed fans though the absence of any famous or controversial songs may limit interest to others. That is a pity because there are many fine songs here that might have been hits in different circumstances - if Tammy's music had been fashionable, or if somebody else had recorded them.
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