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Honky Tonk Angels

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Nearly 30 years after an unknown singer made the album Dolly Parton Sings Country Oldies, which for all practical purposes was a Kitty Wells record, Parton joined with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette to revive the old-time, traditional female country sound, even hauling Miss Kitty along for a sparkling reprise of "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," the song that made Wells a star. This particular trio feels more at home with campy recitations than with hip, new songs, and doesn't dare get as harmonically ambitious as the one Parton enjoys with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt on Trio and Trio II. But as the queens of third-generation country, after Wells and Patsy Cline, they create a presence all their own, Lynn's plaintive urgency meeting Wynette's relaxed sensuality in the middle, and Parton mediating it all. No wonder Cline "drops by" for another round of "Lovesick Blues." Too much fun! --Alanna Nash
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: November 2, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000028ZK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When this album was released, I wondered if the title should have been titled Custer's last stand. After all, none of these wonderful ladies were getting much airplay on American country radio and it seemed that their careers were finished. This album sold surprisingly well considering the lack of airplay. As things turned out, this album was the last major success in Tammy's career - she only recorded one more album (appropriately, a set of duets with George Jones) before her death. Loretta eventually had another major success with her 2004 album, Van Lear Rose. Following a quiet period in the mid nineties during which time her albums sold poorly, Dolly has been consistently successful with several successful albums. So my pessimism was (thankfully) unjustified.

This album is firmly rooted in traditional country, with all three having their share of lead vocals. Most of the songs are country classics. It wasn't God who made honky tonk angels was the song that made Kitty Wells a major country star of the fifties. Kitty joins Dolly, Tammy and Loretta on this rendition.

Put it off until tomorrow was written by Dolly in the sixties. It was a big country hit for Bill Phillips back then and was again a big hit when the Kendalls revived it in the early eighties. Dolly has recorded it several times, solo and with others.

Silver threads and golden needles was first recorded by Wanda Jackson but was a top twenty pop hit in America for the Springfields (with Dusty as lead singer) and was later revived by Linda Ronstadt.

Please help me I'm falling is a cover of the Hank Locklin classic, though Janie Fricke's version of this song is even better. Wings of a dove was a huge American hit for Ferlin Husky.
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In a day and age when so-called country radio is overpopulated by twenty-something clones whose songs, personalities, and names are as interchangeable as they are forgettable, it's good to hear from three ladies who have a combined nearly 100 years of recording history behind them. Add in Kiity Wells guest appearance on the title performance of her signature song, and the country music experience acquires an additional half-century.
Taking turns as lead vocalist, Nashville's three divas bring out the best in each other. Country's late first lady takes center stage on the energetic remake of Linda Ronstadt's "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," which was the disk's premier single. Unfortunately, it was all but ignored by most radio stations because the singers had passed their fortieth birthdays. Another powerful remake is Ferlin Hisky's gospel classic "Wings of a Dove" which provides the perfect vehicle for the trio's voices to blend in inspirational harmony.
Each of the women penned an included song. Loretta Lynn's contribution, "Wouldn't it be Great?" is slightly rewritten from the version featured on her 80's release Just A Woman.
Honky Tonk Angels lack of airplay is all the more reason to add it to your collection. It's a shame, but Nashville doesn't give us much music like this anymore. The final track, "Hillbilly Heaven"-with updated lyrics from Tex Ritter's original standard-takes on an eerie quality due to Tammy Wynette's untimely death just a few years after its release. This collection is a proud piece of her musical legacy, and one of the few truly great country efforts of the nineties in a genre that has become dominated by Shania-Garth pop.
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The three top female singers in country just happen to have started in the 60's, although today, remain the three most influential careers of the genre. The late Tammy Wynette soars here with her vocal talents still intact, especially with "Silver Threads And Golden Needles". Loretta Lynn is classic country and outshines everyone on "Please Help Me I'm Falling". Kitty Wells joins the trio for her trademark, "It Wasn't God Who Made Hony Tonk Angels", and the great Patsy Cline joins the ladies for "Lovesick Blues". Dolly's incredible vocals as well as writing talents are displayed on "Sitting On The Front Porch Swing" and "Let Her Fly". There's not a bad cut on the whole disc. With all due repect to the late Davis Sisters, the three performing "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" is pure country magic. I only wish CBS records would release a follow up, I have read many more songs were recorded. Fans of the late Tammy Wynette would be "in heaven" to hear more from 'The First Lady Of Country Music'. If you enjoy original, classic country, this is a must !
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The songs these ladies put out on this c-d was wonderful to hear. I have grew up listen to these women and everytime I hear them they sounded great, but this c-d was one of the greatest with those ladies together. I loved everyone of their songs. Even thou Tammy is in a better place and she is now sanging with the Country Angels, like Pasty Cline. We still have our two Country Angels here. God Bless Loretta and Dolly.
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By A Customer on November 23, 1999
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I was thrilled to see this title being sold, more thrilled after listening to it. They are the best of the classic country ladies. Their voices are better than ever. It made me laugh and cry. I'll be listening to this CD often. I'm so glad they cut it before Ms. Wyette's death, but I'm sure she's thrilled to make it to "Hillbilly Heaven."
If you don't buy anything else this year, this is a must-have.
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