Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Mel Tillis - Greatest Hits [Curb]
Genres: Country, Pop
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crystala | Portland Oregon | 06/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mel Tillis' laid back sound together with uplifting songs is medicine for the soul. Wonderful to listen to in the car on the way to work starting the day on a positive note, or on the way home to wind down towards a relaxing evening."
Good Collection... Should've Been More Songs.
William D. Ferrell | Poca, WV United States | 04/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a good CD. It's enjoyable from start to finish. However, there are so many "Greatest Hits" in Mel Tillis' career that it would take a box set to hold them... gee, now there's an idea. Maybe someone should produce a box set of Mel Tillis that could really represent all his great hits back through the years.
The first three songs are from the late '70s during Mel's second stint with MCA. Coca Cola Cowboy (for those of you too young to remember) is a straight-forward Country shuffle, then comes "I Believe In You" which is a pretty, slow love song.
The story goes, that Mel originally recorded I Believe In You with a steel guitar taking all the lead, but then he had to go out of town. The producers had an idea while Mel was gone and replaced the steel guitar with a flute and that's the way they released it. When Mel heard the recording, the story goes, he was outraged and stormed into the office at MCA and said "W-w-why did y-y-you put fl-fl-flutes in that r-record? I ain't n-n-no P-P-Peter P-P-Pan". The record turned out to be one of the biggest of the 1970's, and I think Mel wound up liking it very much.
Good Woman BLues cashes in on the back beat that Waylon's band was using at that time, but is a cool song.
New Patches is from Mel's third run with MCA in 1984. Great straight Country song.
"Southern Rain", "Your Body Is An Outlaw", "lind In Love", and "Lying Time Again" are from his early 1980's stay with Electry/ Warner Records, and the sound is more "polished" than the MCA recordings
The nexxt three are from my personal favorite period in Mel's career, the MGM years (early 1970's). "Heaven Everyday", "Commercial Affection" and "Sawmill".
I'm not sure about the last three songs, but I think they may have been recorded in the late 1980's.
This is a good CD, but I only gave it four stars becasus it just doesn't do Mel's career justice. I wish there was more here. Many great hits have been left out. Where are"Heart Over Mind", "Who's Julie", "Brand New Mr.Me", "Arms of A Fool", "Ruby DOn't Take Your Love To TOwn", "Stateside", "Life Turned Her That Way", "Burining Memories"?... well, you get the idea.
I'd really like to see a box set come out that would do this great singer justice.
Unitl it does, you have this CD as well as "All His Great Hits (MGM recordings) and several Sony projects from his yeras with CBS. I would highly reccomend all three.
Easy to Listen To
Eclectic Revisited | Arizona | 12/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even if you're not a country fan, Mel's music goes down easy. "Coca-Cola Cowboy" and "Commercial Affection" I especially like. This one's worth the money. I just wonder what compilation I'll find "Send Me Down to Tucson" on, you know, from one of the bareknuckle Clint Eastwood movies. Try this one; you'll like it."