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Tammy Wynette Remembered
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
This tribute album doesn't go out of its way to cater to fans of Identikit late-'90s country stars; a surprisingly high percentage of these tracks succeed, thanks largely to an artist list that retains ties to Wynette's ge... more »
This tribute album doesn't go out of its way to cater to fans of Identikit late-'90s country stars; a surprisingly high percentage of these tracks succeed, thanks largely to an artist list that retains ties to Wynette's generation, whether musically or personally. Ex- husband George Jones writes a final chapter of his relationship with the star on a painfully dignified version of "Take Me to Your World" that ironically reverses the song's situation; here, it's the woman who's the barroom habitue, Jones the longsuffering spouse. Equally affecting is Rosanne Cash's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," a typically wise-shaded performance. Less adventurous, but nearly as touching, is "'Til I Get It Right" by Trisha Yearwood. As is usual with such projects, though, the bad stuff is really bad--not least Elton John's schlocky reworking of "Stand By Your Man," which seems to miss the joke in a way that Lyle Lovett's 1989 recording didn't. --Rickey Wright
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Not What I Expected But.....
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason this gets five stars if because of Tammy's and George's cuts. For some reason I expected more out of this album, maybe because they were Tammy's songs and no one can do them as well, except maybe Jones. Where were Loretta and Dolly. Who is Sarah Evans? Elton John crucified "Stand By Your Man." The cuts I found worth while were "Take Me To Your World (Take You To My World)", "Til I Can Make It On My Own", "Til I Get It Right", "You And Me", and finally "In My Room." I am brought to tears now as I think about "In My Room." Tammy took it and owned it. Tammy and her music helped me get through the hardest period of my life. It is difficult for me to believe she is really gone. Buy this album if for no other reason than to hear Tammy sing that song. Long live the memory of The First Lady!"
SOME GOOD COVERS, SOME NOT.....
a viewer | antioch, tn United States | 08/14/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Let's begin with Track #1:
"Stand By Your Man" performed by Elton John. Having heard this once was enough for me. Elton John should never have attempted to cover Tammy's signature song. The production is way over-the-top and Elton John is defeated by the song in every way.
"Til I Get it Right" performed by Trisha Yearwood. Yearwood does an o.k. cover of one of Tammy's best loved ballads. But she brings nothing new to the song. What results is a nice, but rather draggy, boring rendition.
"DIVORCE" by Roseanne Cash is average. The production fits Cash's style but her voice is not appealing to me.
"Apartment #9" by Melissa Ethridge......a nice surprise here. A unique arrangement for Tammy's first hit and Ethridge does well by it.
"Take Me to Your World" by George Jones......poignant and touching. This one is excellent in every way.
"Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" by K.T. Oslin. Another miss. The production is horrible and Oslin's vocals are even worse. An insult to Tammy's original.
"You and Me" by Lorrie Morgan. A stellar performance by Lorrie with one of Tammy's most beautiful ballads. The production values and Lorries work on this would make Tammy proud. Probably the best cut on the CD.
"I Don't Wanna Play House" by Sara Evans. I had never heard Sara Evans but she does a marvelous justice to one of my favorite Tammy songs. A true country cover and Evans brings her own freshness to the song. Would make Tammy smile.
"Woman to Woman" by Wynonna. A perfect song for Wynonna. She packs punch into every line and makes this song one of the more memorable cuts on the CD. Great job!!
"Til I Can Make it On My Own" by Faith Hill. Hill gives a banal rendition of one of the most popular Tammy songs. Her interpretation is like baloney compared to Filet Mignon (Tammy). Hill has no conception of the lyrics or the melody. The result here is a big miss all the way.
"Golden Ring" by Emmylou Harris. A classic performance in every way. Makes one of my 'not so favorite Tammy songs" special.
"In My Room" by Tammy...her last recording......an eerie feel to this. Truly, one can tell, her voice had seen better days but she does the best she can. She is ably abetted by her singing partner, Brian Wilson. The song is memorable because one can tell here that Tammy didn't have much time left. God Bless Her."
A fine tribute that could have been better
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 04/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This tribute album is dominated by country ladies who owe a debt of gratitude to Tammy for helping to open the doors of country music to female singers. There are some other singers here too, but their contribution is variable. The standout track is Brian Wilson (of the Beach boys) joining Tammy for a duet version of In my room, a Beach boys classic - it was the last recording Tammy ever made. George Jones does a great version of Take me to your world, but sings it as I'll take you to my world. Given his past drinking habits, this is intriguing. I love Elton John's music, but Stand by your man really doesn't suit him. Both David Allan Coe and Lyle Lovett have covered this song superbly, so it can be done well by a man. Melissa Etheridge's version of Apartment number nine is also weak. Kate McGarrigle joins Emmylou and Linda for a fine version of Golden ring.The rest of the album is brilliant. Lorrie Morgan, who delivers a great version of You and me, obviously loves Tammy's songs as she has since recorded Another lonely night - it appeared on her To get to you greatest hits collection. Sara Evens, an unknown singer at the time this was recorded, does an impeccable version of I don't wanna play house. K.T. Oslin chose wisely in recording the sassy You're good girl's gonna go bad. Faith Hill was in top form on Till I can make it on my own. Trisha Yearwood, Roseanne Cash and Wynonna all make wonderful contributions to this excellent album.In any album of this kind, it is inevitable that some singers are not included. But the absence of Dolly, Loretta and Reba is unforgivable. Two of these should have been included instead of Elton and Melissa."