Artists - Tammy Wynette... Remembered
First Lady of Country Music Deserves More
be better? Yet another tribute album by a lot of younger artists
for an older, more established artist. In case you donít know,
this has become quite a trend in country music. Usually, itís
for an artist who doesnít really deserve it. Thereís no doubting
that Tammy Wynette deserves to be revered, and no doubt she
deserves a tribute album. But she deserves a better one than
what Asylum dished up. The liner notes (all ten pages) are
composed by Evelyn Shriver, who is the president of Asylum
records. Evelyn, who used to work for Tammy as her publicist,
writes glowing reviews of Tammy as a person, and notes that
each artist was picked to be on the CD based on the closeness
of their relationship with Tammy, not on their skill or talent.
The result is a choppy mess of artists trying to emulate Tammy,
and very rarely offering anything new.
There are a few
highlights: Elton John's rendition of "Stand By Your
Man" makes the song more earnest, since only a man would
truly mean anything that is in the lyrics of that song. Melissa
Etheridge's version of "Apartment #9" is refreshing
and new. Grant it, it's not country. But it's not supposed
to be. By including Elton and Melissa on the album, the producer
showed the vast influence Tammy had on all types of music,
not just country. On the country side of things, K.T Oslin's
"Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" reflects a new sassiness
that wasn't there in the original recording. But it all goes
down hill from there. Not that the other artists aren't talented.
Faith Hill sings beautifully on "Til I Can Make it On
My Own," but there is no creativity, no originality put
into her rendition. Sara Evans belts awesomely on "I
Don't Wanna Play House," but the belt is identical to
that of the original version.
Overall, the best
part of the album is the liner notes. It's almost worth buying
for the liner notes alone. But definitely NOT for the music.
Yes, the songs are some of the best ever recorded. But I have
Tammy's version, and the artists on this album have added
very little to the original. Since none of the artists included
on this album come anywhere near Tammy's stature, the result
is a failure.
Who knows? There
is a second Tammy tribute album in the works. It is being
done by someone not as closely associated to Tammy, so maybe
it will be a better effort. I hope so. "The First Lady
of Country Music" deserves a better memoir.
out of 5.0