The Upper 48 Hits: 1972-1997

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tanya Tucker wasn't just a great country singer -- she was a great country story, growing up in the public eye from her first Top Ten single, "Delta Dawn" in 1972, to her last, "Little Things" in 1997. In between, she racked up numerous hits and tabloid headlines, causing controversy at the outset of her career with her sexiness and provocative material that sounded even riskier in the hands of a 14-year-old singer. Soon, the country Lolita image gave way to a wild young woman who had an affair with Merle Haggard and a broken engagement with Glen Campbell; musically, the pure progressive country of her early recordings gave way to a flirtation with pop and rock,...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Tanya Tucker wasn't just a great country singer -- she was a great country story, growing up in the public eye from her first Top Ten single, "Delta Dawn" in 1972, to her last, "Little Things" in 1997. In between, she racked up numerous hits and tabloid headlines, causing controversy at the outset of her career with her sexiness and provocative material that sounded even riskier in the hands of a 14-year-old singer. Soon, the country Lolita image gave way to a wild young woman who had an affair with Merle Haggard and a broken engagement with Glen Campbell; musically, the pure progressive country of her early recordings gave way to a flirtation with pop and rock, before she swung back to country. Then, she cleaned up and straightened out her music, turning toward a mature country-pop that brought her through the '90s. It was a hell of a ride, with a hell of a lot of good music, all chronicled on Raven's double-disc, 48-track The Upper 48 Hits: 1972-1997, the most comprehensive and best overview of her career ever likely to be assembled. This collection is so good not just because the music is generally excellent, but because the sequencing has a real narrative drive, mirroring the ups and downs, triumphs and turmoil of Tucker's career. When she hit a low point in her career, this collection does too -- there is a bit of a dip somewhere after the early '80s, when her music became a little bit too streamlined, but she comes tearing back with a series of sexy, husky voiced, rowdy singles that propels her to the successful, tasteful material of the '90s. Yes, it's the earliest material that is the most distinctive -- her early-'70s breakthroughs "Delta Dawn," "What's Your Mama's Name, Child?," "Blood Red and Going Down," "Would You Lay With Me In a Field of Stone?," "The Man That Turned My Mama On," and "Lizzie and the Rainman" among them -- because the songs were risky and strong, the productions adventurous, and the performances shockingly mature. That was music in a class of its own, but Tanya Tucker herself was in her own class too -- she was a survivor, and while her career did see a few valleys, she pulled through and wound up with a terrific body of work, best heard on this stellar collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657014325
  • Catalog Number: 143
  • Sales rank: 32,855

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Delta Dawn (2:55)
  2. 2 Love's the Answer (2:41)
  3. 3 The Jamestown Ferry (2:57)
  4. 4 What's Your Mama's Name, Child? (3:04)
  5. 5 Blood Red and Goin' Down (3:03)
  6. 6 Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone) (2:24)
  7. 7 The Man That Turned My Mama On (2:56)
  8. 8 Lizzie and The Rainman (3:03)
  9. 9 San Antonio Stroll (2:49)
  10. 10 Don't Believe My Heart Can Stand Another You (2:49)
  11. 11 You've Got Me to Hold on To (2:59)
  12. 12 Here's Some Love (2:57)
  13. 13 Ridin' Rainbows (2:40)
  14. 14 It's a Cowboy Lovin' Night (2:32)
  15. 15 Dancing the Night Away (3:28)
  16. 16 Texas (When I Die) (4:34)
  17. 17 I'm the Singer, You're the Song (3:58)
  18. 18 Pecos Promenade (2:29)
  19. 19 Can I See You Tonight (2:48)
  20. 20 Feel Right (2:24)
  21. 21 Baby I'm Yours (3:31)
  22. 22 Just Another Love (3:13)
  23. 23 I'll Come Back as Another Woman (4:00)
  24. 24 It's Only Over for You (3:03)
  25. 25 Love Me Like You Used To (3:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 One Love at a Time (2:54)
  2. 2 I Won't Take Less Than Your Love (3:41)
  3. 3 If It Don't Come Easy (3:28)
  4. 4 Strong Enough to Bend (2:43)
  5. 5 Highway Robbery (3:28)
  6. 6 Call on Me (3:22)
  7. 7 My Arms Stay Open All Night (3:32)
  8. 8 Walking Shoes (2:39)
  9. 9 Don't Go Out (3:15)
  10. 10 It Won't Be Me (2:54)
  11. 11 Oh What It Did to Me (3:33)
  12. 12 Down to My Last Teardrop (3:30)
  13. 13 (Without You) What Do I Do With Me? (2:56)
  14. 14 Some Kind of Trouble (3:49)
  15. 15 If Your Heart Ain't Busy Tonight (3:01)
  16. 16 Two Sparrows in a Hurricane (4:08)
  17. 17 It's a Little Too Late (2:36)
  18. 18 Tell Me About It (3:39)
  19. 19 Soon (3:27)
  20. 20 We Don't Have to Do This (3:45)
  21. 21 Hangin' In (3:21)
  22. 22 You Just Watch Me (4:26)
  23. 23 Little Things (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tanya Tucker Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Paul Davis Composer
Paul Rodgers Composer
Larry Collins Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Richard Carpenter Composer
Deborah Allen Composer
Gregg Brown Producer
Jerry Crutchfield Producer
Bobby Emmons Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Jerry Goldstein Producer
David Malloy Producer
Sullivan Pugh Composer
Curly Putman Composer
Billy Sherrill Producer
Russell Smith Composer
Rafe Van Hoy Composer
J. Brown Composer
Glenn A. Baker Concept
Keith Glass Liner Notes
Jan Crutchfield Composer
Peter Shillito Concept
Alan Van McCoy Composer
Kent Robbins Composer
Don Schlitz Composer
David Chamberlain Composer
Michael Dulaney Composer
Steven Dale Jones Composer
Alex Harvey Composer
L. David Lewis Composer
Royce Porter Composer
Craig Karp Composer
Peter Noah Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brings back fond memories of Tanya as a teen!

    I couldn't make up my mind between DEFINITIVE HITS and this CD, but because this one had both of Tanya Tucker's original hits, DELTA DAWN and THE JAMESTOWN FERRY, I chose this one. Besides it has her hits all the way back to 1972 when I first met her. I was fortunate enough to interview Tanya for The Gilroy News Herald which I edited in the early 70s. The interview was at a friend's ranch in nearby San Martin and was a memorable day. Since Tanya was only fourteen (or was it fifteen?) at the time, my children were invited too. Being still young and natural, Tanya was an easy interview, so I got a nice scoop. And the kids enjoyed getting to know her a little. The meeting/interview was held at the time that Tanya's debut hit, DELTA DAWN, was climbing the charts and THE JAMESTOWN FERRY was just taking off. As was traditional in those days, Tanya gave me and the kids autographed studio photos as mementos. I framed mine for the newspaper office, naturally, and later hung it on my "Brag Wall" in my home office. Sorry to digress, but I enjoy "living in the past" from time to time. LOL. As a country-western fan I enjoy all the songs on this album, but the two mentioned above are my all-time faves by Tanya ... for sentimental reasons. No matter how much Tanya Tucker changed in later years, she remained a major talent. I recommend all her music very highly ... and her "reality show" is fun to watch, also. It's a treat for me to see her in later years and get to know a little about her children. Keep rockin', Tanya! Reviewed by: Betty Dravis, 2008 Author of: The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley

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