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Upper 48 Hits: 1972-1997
     

The Upper 48 Hits: 1972-1997

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by Tanya Tucker
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657014325
catalogNumber:
143

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Performance Credits

Tanya Tucker   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Paul Davis   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

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The Upper 48 Hits: 1972-1997 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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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