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Tammy Wynette

Take Me to Your World/I Don't Wanna Play House – 1998 (Koch)

Reviewed by Stuart Munro

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"Take Me to Your World/I Don't Wanna Play House," originally released 30 years ago and rather awkwardly named after its two biggest hits, was Tammy Wynette's second album. If not quite on a par with her achievements in her subsequent two releases "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and "Stand By Your Man," this is no slouch for all that. "Jackson Ain't a Very Big Town," "Broadminded" and the two title tracks all show producer Billy Sherrill already finding appropriate vehicles for the lyrical subjects and the vocals - the husky catch, the breathtaking, seemingly effortless ability to go instantly from a standstill to full throttle - that would become trademark Wynette. And on top of that, there's Tammy's rendition of "Ode to Billy Joe."