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Tim Wilson

Certified Aluminum, His Greatest Recycled Hits, Volume 1 – 2002 (Capitol Nashville)

Reviewed by Robert Loy

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Somebody needs to tell Tim Wilson that a CD can hold over 75 minutes of audio. There are 22 tracks here but this album clocks in at barely a bit over 30 minutes. It seems a lot longer though, mainly because over half of the tracks are "Uncle B.S." bits, and even if you find these historic distortions amusing, 12 of them is just way too many. In the space not taken up by Uncle B.S. there are such classics like "Chucky Cheese Hell" and "First Baptist Bar and Grill" and clunkers like "Beer Belly Blues."

Of course, every greatest hits package is an invitation to second-guess the omissions, but there is no doubt this album would have greatly benefited from the inclusion of such Wilson witticisms as "Garth Brook Ruined My Life" "100 Things to Remember" and "If You Try to Save This Marriage Again."

This collection is titled "Greatest Hits, Volume One" but that might be overly optimistic, considering that his last two CDs showed a marked decline in quality. (Tellingly there is only one track from his previous release, the bitter post-divorce album "I Shoulda Married My Father-In-Law.")