Tammy Wynette - Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad / Take Me To Your World - I Don't Wanna Play House
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Every icon needs to start somewhere. While they may end up best remembered for a hit that came later in their career, their die-hard fans will always want to know what sounds helped shape their career as they took their baby steps to superstardom.
The late Queen of Country, Tammy Wynette has more than a couple of signature hits to her name, and rather impressively they arrived as early as her third studio album. Although you may not remember her two records before this, an impressive double album re-release from Cherry Red takes you right back to where it all began.
While some artists spend their formative records finding their voice, it is clear from this double CD collection that Wynette was an artist who already knew what she was capable of, and was ready to deliver it from day one.
While her debut album, 1967's Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad shows the feist and fire that came to define her recording career, it has to be noted that it does not quite have the instant commercial bite of the hits that came to define to her artistry. She was ready to stand up for the modern woman, but steered clear enough of being labelled a renegade.
By 1968, Wynette's name was well enough established for her to achieve her debut #1 hit on the US Country chart with the striking I Don't Wanna Play House. Building on the subtle fight on her debut, Take Me To Your World / I Don't Wanna Play House was the album that really saw her take huge leaps forward in standing up to the male dominated society that surrounded her.
With both albums showing a forceful interpreter of the words of others, Wynette's first two albums may not have the mainstream pout of her latter work, but they are certainly noteworthy listens.
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Tammy Wynette - Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad / Take Me To Your World - I Don't Wanna Play House, 8th June 2018, 10:35 AM