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Skeeter Davis - Here's the Answer [1960]

Skeeter Davis - Here's the Answer [1960]

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Country's never been afraid to lay on the corn, but even by its own standards, the concept driving this 1960 album was hokey. Davis sings "answer" songs to hits by Jim Reeves, Hank Locklin, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, and Ray Peterson -- "I Really Want You to Know," for instance, in response to Arnold's "I Really Don't Want to Know." As all of those singers happened to be contracted to Davis' label, RCA, the original versions were available for inclusion/instant comparison. That means that half of this album isn't Davis at all; you'll hear, for instance, Jim Reeves singing "He'll Have to Go," followed immediately by Davis' "He'll Have to Stay"; Ray Peterson's "Tell Laura I Love Her" is countered with Davis' "Tell Tommy I Miss Him"; and so on. It gets really ridiculous when Davis sings an answer song ("My Last Date") to Floyd Cramer's instrumental hit "Last Date." Davis' songs are okay mainstream country/pop; a couple of them ("(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too" and "My Last Date") were even Top 40 pop hits. But alternating her tracks bang-bang with hits by various other male country stars makes for a rather herky-jerky listening experience. A mid-'90s European CD reissue of the album adds four bonus tracks from a 1962 duet single with Porter Wagoner and a 1964 duet single with Bobby Bare (including a cover of "We'll Sing in the Sunshine"), none of which rate among the better performances of either Davis or her partners.

Track list:

01.Jim Reeves - He'll Have To Go
02.Skeeter Davis - He'll Have To Stay
03.Floyd Cramer - Last Date
04.Skeeter Davis - My Last Date (With You)
05.Ray Peterson With Hugo Peretti - Tell Laura I Love Her
06.Skeeter Davis - Tell Tommy I Miss Him
07.Hank Locklin - Please Help Me, I'm Falling
08.Skeeter Davis - (I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too
09.Eddy Arnold - I Really Don't Want To Know
10.Skeeter Davis - I Really Want You To Know
11.Don Gibson - Just One Time
12.Skeeter Davis - I Want To See You Too (Just One Time)
13.Skeeter Davis & Porter Wagoner - A Litty Bitty Tear
14.Skeeter Davis & Porter Wagoner - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
15.Skeeter Davis & Bobby Bare - A Dear John Letter
16.Skeeter Davis & Bobby Bare - We'll Sing In The Sunshine

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