Picks and Pans Review: Higher Ground

updated 11/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Tammy Wynette

Take it from Emmylou Harris: "Tammy Wynette is the best that country music has to offer—a remarkable singer and a remarkable woman." Harris is one of many guest artists who did duet and backup duty with Wynette on this album and contributed to the accompanying notes. The LP is a pleasure from start—Your Love, with Ricky Skaggs—to finish—All Through Throwing Good Love After Bad, a Guy Clark-Richard Leigh song Wynette sings with Rodney Crowell and Jeanne Smith. While a couple of her collaborators are probably young enough to be her sons, Wynette can match, vigor with any of them, and what she lacks in youthful exuberance she sure makes up for in worldly experience. For instance, Beneath a Painted Sky, on which she is backed sweetly by Harris, is a wistful tune (by Bucky Jones and Joe Chambers) about a woman longing for a sense of security and remembering her childhood bedroom. The Gatlin Brothers, Vern Gosdin, Vince Gill, the O'Kanes and Gene Watson are among the other visiting performers. They all got themselves into a memorable package of country music. (Columbia)

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