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Jeannie C. Riley: Harper Valley P.T.A.: The Plantation Recordings 1968-70 *

Track List

>Harper Valley P.T.A.
>Widow Jones
>No Brass Band
>Mr. Harper
>Run, Jeannie, Run
>Shed Me No Tears
>Cotton Patch, The
>Sippin' Shirley Thompson
>Little Town Square, The
>Ballad of Louise, The
>Satan Place
>Yesterday All Day Long Today
>Yearbooks and Yesterdays
>What Was Her Name?
>Edna Burgoo
>My Scrapbook
>Part of Honey, The
>Whatever Happened to Charlie Brown?
>Girl Most Likely, The
>Back to School
>That's How It Is With Him and Me
>Teardrops on Page Forty-Three
>Box of Memories
>Taste of Tears, A
>Rib, The
>Sunday After Church
>Artist, The
>I'm Only a Woman
>Real Woman, A
>There Never Was a Time
>Things Go Better with Love
>I'm the Woman
>Wedding Cake, The
>Ribbon of Smoke, Thin
>Our Minnie
>Back Side of Dallas, The
>Country Girl
>Change of Heart, A
>Am I That Easy to Forget?
>That's a No-No
>We Were Raised on Love
>I Almost Called Your Name
>Darling Days
>Wish You Were Here
>Your Old Love Letters
>I Love Him
>Wherever You Are
>Generation Gap, The
>Fine Feathered Fowl
>Words, Names, Faces
>My Man
>He Made a Woman out of Me
>Duty, Not Desire
>Games People Play
>Darkness Falls
>Holdin' On
>Okie from Muskogee
>To the Other Woman

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Roger Dopson.

In 1968, Jeannie C. Riley became one of the biggest stars in country music almost overnight when her recording of Tom T. Hall's "Harper Valley P.T.A." became a massive hit on both the C&W and pop charts, topping both at a time when there was precious little crossover between the formats. While Riley would never enjoy another success as great as "Harper Valley P.T.A.," she fared well on the country charts over the next few years, and her records were fine stuff, with Riley's voice well suited to the tough, sassy attack of "The Cotton Patch," "Harper Valley P.T.A.," and "The Widow Jones," as well as darker, more thoughtful material like "No Brass Band," "Shed Me No Tears," and the proto-feminist "The Rib." Harper Valley P.T.A.: The Plantation Recordings 1968-70 collects 58 tunes Riley recorded for Shelby Singleton's Plantation label during her first burst of fame, comprising her first five albums in full -- Harper Valley P.T.A., Yearbooks and Yesterdays, Things Go Better with Love, Country Girl, and The Generation Gap. While there have been a number of collections of Riley's hits, Harper Valley P.T.A.: The Plantation Recordings is the most thorough collection to date of Riley's most fruitful period, and restores a number of rare sides to her catalog. ~ Mark Deming


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