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Nashville is supposedly the focal point of the country music business, and at least part of the purpose of the original album in 1976 was to show, at a time when Nashville was becoming formulaic, that there was another way of doing things. There is no doubt that the album was influential - but seemingly not on the Nashville establishment.
The actual music here is, of course, superb, and the eleven extra tracks that were not on the original album reinforce it. Many of these tracks have also appeared on albums or compilations by the individuals involved, but it's great to have them here as one entity. The album also reminds me that I have neglected Tompall Glaser for far too long, and I'll rectify that. I realize, of course, that his two tracks here (especially Put another log on the fire) are not typical, but his mere presence here is sufficient reminder to me. As for Put another log on the fire, it's a joke that even feminists can enjoy because of the chorus line (Come and tell me why you're leaving me).
Mostly, however, this album is about the other three singers who were in top form when they recorded these tracks. It's just a shame that Nashville was able to brush the Outlaw movement aside and carry on as before.