Take Me to Your World/I Don't Wanna Play House (Koch, 1998)
Reviewed by Stuart Munro
"Take Me to Your World/I Don't Wanna Play House," originally released 30 years ago and rather awkwardly named after its two biggest hits, was Tammy Wynette's second album. If not quite on a par with her achievements in her subsequent two releases "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and "Stand By Your Man," this is no slouch for all that. "Jackson Ain't a Very Big Town," "Broadminded" and the two title tracks all show producer Billy Sherrill already finding appropriate vehicles for the lyrical subjects and the vocals - the husky catch, the breathtaking, seemingly effortless ability to go instantly from a standstill to full throttle - that would become trademark Wynette. And on top of that, there's Tammy's rendition of "Ode to Billy Joe."