Here's The Answer 796


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Review Text 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. ~ Richie Unterberger

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. He'll Have to Go - 2:22
  2. 2. He'll Have to Stay - 2:25
  3. 3. Last Date - 2:28
  4. 4. My Last Date (With You) - 3:33
  5. 5. Tell Laura I Love Her - 3:58
  6. 6. Tell Tommy I Miss Him - 2:26
  7. 7. Please Help Me, I'm Falling - 2:23
  8. 8. (I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too - 2:25
  9. 9. I Really Don't Want to Know - 3:47
  10. 10. I Really Want You to Know - 2:28
  11. 11. Just One Time - 3:45
  12. 12. I Want to See You Too (Just One Time) - 2:22
  13. 13. Litty Bitty Tear - 2:07
  14. 14. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - 3:33
  15. 15. Dear John Letter - 2:55
  16. 16. We'll Sing in the Sunshine - 2:21

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