Liz Anderson was a fairly popular country singer during the 1960's as well as being perhaps the genre's leading female songwriter during the era, penning hits for several vocalists from Merle Haggard to Brenda Lee, as well as many hits for herself and teenaged daughter Lynn Anderson. Liz's heyday as a recording artist started to end just as Lynn was climbing to the very top of the industry in the early 1970's and ultimately her career has been overshadowed by her daughter's and other female stars of the period but make no mistake, Liz Anderson herself is one of the best female singer-songwriters country music has ever had with a unique style flavored with delicious humor and a pen as sharp and clever as any Broadway lyricist. Liz scored 17 Billboard country chart records from 1966 to 1973, earning two Grammy nominations, but since then she has only occasionally returned to the spotlight.
Back in 1982, Tudor Records brought a number of veteran country singers back into the studio to record albums to be sold mainly at speciality and collector's record shops. Liz ventured into the studio for her first album in over a decade that year with MY LAST ROSE, which has now been reissued on CD as STUDIO ONE ESSENTIALS. Most of these Tudor/Studio One Essential albums feature legendary country stars performing cover versions of classic or (then) current country hits but Liz was too good a songwriter not to have some original material on her album. Alas, this barebones CD release ("manufactured on demand") does not give any production information so it's unclear if all of the five "new" songs in this collection are from Liz's pen but they sure sound like they are, having that classic Liz Anderson feel.
Liz can't believe her lover is leaving in "Tell Me I'm Only Dreaming" but she can't wait for him to go in "Make Like the Wind and Blow Away". In another she concludes "I Guess It Wasn't Love After All". The album's highpoint is the very moving "My Last Rose", a story song that follows a traditional country music tale of lifelong love but it's definitely one of the best songs of this type.
The CD does contain five covers and it's great to hear the seldom-heard "Detour" (made famous by Patti Page) revived. Perhaps we didn't need covers of "Crazy" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" given how perfect the Patsy Cline and George Jones originals are but Liz is game and she does very well with Ernest Tubb's "I'm Walking the Floor Over You" and Dolly Parton's "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You". Being a outstanding songwriter herself, Liz no doubt chose these songs in admiration for their superb craftmanship. In her fifties at the time of these recordings, Liz may no longer have her almost coquettish edge from her RCA Victor era but she's still a charming vocalist. Hopefully her sensational work for RCA will one day get a much-needed CD retrospective. This modest production is naturally not up to the level of her classic works but I found it enjoyable. Fans might want to seek out Liz Anderson's website where one can purchase a few CDs recorded in recent decades including an excellent collection of all-western material.
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