Floyd Tillman – Best of Floyd Tillman (CD)


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Amazingly, there are “comprehensive” country music references that somehow ignore one of honky-tonk’s great pioneers, Oklahoma-born Floyd Tillman. Tillman’s 1930s Decca recordings were wonderful examples of vibrant Western swing, but his greatest commercial triumphs came after he signed with Columbia in 1946. This superb 24-song collection focuses on his benchmark Columbia work, which retained the loose feel of his swing sides while morphing into an earthier honky-tonk style that was fused with a pop crooner’s sensibility. Tillman’s vocal style has been a major influence on many important country singers: his leisurely, relaxed phrasing paved the way for folks like Willie Nelson and his agile, swooping note bends can surely be heard in the work of Lefty Frizzell. What’s more, Tillman owns a number of significant songwriting credits, including country cornerstones such as the beautiful “I Love You So Much It Hurts” and “Slipping Around,” which is generally thought to be the genre’s first cheatin’ song. His baritone voice was gruff in nature, yet Tillman instilled it with an odd sort of gracefulness that allowed him to be quite a moving ballad singer. –Marc Greilsamer

Product details
Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: CD
Label: Collector’s Choice

Track Listings:
1. Drivin’ Nails In My Coffin
2. Go Out And Find Somebody New
3. Some Other World
4. I’m Leaving This Old World Someday
5. Gotta Have Somethin’
6. You Made Me Live, Love And Die
7. Please Don’t Pass Me By
8. I’ll Take What I Can Get
9. I Love You So Much It Hurts
10. Slipping Around
11. This Cold War With You
12. I’ll Never Slip Around Again
13. I Gotta Have My Baby Back
14. It Had To Be That Way
15. I Almost Lost My Mind
16. Just As Long As I Have You
17. I Don’t Care Anymore
18. I’m Falling For You
19. Each Night At Nine
20. I Love You Just As You Are
21. I’ll Still Be Loving You
22. Just One More Time
23. Call On Me (And I’ll Be There)
24. Let’s Make Memories Tonight