When this album was released, I wondered if the title should have been titled Custer's last stand. After all, none of these wonderful ladies were getting much airplay on American country radio and it seemed that their careers were finished. As things turned out, only Dolly has had significant success since this album was released, so this album, which sold surprisingly well considering the lack of airplay, was the last major success in the careers of Tammy and Loretta.
This album is firmly rooted in traditional country, with all three having their share of lead vocals. Most of the songs are country classics. It wasn't God who made honky tonk angels was the song that made Kitty Wells a major country star of the fifties. Kitty joins Dolly, Tammy and Loretta on this rendition. Put it off until tomorrow was written by Dolly in the sixties. It was a big country hit for Bill Phillips back then and was again a big hit when the Kendalls revived it in the early eighties. Dolly has recorded it several times, solo and with others. Silver threads and golden needles was first recorded by Wanda Jackson but was a top twenty pop hit in America for the Springfields (with Dusty as lead singer) and was later revived by Linda Ronstadt. Please help me I'm falling is a cover of the Hank Locklin classic, though Janie Fricke's version of this song is even better. Wings of a dove was a huge American hit for Ferlin Husky. I forgot more than you'll ever know launched the career of Skeeter Davis, although she was then part of the Davis sisters. Wouldn't it be great is a Loretta Lynn song that she had previously recorded on her own. That's the way it could have been was recorded in the seventies by Tammy - it was also recorded as a duet by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West. Lovesick blues is the old classic first popularised by Hank Williams (though his version was a cover). Patsy Cline also covered it and she makes a posthumous guest appearance on this track thanks to the wonders of technology. I dreamed of a hillbilly heaven is an old Tex Ritter song, adapted for the time it was recorded. There are just two songs that were new to me when I bought this - Sitting on a front porch swing and Let her fly and they are both brilliant.
Any fans of traditional country in general or any of the three singers in particular will love this album.