Today’s Classic Album Review looks back at Pam Tillis‘ first major success. Put Yourself in My Place wasn’t her first album release, 1983’s Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey was the first. But this was her first hit album. It soared as high as ten on the bestseller lists, upon it’s January, 1991 release by Arista. The album, certified Gold for sales of 500,000, featured five singles, including three top ten hits.
One of those singles, the title track, “Put Yourself in My Place”, opens the album. The bouncy, rockabilly-ish track is a solid opening to this collection. It sets a great tone for the rest of the album. As a single, it was the album’s third release, it just missed the top ten in the Fall of 1991.
“Melancholy Child” retains a bit of the rockabilly feel, yet has more of a bluegrass feel to it. One of the album’s Hidden Gem contenders, it’s a strong track.
Many would argue that “Maybe It Was Memphis” is the album’s highlight, and it would be hard to disagree. A top three hit in early 1992, it’s among her best work.
“Blue Rose Is” was a single deserving of a better fate, than a twenty-one peak. Good, solid piece of Country music, and strong lyrics. Gotta love the steel work, here.
“Don’t Tell Me What to Do”, the debut single, climbed into the top five in the early Spring of 1991. This is a track that features a catchy hook with its title, and has a melody that sticks with you, like a good meal. Again, among Pam Tillis’ best work.
There’s not a plethora of ballads, but the ones included are strong. “One of Those Things”, which was the album’s second single, climbing into the top ten during the Summer of 1991. Strong piece of music, here.
Another Hidden Gem contender is “Draggin’ My Chains”, a lively piece of music that one can’t help but like. Vocals, as they are throughout the album, are outstanding.
“Ancient History” continues the brigade of good country music. it’s a song that, even if you’ve not heard it before, it still has that feel of familiarity to it.
And the same is true of “I’ve Seen Enough to Know”. You’re sure you’ve heard it before, even if you haven’t. This one is, a little under the rest of the album, in lyric quality, but it’s still not a bad track, enjoyable to listen to.
The album wraps with one more rockabilly-style piece. “Already Fallen”, provides a great wrap-up to this disc. Good track to end things.
Overall, this was a great effort. Strong and consistent throughout, there’s not anything to dislike, here. This album played a major role in building up her fan base. And it’s still one of Pam Tillis’ best. I rate it a 5 out of 5.
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Mike the Country Musicologist is a lifelong music and radio fanatic, lover of vintage agriculture, and big sports fan, including the Colts, Reds, Hurricanes, Pacers, Purdue & Butler Universities. He has collected records since childhood, focusing on classic country and top 40 oldies music. He convinced Vincennes University to give him an Associate’s Degree in broadcasting. He’s worked for several stations in Indiana and North Carolina, including his current gig. He hosts the weekly World Famous Ultimate Twang Radio Show. You can listen Thursdays, 4-7p ET on WSFM-LPFM/AshevilleFM, at 103.3 FM in Asheville, North Carolina, and online at ashevillefm.org. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.