TNT is the ninth album by Tanya Tucker which came out in 1978. Working with a new producer in Jerry Goldstein, Tucker drifted away from her earlier country style to do a much more rock-based effort. She covers well-known rock songs originally performed by such artists as Buddy Holly ("Not Fade Away"), Elvis Presley ("Heartbreak Hotel"), and Chuck Berry ("Brown Eyed Handsome Man"). Tucker also covers John Prine's bluesy "Angel from Montgomery," previously performed by Prine himself. However, the best song on the album may be the original "Texas (When I Die)," which had never been previously recorded. The album was Tucker's second-highest ranked ever on the Billboard Country charts at #2, and even reached #54 in the Pop category. Stodgy old Nashville was shocked that Tanya would try and go pop/rock and even more shocked by the albums's center gatefold art. With it's large gatefold cover, Tanya Tucker's sexy curves looked hot in black leather. And then there was the inside... Tanya in a tight red leotard. HOT STUFF -- even by rock and punk standards, back in 1978 and quite a bit of controversy for her at the time. Despite the controversy the album went gold. Another great example of why I miss vinyl. I had this album hanging on my wall for many years. A CD reissue of this album did not include the center art. Even if it did a little bitty old pic just wouldn't be the same.
Not Fade Away