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Album Review

Regardless of whether Things Go Better with Love ever appears on CD, you'll want the original vinyl edition. The cover folds out to create a three-foot-high poster of Jeannie C. Riley in all her backwoods babe-aliciousness, clad in silver go-go boots and a glitzy red dress shorter than a Pentecostal preacher's patience. And you can judge this record by its cover, because Things Go Better with Love is big, bold, and brash. There's a bizarrely right-wing feminist anthem called "The Rib" that celebrates women's lib while placating the bruised egos of menfolk everywhere, as well as "The Back Side of Dallas," a similarly misguided attempt to recapture the biting social satire of "Harper Valley P.T.A." Only harebrained ballads like the title cut make any real sense — which is fine, because Jeannie's a lover, not a fighter.


Born: 19 September 1945 in Anson, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for her international crossover hit "Harper Valley P.T.A.," Jeannie C. Riley was born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson in Anson, TX, where she developed a love of country music as a girl. When she was a teenager, she made her first public performance, appearing on her uncle's jamboree show. Soon after high-school graduation, she married Mickey Riley; she wanted to become a professional musician, so she and her new husband moved to Nashville, where she performed secretarial work at Passkey Music....
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