December 14, 1981 12:00 PM

Mel Tillis and Nancy Sinatra

It’s been a long time between hits for Nancy (her big one, These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, topped the charts in 1966), and there are more likely partners for Tillis. But their voices blend appealingly, and if they’re not the most passionate country duet around, they take a congenial approach that makes this a most pleasant album. They sing such standbys as I’ll Never Be Free, an old Kay Starr-Tennessee Ernie Ford hit, and After the Lovin’. Among a nice mix of newer tunes are the almost gospel-like Play Me or Trade Me, an Owen Davis-Mike Huffman novelty about TV football widows (“There won’t be no instant replay/ When I walk out the door”) and Texas Cowboy Night, which sounds as if Roy Rogers could have sung it in one of his ’40s movies. In any case, Tillis profits a lot more from this matchup than he did from the one with Terry Bradshaw.

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