October 29, 1979 12:00 PM

Crystal Gayle

Just as no diner at Colonel Sanders is ever likely to say, “What a spectacular piece of chicken!” no listener of Crystal’s is ever likely to say, “What a spectacular record!” That’s not to say, however, that she is anything less than dependably entertaining. Aside from an occasional vocal affectation and her propensity for overproduction, Gayle is a virtuoso of countrified pop with especially good taste in choosing material. This time she has included Marcia Routh’s A Little Bit of the Rain, Ted Lindsay’s Room for One More and Miss the Mississippi and You, a 1959 composition by Bill Halley on which she is at her simplest and best. It’s not to condescend to say that Crystal is the Patti Page of her era.

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