If I had to take only one Rose Maddox album to the proverbial desert island, this would be it. I love her early raucous work with her (many!) wild brothers, and her many great rockabillies and ballads for Capitol and King Records. But this one has a particular fascination; every song is a winner, and Rose is at the peak of her powers as a dramatic, rather fearless singer, working emotional terrain with absolute authority like few other female country singers. Here she covers themes of spirituality ("Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet"), celebration (the best version ever of "My Tennessee Mountain Home"), love and longing ("It's Been a Long Long Time").
Best of all is "Mr. Jackson," a subtle, ultimately wrenching tale of a loose-living woman who discovers the daughter whose father she wasn't sure of, and who she neglected, grows up to be the exactly the kind of "good-time girl" as her mother, even luring strangers into her web with the identical strategy: "I'd look all around for a fancy-dressed man with a fair-sized diamond ring. Put on a look that was older than me, walk right up to him. I'd touch his arm with the palm of my hand making sure it was soft and warm. I'd swallow my pride and my Sunday school learning and sweetly say to him, I'd say 'Mr. Jackson how you been? I haven't seen you for a long long time..." This song also appears, I believe, on Rose's album Queen of the West. But this is the version to get.