When the history of West Coast country music is written, Buck Owens will have at least one, possibly two chapters to himself. Tommy Collins will have an honourable mention. Yet it was Tommy Collins who provided inspiration for Buck, wrote songs, played in bands and was, for a fair while, a big Capitol artist in his own right. Buck shows in this great tribute album just why Tommy was so good. Tommy Collins was, unfairly in my view, branded as a singer of novelty songs. This probably came about because songs like Whatcha Gonna Do, and It Tickles, sold well and were popular. I just feel that with these songs, Tommy was trying to bring genuine humour into his act, because there is so much more depth in his other writing. If you listen to the sheer melancholy of My Last Chance With You this reveals the depths of his insight into a love affair, and most of his material reveals similar understanding. Heavy stuff. His public probably needed the humour to bring back a smile. Tommy was a deeply religious man. He left music to preach for a while, and High on a Hill Top is by any standards a great song that combines belief, emotion and humanity. With this album Buck Owens makes his own admiration clear, and its a superb tribute. If you want to listen to Tommy Collins himself, there is only the lovely Bear Family Box set of 5 CDs. Try this as a taster, its that good.