Loretta Lynn, All Time Greatest Hits
Impressions: As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not big on country music– mostly because of modern commericalization of the country style– but, when in the mood, this collection of cryin-in-your-beer, vintage country from Ms. Lynn is completely aggreable. “Wine, Women and Song” is a perfect introduction to her basic style. It’s all there: tasty, classic countryfied instrumental backup, her straightforward, yet singular voice and sharp lyrics. Tough, lived-in songs about cheating men, drinking and heartbreak that fit like a good pair of jeans. Okay, I love “FIST CITY!” How come I’ve never heard this song before!?!? Love the simple, autobiographical cut “Coal Miner’s Daughter” about Butcher Hollow, KY. Just hit after hit, no filler and a few nice duets with Conway Twitty (“After The Fire Is Gone,” “As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone.”) Speaking of that last song, sonically, even the phone conversations sounded cooler back then! I also, love the plinky piano and pedal-steel guitar that floats throughout the singles. Maybe young high-school-me wouldn’t have quite dug this but now it feels like hanging out in a perfect country dive bar, where everything (beer, peanuts, music,) is in the right place.