RS #478: Loretta Lynn – All Time Greatest Hits


Loretta Lynn, All Time Greatest Hits

Release Date: 1971
Previously Owned: No
First Time Listen: Yes
Loretta Lynn, All-Time Greatest Hits
Her All-Time Greatest Hits of All-Time

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.

Starred Songs:  “Wine, Women, and Song,” “Fist City,” “Rated ‘X,'” “She’s Got You,” I mean, they are all hits… so you can’t go wrong.
Sneaky Track:  “As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone”
Should this album be on the list? Yes
Will you listen to this again?  Sure… or at least mix some songs into the iTunes rotation
Verdict: Air tight collection of short, bittersweet proto-feminist country songs that are done up just right.
Rating: ★★★★