Wednesday, September 27, 2006

102. Loretta Lynn - Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) (1967)

Track Listing

1 Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)
2 I Really Don't Want to Know
3 Tommorow Never Comes
4 There Goes My Everything
5 The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight
6 Saint to Sinner
7 The Devil Gets His Dues
8 I Can't Keep Away from You
9 I'm Living in Two Worlds
10 Get What 'Cha Got and Go
11 Making Plans
12 I Got Caught


Another country album, and this one must be one of the best reviewed here up until now. Again like Haggard this is an album which really shines on the lyrics rather than the good but rather formulaic music. Loretta Lynn gives us a smattering of grassroots feminism which is not pretentious or overblown, but truthful and heartfelt.

Loretta Lynn has a great voice and cheerily recounts tales of betrayal, revenge and women paying man back in the same coin. And it's just great. This is an album which demands repeated listenings and particular attention to the lyrics. If you don't pay attention to what Loretta is saying, it is very possible that his will just pass through you as an unremarkable country album.

Unfortunately this is an impossible to get album. I have it on vinyl and I think that's the only way you can get it. Amazon lists unavailable Audio Cassetes but there is no CD reissue in Europe or the States. This is actually quite sad, as other crappier but more conservative country musicians reviewed here earlier have several editions of their albums available, but maybe that says more about the audience of country than the quality of the musicians. Cash, Haggard, Nelson and some others are of course exceptions but as much due to having found a following outside the Country Music scene as anything. Loretta herself has an audience but this, her best album, is almost lost.

Track Highlights

1. Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)
2. Get What 'Cha Got and Go
3. The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight
4. Saint to Sinner

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

In her heyday, Lynn was no stranger to controversy. She had more banned songs than any other artist in the history of country music, including "Rated X" (about the double standards divorced women face), "Wings Upon Your Horns" (about the loss of teenage virginity), and most famously, "The Pill" (about a wife and mother becoming liberated via birth control).

No comments: