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Country - Released January 1, 1967 | MCA Nashville

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The title track was one of those defining songs for Loretta Lynn, not only one of the best but one of the most likeable country & western artists. She bats one home run after another in these vocals, singing her brains out and coming across as totally convincing in each role she takes on. The cynical "I Got Caught" is one of her finer originals, while she also has the knack of picking covers that suit her perfectly, such as "The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight" by the underrated Buddy Mize. No country fan will mind that she covers a number by her old sidekick, Ernest Tubb. Then there's the pickers who came along for the ride, totally tearing it up. The series of lead guitar/pedal steel interchanges that run through this album are certainly more attractive than the Nashville freeway system, and definitely contributed more to 20th century civilization. Lynn would later record the song "You're Lookin' at Country," and that pretty much sums up the view of this mighty lady. This here is stone-cold country, and it doesn't get much better. ~ Eugene Chadbourne

Country - Released March 4, 2016 | Legacy Recordings


Country - Released September 28, 2018 | Legacy Recordings

At 86 years old, the Coal Miner’s Daughter still has a place on the Nashville stage. A leading figure of Opry in the 1960s, this great lady who started from nothing to reach the summit of her art is respected, even worshipped by all country music enthusiasts. With Wouldn't It Be Great, she has released a deeply personal project that looks back at her career. Faithful to the traditional country music of the honkytonks and the Carter Family, it is not surprising to hear her sing the anthem of her autobiography Coal Miner’s Daughter once again. Forty-eight years have passed and yet her charm has remained intact. Steel guitar, fiddle and high-pitched voice − the more time passes, the stronger the emotional impact. Although Loretta goes back to some great classics (God Makes No Mistakes), she doesn’t fall for corny nostalgia. Once again co-produced by John Carter Cash and his daughter Patsy Lynn Russell, the album also features original songs like No Time To Go and Ruby’s Stool. Although Loretta Lynn sticks out with her long blue dress in today’s world, a single song is enough for the listener understand the majesty of the Queen of Country Music. © Clara Bismuth/Qobuz

Country - Released September 13, 1994 | Geffen

Loretta Lynn's three-disc box set Honky Tonk Girl: Collection has the requisite rarities, but the real strength of the set is how it offers all of her essential tracks -- from 1960s "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl" to 1988's "Who Was That Stranger" -- in one place. Not only are her classic hits like "Fist City" and "Coal Miner's Daughter" included, but so are most of her hit duets with Conway Twitty, such as "After the Fire Is Gone" and "As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone." A few hits are missing -- notably "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" -- but Honky Tonk Girl remains the one comprehensive and essential Loretta Lynn collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Country - Released January 1, 2002 | MCA Nashville

This straightforward hits collection contains all 16 of Loretta Lynn's number one country hits according to Billboard, five of them duets with Conway Twitty, plus three number two hits and three number three hits, all released originally between 1964 and 1979. The singer also scored one other number two hit, the Twitty duet "I Still Believe in Waltzes" from 1981, and several other number three hits, as well as numerous other major songs that are not included. Some of them could have fit on a CD that runs less than 57 and a half minutes, but from a record company point of view the issue is less the time than the number of tracks, since song publishers must be paid royalties on each title. That makes 22 tracks (none of which run longer than three minutes and 15 seconds) a packed disc from a profit perspective, even if consumers wonder why the album isn't more complete. As it is, there are enough of Lynn's big records to justify the title and make this a good purchase for anyone seeking a single-disc hits collection. ~ William Ruhlmann

Ambiance - Released October 7, 2016 | Legacy Recordings

Recorded during the same extensive sessions with Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash that produced 2016's Full Circle, 2016's White Christmas Blue shares many aesthetic similarities with its predecessor. Spare and simple without being Spartan, White Christmas Blue is rather stark for a holiday album and that's its charm: it's not quite rustic, yet it's down-home and proudly part of country tradition. To that end, White Christmas Blue contains a pair of songs from A Country Christmas, the holiday album she released in 1966. "Country Christmas" and "To Heck with Ole Santa Claus" sit nicely alongside a set of familiar carols and secular seasonal songs -- not to mention the title track, which is a perfectly fine new original tune -- and the cumulative effect is cozy and comforting, a record that could easily be played around the fireplace every holiday season. On top of that, White Christmas Blue showcases Lynn's enduring skills in a somewhat more appealing fashion than Full Circle. Where that album was deliberately designed to encompass the run of Lynn's life, the modest ambitions of a Christmas album reveal how assured Lynn remains as a singer and how Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash surround her with a band that's sympathetic and never affected, ingredients that result in a pleasing album regardless of the season. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Country - Released January 1, 2005 | MCA Nashville

MCA's 2005 release The Definitive Collection expands upon its 2002 collection, All Time Greatest Hits. The 2002 disc contained 22 tracks, including all 16 of Loretta Lynn's Billboard number one country hits (including her duets with Conway Twitty). This collection contains every one of those 22 tracks, adding three iconic songs that weren't on All Time Greatest Hits: "Blue Kentucky Girl," "You're Lookin' at Country," and "The Pill." For those who own the 2002 disc, that may not be enough to warrant the purchase of this new collection, but it does make The Definitive Collection a stronger overview and the best single-disc Loretta retrospective yet assembled. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Country - Released January 1, 1965 | MCA Nashville


Country - Released January 1, 1992 | Geffen*


Country - Released January 1, 1971 | Geffen*

Unlike the song, autobiography and film of the same name, the album Coal Miner's Daughter isn't a reflection on Loretta Lynn's upbringing. Instead, it's merely a standard, early '70s collection of originals and covers, all performed with gusto by Lynn. Coal Miner's Daughter boasts a stronger, more consistent selection of material than most of her other albums from the period, and contains a number of her classics, like the title song and "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," plus a handful of lesser-known gems. ~ Thom Owens

Country - Released January 1, 1968 | MCA Nashville

She had a big hand in raising Nashville's perception of women as capable and competent (although the city still has a way to go). "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'" and "You Ain't Woman Enough" are particularly representative: sassy, honest, and aggressive. ~ Tom Roland

Musiques de Noël - Released November 14, 2016 | Old Stars

There are those who would like to set every Christmas album ever recorded ablaze over a Yuletide fireplace, but let's hope these cheerless arsonists overlook this already well-roasted chestnut of a record. If anyone has the personality to make a good Christmas record, it would be Loretta Lynn. But there are surprise goodies in her gift bag, as she even manages to come up with three great original numbers based on the holiday, the best of the batch being "To Heck With Ole Santa Claus." Her playful side helps her extract nice feelings from too-familiar numbers such as "Silver Bells" and "Frosty the Snowman." And she's such a great vocalist she is able to give both Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby a run for the mistletoe as she takes Christmas from shades of blue to white and back again. Some good country session pickers hold things together whenever she stops for a holiday smooch. ~ Eugene Chadbourne

Country - Released April 22, 1968 | MCA Nashville


Country - Released January 1, 1974 | MCA Nashville


Country - Released April 13, 2016 | Shami Media Group


Country - Released February 29, 2016 | Shami Media Group 3


Country - Released September 12, 2000 | Audium Entertainment LLC

The coal miner's daughter carries the traditional country torch while managing to stay current; Loretta Lynn applies tried and true American heartache with some contemporary flourishes. Still Country features the country radio hit "Country in My Genes" and the splendidly bittersweet "Table for Two (Party of One)." ~ Zac Johnson

Country - Released January 1, 1966 | MCA Nashville


Country - Released January 1, 1973 | MCA Nashville


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