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Album Review

Certain expectations arise when an artist's first recordings are repackaged and resold after they have made it big. Often a listener expects nothing from such a release and is pleasantly surprised. Such a reaction would be expected with this particular set, because, after all, Lynn's first recording sessions for the Vancouver Zero label created the material that, along with a hundred-thousand miles or so of tire tread, got her started along the road to becoming the country legend she is today. But repeated listenings to this material will result in the appraisal going up a few notches. For a debut effort no doubt done under a lot of pressure with not so ideal conditions, this material is pretty impressive. One striking thing about this recording is that all the songs were written by Lynn, not a common thing for a country artist, especially when they are going into the studios for the first time. The songs are really very good, rich with detail and, needless to say, convincing in emotion. Lynn is already coming into her own, but there is more of a Kitty Wells influence. The backup is of a more standard variety, with none of the showboating, breath-stopping pedal steel, and lead guitar interplay that makes her later recording career so exciting. The band does surprise, though, coming up with a near B.B. King sound for the cute "Heartaches Meet Mr. Blues." Session men are uncredited, but, since this was recorded in Los Angeles, the listener can assume for sure that they weren't Nashville cats.

Customer Reviews

CMA Award-Winning Legend's Finest!

The Gold set is one of only a few ways to get Success, She's Got You, Your Squaw Is On The Warpath, You're Lookin' At Country, Coal Miner's Daughter, Don't Come Home A Drinkin', and You Ain't Woman Enough all together. It's also the cheapest option to do so through iTunes, I believe. The sound is incredible and the music is compelling, so let's celebrate the beautiful tribute on the 2010 CMA's by listening to this treasured compilation.

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Biography

Born: April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Loretta Lynn is one of the classic country singers. During the '60s and '70s, she ruled the charts, racking up over 70 hits as a solo artist and a duet partner. Lynn helped forge the way for strong, independent women in country music. As told by her song (and movie and book), Loretta Lynn is a coal miner's daughter, born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky in 1932. As a child, she sang in church and at a variety of local concerts. In January 1949, she married Oliver "Mooney" Lynn. She was 13 years old at...
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