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listen  1. Wine, Women And SongLoretta Lynn 2:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My ManLoretta Lynn 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)Loretta Lynn 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Fist CityLoretta Lynn 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. You've Just Stepped In (From Stepping Out On Me)Loretta Lynn 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Woman Of The World (Leave My World Alone) (Single Version)Loretta Lynn 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Coal Miner's Daughter (Single Version)Loretta Lynn 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. After The Fire Is GoneConway Twitty and Loretta Lynn 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. You're Lookin' At Country (Single Version)Loretta Lynn 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Lead Me On (Single Version)Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. One's On The Way (Single Version)Loretta Lynn 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Rated "X" (Single Version)Loretta Lynn 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Pill (Single Version)Loretta Lynn 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Love Is The Foundation (Single Version)Loretta Lynn 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Louisiana Woman, Mississippi ManConway Twitty and Loretta Lynn 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone (Single Version)Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Trouble In Paradise (Single Version)Loretta Lynn 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. When The Tingle Becomes A Chill (Single Version)Loretta Lynn 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen22. Out Of My Head And Back In My Bed (Single Version)Loretta Lynn 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • ASIN: B0009NZ3QY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

These 25 classics form a sort of primer in the art of the Nashville turnaround, a country music staple in which the storyline is capped with a climactic twist, which serves to reshuffle everything leading up to it. When it's done right, the turnaround delivers the payoff with the concision of poetry and the perfect symmetry of algebra, and Lynn's own songs are designed as meticulously as the cover tunes, written by Nashville's canniest songsmiths. Loretta may have gotten a late start on her musical career, but she's spent close to a half century making up for it, as these 25 intimate slices of 20th Century American life so sublimely demonstrate. MCA. 2005.

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I listen to XM Radio in the truck a lot.
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Loretta (along with Dolly and Tammy) helped to change this forever, by recording songs that appealed to women as well as men.
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I would recommend this to any country music fan.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on June 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Currently experiencing a career resurgence thanks to her Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose, Loretta Lynn established herself as one of country music's greatest artists during her twenty-plus years on Decca/MCA. Lynn's early records at Decca like "Wine, Women, And Song" and "Blue Kentucky Girl" were very much in the traditional female country vein and had a subservient theme. 1965's "You Ain't Woman Enough" and 1966's "Don't Come Home A Drinkin'" drastically altered that doormat persona and were also the first hits Lynn wrote at Decca. From then on, Lynn would become a voice and role model for women everywhere.

From 1967 - 1971, Lynn was at her commercial and artistic peak. She wrote most of her hits during this period and no subject appears to have been off-limits. "Fist City" finds Lynn willing to get physical to keep her man while "Rated X" discusses the stigma placed on divorced on women. "One's On The Way" humorously poked at the drudgeries of being a housewife with a lot of kids. Country pride also played a prominent role in Lynn's music during this era with "You're Looking At Country" and"Coal Miner's Daughter," which would become Lynn's signature song.

By 1972, Lynn stopped writing her own material (due to a bad publishing deal with the Wilburn Brothers). Her musical stylings had expanded, with "Trouble In Paradise" finding Lynn experimenting with rock (and sounding extremely ill at ease). Pop-flavored ballads like "When The Tingle Becomes A Chill" and "Somebody Somewhere" also became more common as Lynn's distinctive sound became watered down during the mid-to-late 1970s (when her recording career began to wind down), yet all retain at least a modicum of charm.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Note - this compilation is a re-issue and re-packaging of an earlier compilation (All-time greatest hits) with three additional tracks - Blue Kentucky girl, You're looking at country and The pill. This compilation has a higher price so if you're choosing between the two, your decision will be based on the value you place on those three tracks.

At the start of the sixties, female singers had a really hard tine getting noticed, except Patsy Cline. Loretta (along with Dolly and Tammy) helped to change this forever, by recording songs that appealed to women as well as men. While men (including myself) can sometimes be satisfied with women singing love songs, Loretta recorded some hard-hitting songs about life and its struggles.

Examples of her diverse themes include her heritage (Coal miners' daughter), fending off other women (You ain't woman enough, Woman of the world, Fist city), everyday life (One's on the way) and the evil of drinking too much (Don't come home a-drinking). All these songs can be found on this collection. Of course, she sings love songs too and plenty of those are included on this set, although these are not what Loretta is best remembered for. Among the love songs here is a cover of She's got you, a Patsy Cline song that Loretta also had a huge country hit with.

Her duets with Conway Twitty were an important feature of her career. Five are included here - After the fire is gone, Lead me on, As soon as I hang up the phone, Louisiana woman Mississippi man and Feelins'.

Notwithstanding Van Lear Rose, her incredible comeback album in 2004, Loretta's reputation ultimately rests on the music that she recorded in the sixties and seventies.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 19, 2005
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A fine, 25-song best-of that overlaps with other Loretta collections (including a few duets with Conway Twitty...) "Definitive" is definitely a relative term, here, especially considering how thorough and gratifying the old, 4-CD "Honky Tonk Girl" box set has proven over the years. Still, this is a great introduction to her work, and dips into some of her later work from 1975-onwards, stuff that doesn't readily come to mind when you're thinking of Loretta's glory years, but that still holds up nicely today. They seem to have omitted her novelty hit, "Your Squaw Is On The Warpath" (presumably because of modern-day PC concerns...) but the rest of the songs on here are of at least equal calibre to that old chestnut. Other Loretta best-ofs may serve you equally well, but this disc is unquestionably first-class.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Patrick on June 7, 2005
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I have just finished listening to this collection, and it's a very enjoyable compilation, particularly if you put some of the songs in the context of when they were recorded. I have never been a die-hard Loretta Lynn fan, and only became aware of her when the film "Coal Miner's Daughter" was released back in 1980. But this offering is gorgeously packaged, with nice liner notes and chart positions for every track. My personal favorites are "Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone)," "One's On The Way," "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)," and the Conway Twitty duets "As Soon As I Hang Up the Phone" and "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man." 25 tracks in all. Now if MCA would just re-release her 80's album, "Just A Woman" on CD!
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