Loretta Lynn – Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) (1967)

Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind) is the ninth solo studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on February 6, 1967, by Decca Records.

In the issue dated February 18, 1967, Billboard published a review of the album that said, “Top country stylist assembled a winning program of good country tunes, old and new, and delivers them in her own distinct style. Her touching performance of “There Goes My Everything” is contrasted by the rhythm arrangement of “The Devil Gets His Dues” and “I Got Caught”. Bound to be a sales giant.”

Cashbox also published a review in the February 18 issue which said, “Loretta Lynn has taken the title of her current smash single “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” for her new LP and come up with a package that all of her fans should be eager to hear. Besides the title song, Loretta offers such well known country tunes as “There Goes My Everything”, “The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight”, and “I’m Living in Two Worlds”. Should be a big one for Loretta here.”

Track Listing:

Side one
1. “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)”
2. “I Really Don’t Want to Know”
3. “Tomorrow Never Comes”
4. “There Goes My Everything”
5. “The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight”
6. “Saint to a Sinner”

Side two
1. “The Devil Gets His Dues”
2. “I Can’t Keep Away from You”
3. “I’m Living in Two Worlds”
4. “Get Whatcha Got and Go”
5. “Making Plans”
6. “I Got Caught”

AllMusic Review: 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

Schill Score: 4/10

Schill Comment: Musically the album is pretty good, but on this one her voice is too high/loud it actually hurts your ears.

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