A nice compilation of two of Loretta Lynns late 1960's albums with a bonus of 8 tracks released as singles during the same period. Loretta's career was already well established when these albums were released in 1968 and 1969, but each set out the no-messing message that she was later to take on a couple of steps more with songs like The Pill. The track listing is available on amazon.com and bears a look, because if you are looking for a song called Barney which appeared on the first vinyl release of Your Squaw Is On The Warpath, it isn't here. Probably a contractual problem, but be warned. Everything else is here, and the bonus singles are good value, giving a total of 29 tracks.
The artwork for Your Squaw Is On The Warpath is distinctly 1960's, certainly not a brilliant idea, but it was part of the original release, so needed to be included.
Of the two albums featured, Fist City seems marginally the better with material that Loretta puts her heart into. Loretta always did use Wilburn Brothers material, their associations go back a long way, but her version of Somebodys Back In Town is very good, as is the Porter Wagoner staple, Satisfied Mind. Sprinkled on both albums is also her own material because Loretta could write as well as sing. The singles are valuable because they show clearly why Loretta Lynn had such a successful career. Albums made you money, but singles kept you in the publics eye, and Loretta never forgot that.
This is a reissue from Raven that is worth seeking out. I hope that more of Loretta Lynn's albums get the same treatment, because she sure made a lot of them, and there are some gems in the early releases like the astonishing Hymns and the defining Don't Come Home a'Drinking.