Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Van Lear Rose

4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
Customers also viewed these available items
Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

Amazon's Loretta Lynn Store


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Product details

  • Audio CD (18 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music International
  • ASIN: B00B2W9YWA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
I had heard of Loretta Lynn but I had not heard anything by her until I listened to this CD quite by chance in a record store in Times Square NYC. Ohh and for the record I had not heard any of White Stripes work either. To say that "Van Lear Rose" has taken me by surprise is an understatement. Right from the opening title track to the closing strains of the final track I was held spellbound. It's the kind of album that Emmylou Harris should have released instead of her last effort and is full of that wonderful muddy guitar sound that lifts the songs and blends in so well with the arrangements that Jack White has tailored to suit the worldly voice of Loretta. The songs all tell a story, some happy and some not so happy. The title track sets out the stall for the rest of the album which is 40 minutes of perfection. Her duet with Jack "Portland Oregon" is a case of old meets new in terms of the music business. Many of the tracks appear to be quite personal like the stunning spoken "Little Red Shoes" which left me breathless, "Miss Being Mrs" about the pain of widowhood and "Story Of My Life" the title of which speaks for itself. I'm not a country music fan but then this is not just country music, it just happens to be great music sung by a country music singer and I love it.
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I can't add a lot to what other good folks have written already about this fine album. I agree with most of the praise and can only add that this is a future classic that will sound as good in ten or twenty years as it sounds today. Jack White of White Stripes fame is eleavated from a good contemporary rock artist to a heroic visionary thanks to his producing and arranging skills as showcased on this album. And Loretta? I simply adore her. She sounds better and more contemporary than ever. The Lady may be close to seventy years old but it seems like she's as vibrant and good as in her glory days. Her songwriting and singing is as skillful and heartfelt as could be, perhaps even better than when she hit her stride way back in the sixties. Loretta Lynn and Jack White is obviously a recording marriage made in heaven.It's a shame that the best country AND rock album of the 21st century isn't all over the charts everywhere. It's seldom one stumbles across an album that is both traditional and contemporary in the best sense of both words. Have mercy.....
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 28 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is a revelation. The opening title track starts like a thousand other country songs until heavy guitar, rumbling bass and rock drumming kick in as Loretta's voice soars and you know you're listening to something utterly new. A few years ago Emmylou Harris took country music to new heights when she chose to be produced by Daniel Lanois, the Canadian who's arranged a lot of U2's best music. This album is quite different in style but, with the production and musical assistance of one of The White Stripes, achieves the same in pushing back musical frontiers.
Loretta's vocals are so strong - she's 70 years of age! - and the songs are the usual stuff of country music - broken relationships, poverty, desperation, drinking and murder. The more traditional sounding songs with just her voice, guitar, pedal-steel guitar and fiddle are particularly well played and produced. Even two gospel-tinged songs, Have Mercy and High on a Mountain Top, are given highly innovative productions. Little Red Shoes could be described as a kind of country rap - Loretta talking over a dreamy, bluesy riff about her mother buying her a pair of shoes when she was a child. On the track Women's Prison, about her being sent to jail for the murder of her cheating lover, simply listen to the music rise and fall and then finish off in a cacophony of distorted guitar. Revelatory.
Gram Parsons is said to have invented "country rock". Who would have thought that Loretta Lynn would be continuing that tradition in such a raucous fashion more than thirty years later. I'm sure that Johnny Cash would have loved this album. This is as country music can be.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
What can I say? Loretta's newest masterpiece Van Lear Rose is amazing! At 70 going on 29 (with producer Jack White), Loretta proves that she still has what it takes to deliver the goods.
When I heard that Jack White of The White Stripes was going to produce this album, I was of course surprised. I had no idea Loretta had planned on releasing a new album, and I had no idea it was her who chose Jack to help produce it! The results are amazing nonetheless! Van Lear Rose is a true Country-sounding album with a bit of an edge of rock-n-roll in it. When she sings, she sounds so full of life. And even though a few of the songs are about 2 minutes in length, the listener can easily identify with what the song's talking about and [the listener's] left satisfied hearing that song because it's just THAT good.
Out of the 13 songs all written by Loretta, my top favorite songs off the Van Lear Rose album are "Portland Oregon" (a duet with Jack White), "High On a Mountain Top," the title track "Van Lear Rose," and "Women's Prison." All of the songs are stunning and you'll be listening to them over and over and over again. Loretta teaming up with Jack White proves that even the oddest pairings can always deliver stunning perfection.
This is a very, very decent album and I recommend it to anyone who's a Loretta fan or is just even the slightest bit interested in her music. This is great country music that, I believe, is one of Loretta's best recordings ever.
Loretta plans on making a religous album and Christmas album and is thinking of having Jack White produce those albums as well. Keep your fingers crossed!
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Customer Discussions


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback