With Love From Lynn
Chart Records LP 1013 | Released March 1969 | Peak Chart Position: 22
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THE LINER NOTES
Released in March of 1969, ‘With Love From Lynn’ was Lynn’s fourth outing for Chart Records, and the midpoint release of her three-year run with the label.
Boosted by two singles, Curly Putman’s ballad, “Our House Is Not a Home”, and Liz Anderson’s “Flattery Will Get You Everywhere”, the album featured ten additional tracks that had a decided focus on the newest trend on Music Row: the Play on Words; songs that relied more on lyric twists or double entendre than the story itself.
The result, in this case, is an album that leaves the listener wanting more of the singer, and less of the songs—a grab-bag of material Lynn obviously was growing beyond as an artist, but others felt bore her signature. At twenty-two, with a grand total of four albums behind her, she’s already in danger of being typecast; a, “… cute little country-western singer…”, as she was known to millions on the Lawrence Welk Show, singing cute little country songs.
But that stereotype is largely sidestepped here, by two tracks that remind us of how her range, interpretation and feel for a lyric could make virtually any song her own. Her lilt and falsetto breaks in the Leon Ashley/Margie Singleton shuffle, “Flower of Love” plays her alongside a dobro that gives the song an almost acoustic, bluegrass feel perfectly tailored for her. And in perhaps her most daring performance yet; her take on the Billy Sherrill/Tammy Wynette hit, “Stand By Your Man”, showcases a depth, emotion and attachment to the lyric that’s all Lynn Anderson, giving the song an entirely new identity, from an artist just beginning to establish her own.
J Buck Ford
"All You Add Is Love" / "Stand By Your Man" / "Too Many Dollars, Not Enough Sense" / "A Million Shades of Blue" / "Only Baby That'll Walk The Line" / "Be Quiet, Mind" / "Flower of Love" / "Wave Bye Bye To The Man" / "Our House Is Not A Home" / "The Wife You Save May Be Your Own" / "The Auctioneer" / "Flattery Will Get You Everywhere"