Coal Miner’s Daughter: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Good friends will support your vinyl habit, great friends will support your vinyl habit while giving you some good-natured ribbing about it.

A conversation with my friend Melissa:

Melissa: You call yourself a music fan, but you’ve never seen ’Coal Miner’s Daughter’?

Me: I’ve just never seen it.

Melissa: That is unacceptable.

A couple of days later she showed up with the soundtrack on vinyl; I love my friends.

In case you don’t know, Sissy Spacek portrays Loretta Lynn and Beverly D’Angelo plays Patsy Cline. The actresses performed their respective songs in the movie; aside from one song from Levon Helm, this record is basically a Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline cover album.

Musically, Coal Miner’s Daughter: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is perfect. It is an exact replication of the 1960s country music sound. Hollywood did not take any liberties with the music and stayed true to exactly how these songs are supposed to be played. Essentially, this record is full of perfectly polished renditions of country classics.

Vocally, this album is stunning. If these songs were playing in a bar you would be hard-pressed to pick out whether or not it is Loretta Lynn or Sissy Spacek doing the singing.

The Patsy songs are a tiny bit different. There is a touch of Broadway-style performance in Beverly D’Angelo’s voice, but it is ever so slight.

I appreciate my friend for gifting me this record. Now, I need to watch the movie.

My favorite track: You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man

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