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ⓘ God Bless America Again is the twentieth solo studio album and third gospel album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on J ..



God Bless America Again
                                     

ⓘ God Bless America Again

God Bless America Again is the twentieth solo studio album and third gospel album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on June 5, 1972, by Decca Records. This was Lynns last album of religious material for over 20 years. Her next gospel album would be 1997s All Time Gospel Favorites.

The title song was cowritten by Bobby Bare and has led some to mislabel this release as a collection of patriotic songs. Largely consisting of new material, the album also includes a few well-known songs, including "Softly and Tenderly", "Just a Closer Walk with Thee", and "If God Is Dead Whos That Living in My Soul". Lynn wrote two songs for the album, "Working for the Lord" and "I Pray My Way Out of Trouble".

                                     

1. Critical reception

Billboard published a review in the July 1, 1972 issue that said, "With material that proves show stoppers in her concert appearances, Miss Lynn has a powerful sales item in these strong performances. Among the top cuts are the title tune as well as "Working for the Lord", "If God Is Dead", "I Feel Like Traveling On", and "I Pray My Way Out of Trouble"."

In the June 17 issue, Cashbox published a review saying, "America was truly blessed with new hope and resources at the time that "God Bless America" was written, and if this country ever needed a blessing again, it’s here and now. Most fortunately, the blessing bestowed upon us with this album is Loretta Lynn’s pure and true country talent, delivering, eleven songs revolving around the theme of our proud American heritage and its future. Listen to "Six Feet of Sod" and "Livin in Gods Country" and watch the Stars and Stripes wave in time to the music."

                                     

2. Recording

Recording sessions for the album took place two years before the album was released. The first session was on April 8, 1970, at Bradleys Barn in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Two additional sessions followed on July 15 and August 12.

                                     

3. Personnel

Adapted from the album liner notes and Decca recording session records.

  • Owen Bradley – producer
  • Grady Martin – guitar
  • Harold Bradley – bass guitar, electric bass guitar
  • Darrell Johnson – mastering
  • Conway Twitty – recitation on "God Bless America Again"
  • Pete Wade – guitar
  • Loretta Lynn – lead vocals
  • Hargus Robbins – piano
  • The Jordanaires – background vocals
  • Ray Edenton – guitar
  • Junior Huskey – bass
  • Hal Rugg – steel guitar, dobro
  • Oliver Lynn – liner notes
  • Buddy Harman – drums
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