Loretta Lynn’s landmark album Van Lear Rose from 2004 is the latest important album from the country music catalog to get pulled from digital streaming and download services. Produced by Jack White, it is considered by many to be one of Loretta’s best records, and resulted in a comeback moment for the country legend, who was 72-years-old at the time, working with the 28-year-old Jack White.
Released on Interscope Records, which is a division of the Universal Music Group, Van Lear Rose went on to be nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning two of them for Best Country Album, and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Portland, Oregon” with Jack White. It debuted at #2 on the country charts, and #24 on the Billboard 200, making it Loretta’s best crossover album at the time. Van Lear Rose was lauded by critics, and ended up on numerous “Best of the Decade” lists for the aughts.
Why Van Lear Rose has been pulled from download and streaming services remains a mystery. Saving Country Music has reached out to Interscope Records and The Universal Music Group with no response. Representatives from Loretta’s current label Sony referred all questions to Interscope. A long-time signee to Decca and MCA Records during the heart of her career, Van Lear Rose was the only record Loretta Lynn released with Interscope Records. She later signed with Sony’s Legacy imprint in 2015.
What we do know is the disappearance of Van Lear Rose is not just in the United States, but is affecting some international markets as well. This is different from the recent disappearance of Dwight Yoakam’s debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc., which was pulled by his label amid a Copyright dispute. It is still available for listeners outside of the United States.
The 13 tracks of Van Lear Rose were solely written by Loretta Lynn, aside from one co-write with Jack White, and another with her husband Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn. The album was named for the Van Lear mine where Loretta’s father worked. No other titles from the Loretta Lynn catalog appear to be missing from streaming and download services at this time. It is unclear when the title was pulled, but it appears to have happened near the end of the first week of March.
The disappearance of Van Lear Rose comes as Loretta Lynn readies the release of her latest record Still Woman Enough on March 19th.
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