In the issue dated May 4, 1968, Billboard magazine published a review of the album, saying, "Loretta Lynn couples potent lyrics with intense emotion on this LP. Call it county soul. "You Never Were Mine" is a tear jerker. An excellent LP."
Recording sessions for the album began on January 9, 1968, at Bradley's Barn, Mount Juliet, TN. Two additional sessions followed on March 21 and March 22, 1968. "What Kind of a Girl (Do You Think I Am)" was recorded during the April 20, 1967 session for 1967's Singin' with Feelin'.