In his Allmusic review, critic Richie Unterberger heavily criticized the attempt at having Ives "go electric" as other folk musicians were at the time, calling the album the "most ludicrous" attempt. He wrote Ives' "voice was shaky, the arrangements bland MOR, and the whole enterprise a mesh of ill-fitting pieces. Nowhere is that more evident than in the title track, which devolves into a grandly intended spoken intonation of the lyrics that succeeds only in getting Ives to make a fool of himself."
In contrast, Billboard's reception at the time (not years later) was quite favorable: "His first Columbia single 'I'll Be Your Baby Tonight' leads off this parade of Ives renditions, as he's in fine voice on that and other recent pop hits. 'Little Green Apples,' 'Homeward Bound' and 'If I Were a Carpenter' are perfect for Ives style and feel."