Essential Dolly Parton CD (2005)

Artist: Dolly Parton

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Solid retrospective repeats many that came before

by redtunictroll@hotmail.com on 9/14/2005

A career as long and rich as Parton's can't possibly be fully surveyed in only thirty-seven tracks on two discs. But this latest Essential volume does an admirable job of pulling together many of the singer-songwriter's catalog highpoints, mixing her best-loved solo hits with duets from Porter Wagoner, Kenny Rogers and Ricky Van Shelton, her trio work with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, and finishing with a track ("Shine") from her trio of recent bluegrass-influenced albums. The track list here covers much of the same ground as the two volume mid-90s "Essential" set, though notably adding Parton's first charting single, "Dumb Blond," and stretching into Parton's twenty-first century's return to her mountain roots The merger of RCA/BMG and Sony/Columbia opened the doors for the breadth of material pulled together here, but it's simply not enough to fully essay Parton's artistry; the list of missing essentials is as long as the list included here. Further, the space available on each disc suggests a desire to keep the mechanical royalties in line with a list price that's affordable to an audience beyond Parton die-hards. This set is well positioned to replace the previous two volume series as a value-priced overview/entry-point to Parton's extraordinary catalog. That it repeats much of the same core catalog as earlier compilations is something of an empty complaint, given that it's not intended to probe any deeper. Still, with most of Parton's RCA album catalog out of print, this view of the better-known highlights does re-beg the question of when individual album reissues or a comprehensive box set will be produced for Parton's hardcore fans. [©2005 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]

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Label Rlg/legacy/sbme
SKU 63989179
UPC 828766924022
UPC 14 00828766924022
Format CD
Release Date 6/28/2005
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Author Dolly Parton
Associated Artist/Work Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton
Associated Artist/Work Lynn, Loretta
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Willie
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work Rogers, Kenny
Associated Artist/Work Wagoner, Porter
Artist Influence Bill Monroe
Artist Influence Dock Boggs
Artist Influence Hank Williams
Artist Influence Janis Martin (50s)
Artist Influence June Carter Cash
Artist Influence Kitty Wells
Artist Influence Loretta Lynn
Artist Influence Molly O'Day
Artist Influence Patsy Cline
Artist Influence Porter Wagoner
Artist Influence Roy Acuff
Artist Influence Roy Rogers (Country)
Artist Influence Tammy Wynette
Artist Influence The Carter Family
Artist Influence The Maddox Brothers & Rose
Artist Influence Tom Paxton
Artist Influence Wanda Jackson
Artist Influence Willie Nelson
Artist Influence Woody Guthrie
Artist Contemporary Anne Murray
Artist Contemporary Barbara Mandrell
Artist Contemporary Bobbie Gentry
Artist Contemporary Connie Smith
Artist Contemporary Crystal Gayle
Artist Contemporary Donna Fargo
Artist Contemporary Emmylou Harris
Artist Contemporary Glen Campbell
Artist Contemporary Hoyt Axton
Artist Contemporary Jeanne Pruett
Artist Contemporary Jeannie C. Riley
Artist Contemporary Juice Newton
Artist Contemporary K.T. Oslin
Artist Contemporary Kenny Rogers
Artist Contemporary Leona Williams
Artist Contemporary Linda Ronstadt
Artist Contemporary Loretta Lynn
Artist Contemporary Lorrie Morgan
Artist Contemporary Lynn Anderson
Artist Contemporary Melba Montgomery
Artist Contemporary Merle Haggard
Artist Contemporary Norma Jean (Country)
Artist Contemporary Pam Tillis
Artist Contemporary Patty Loveless
Artist Contemporary Reba McEntire
Artist Contemporary Ronnie Milsap
Artist Contemporary Rosanne Cash
Artist Contemporary Sammi Smith
Artist Contemporary Skeeter Davis
Artist Contemporary Tammy Wynette
Artist Contemporary Tanya Tucker
Artist Contemporary The Judds
Artist Follower Alison Krauss
Artist Follower Allison Moorer
Artist Follower Emmylou Harris
Artist Follower Gretchen Wilson
Artist Follower K.T. Oslin
Artist Follower Kathy Mattea
Artist Follower Laura Bell Bundy
Artist Follower LeAnn Rimes
Artist Follower Lorrie Morgan
Artist Follower Mary Chapin Carpenter
Artist Follower Mickey Guyton
Artist Follower Norah Jones
Artist Follower Reba McEntire
Artist Follower Rosanne Cash
Artist Follower Sarah Harmer
Artist Follower Shania Twain
Artist Follower Shelby Lynne
Artist Follower Whitney Houston
Technical Info
CatalogID 82876692402
Lable Name RCA
Released 06/28/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 121m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828766924022
Musical Guests
Ricky Van Shelton
Linda Ronstadt
Emmylou Harris
Kenny Rogers
Porter Wagoner
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Dolly Parton (vocals, guitar); Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Porter Wagoner (vocals).
Producers include: Dolly Parton, Bob Ferguson, Gary Klein, Ricky Skaggs, Gregg Perry.
Compilation producer: Al Quaglieri.
Recorded between 1970 & 1988. Includes liner notes by Holly George-Warren. Includes liner notes by Holly George-Warren.
Personnel: Dolly Parton (vocals); Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Porter Wagoner, Ricky Van Shelton, Linda Ronstadt (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Holly George-Warren.
Recording information: 1966-2000.
Photographers: Kristin Barlowe; Raeanne Rubenstein; Les Leverett; David Hill .
Arrangers: Porter Wagoner; Dolly Parton; Gregg Perry; Bill McElhiney; Nick DeCaro; Steve Goldstein.
One of the most successful and versatile artists in country music, Dolly Parton is a true icon of the genre. With a recording career spanning more than four decades, Parton epitomized country, while always venturing into other territories, including pop and bluegrass. Columbia/Legacy's THE ESSENTIAL DOLLY PARTON (not to be confused with other similarly titled compilations) begins with the striking performer flaunting her charmingly assertive nature with 1966's rollicking "Dumb Blonde," and proceeds in chronological fashion through Parton's slew of '70s hits, including the gentle, folk-like "Coat of Many Colors" and the gorgeous 1974 version of "I Will Always Love You." (The latter two songs, like many on this collection, were written by Parton herself.)
Parton's hits from the late '70s, '80s, and beyond continue on the second disc. Runaway '80s hits "9 to 5" (from the titular film starring Parton) and "Islands in the Stream" (her Bees Gees-penned duet with Kenny Rogers) represent her commercial peak, but the remaining latter-day songs reveal that Parton's talents--particularly her distinctive high, clear voice--were still going strong into the 2000s (most notably on her bluegrass rendition of Collective Soul's rock hit, "Shine"). For those looking for the best overview of Parton's career, this 37-track set is it.
Artist Overview
Best known as one of the most beloved singers in country music, Dolly Parton is also a successful screen actress. Her greatest talent, songwriting, may also be her least heralded: Parton has penned numerous classics, among them "Coat of Many Colors," "Kentucky Gambler," "9 to 5," and "I Will Always Love You." Her first hits came in the 1960s via her duets with Porter Wagoner, but on her own she skyrocketed to fame with an angelic voice, potent songs, and a style that distinctively mixed folk, country, pop, and bluegrass.
Professional Reviews
Q (10/03, p.128) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[The album] showcases a musical talent that puts Dolly Parton in a league of her own..."
Disc 1
1 Dumb Blonde
2 Just Because I'm A Woman
3 My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy,Heartbreaker
4 Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8),I Really Got The Feeling
5 Joshua,You're The Only One
6 Coat Of Many Colors,Starting Over Again
7 Touch Your Woman,Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You
8 My Tennessee Mountain Home,9 To 5
9 Jolene,But You Know I Love You
10 Please Don't Stop Loving Me,Single Women
11 Heartbreak Express
12 Islands in the Stream
13 Save the Last Dance for Me
14 Tennessee Homesick Blues
15 God Won't Get You
16 To Know Him Is to Love Him
17 Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That
18 Rockin' Years
19 Shine
Disc 2
1 Dumb Blonde
2 Just Because I'm A Woman
3 My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy,Heartbreaker
4 Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8),I Really Got The Feeling
5 Joshua,You're The Only One
6 Coat Of Many Colors,Starting Over Again
7 Touch Your Woman,Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You
8 My Tennessee Mountain Home,9 To 5
9 Jolene,But You Know I Love You
10 Please Don't Stop Loving Me,Single Women
11 Heartbreak Express
12 Islands in the Stream
13 Save the Last Dance for Me
14 Tennessee Homesick Blues
15 God Won't Get You
16 To Know Him Is to Love Him
17 Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That
18 Rockin' Years
19 Shine
Product Attributes
Artist Parton,Dolly
Music Format Compact Disc

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