Just Because I'm A Woman-Songs Of Dolly Parton CD (2003)

Artist: Various Artists

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Marking the 35th anniversary of Dolly Parton’s first RCA solo album – JUST BECAUSE I’M A WOMAN – this various artist collection of the same name spotlights the songwriting talent of one of the most gifted performers in American music history. Dolly has penned over 3000+ songs and fresh, new covers of many of her all-time classics are included here: “Coat of Many Colors,” “9 to 5,” “Jolene” and “Two Doors Down”; interpretations of some of her best recent material are also present, including “The Grass Is Blue,” “Little Sparrow” and “Dagger Through The Heart.”

Featuring an all-woman cast, JUST BECAUSE I’M A WOMAN has songs by a veritable who’s who of contemporary female recording superstars like Shania Twain, Alison Krauss, Melissa Etheridge, Sinéad O’Connor and Shelby Lynne. Newcomer Mindy Smith also dazzles with her brilliant reading of “Jolene,” which will be the first single.


Label Sugarhill Records
SKU 60614960
UPC 015891398020
UPC 14 00015891398020
Format CD
Release Date 10/14/2003
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Engineer David Cole; Donivan Cowart; Sasha Victory; Gary Paczosa; Graham Bolger; Jay Newland; Jeff McCormack; John Leventhal; Marshall Morgan; Nash Chambers; Neal Cappellino; Rick DePofi; Russ Long; Kevin Churko; Bradley Hartman; Brian Ahern; Bruce Robb
Producer David Cole; Dolly Parton; Melinda Smith; John Leventhal; Alison Krauss; Me'Shell NdegeOcello; Melissa Etheridge; Nash Chambers; Norah Jones; R.S. Field; Rick DePofi; Shelby Lynne; Steve Buckingham; Brian Ahern
CatalogID 3980
Lable Name Sugar Hill
Released 10/14/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 43s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00015891398020
Album Notes and Credits
Includes liner notes by Emmylou Harris.
Personnel: Meshell Ndegeocello (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, programming); Jerry Douglas (guitar, resonator guitar); Ron Block (guitar, National guitar); Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin); John Leventhal (guitar, organ, percussion); Shelby Lynne (guitar, percussion, background vocals); James Harrah, Steve Buckingham, Bryan Sutton (guitar); Emmylou Harris, Kevin Breit, Rodney Crowell (acoustic guitar); Adam Levy , Kenny Vaughn, Mark Punch, Joe McMahan (electric guitar); Brian Ahern (12-string guitar, gut-string guitar); Sonny Landreth (slide guitar); R. McCormack (resonator guitar, banjo, mandolin); Mike Compton, Lex Price (mandolin); Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Alison Krauss (viola); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Chris Mosher (piano, programming); Norah Jones, Roy Bittan, David Morgan , Gary "Bud" Smith (piano); Glen D. Hardin (electric piano); Barry Beckett (Wurlitzer organ); David Cole (keyboards, drum programming); Larry Antonino, Viktor Krauss, Barry Bales (upright bass); Kerry Buchanan, Chris "Daddy" Dave, Matt Laug, Owen Hale, Andrew Borger, Shannon Forrest (drums); Rick DePofi, John Ware (percussion); Cheryl White, Carmella Ramsey, Melinda Smith, Julia Waters, Allison Moorer, Maxi Anderson, Maxine Willard Waters (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Cole; Gary Paczosa; Jay Newland; Jeff McCormack; John Leventhal; Nash Chambers; Neal Cappellino; Rick DePofi; Russ Long; Steve Buckingham; Brian Ahern; Bruce Robb.
Liner Note Authors: Emmylou Harris; Steve Buckingham.
Recording information: 17 Grand, Nashville, TN; Bow Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland; Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA; Enactron Truck, Beverly Hills, CA; Minutia Sound, Nashville, TN; New York Noise, New York, NY; OMNI Sound, Nashville, TN; Royaltone Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Shelter Island Sound, New York, NY; Sorcerer SOund, New York, NY; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN; Sully Sound, La-Tour-De-Peilz, Switzerland; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA; The Beach House, Copacabana, NSW, Australia; The Doghouse, Nashville, TN.
Despite her numerous accomplishments as a performer, actor, and all-around media mogul, Dolly Parton has often said that she views herself primarily as a songwriter. JUST BECAUSE I'M A WOMAN goes a long way towards highlighting the craft of Parton's extraordinary songs. Unlike some cash-in tribute albums, this disc showcases artists who clearly love and respect the music in question, making for a record that bears no trace of crass commercialism.
Most tracks on the album strip the songs down to their bare essence, framing the tunes in a newgrass-like acoustic setting typical of many Sugar Hill Records releases. Notable exceptions are the two final, and most interesting, tracks. While Allison Moorer's take on "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" boasts a spooky, ethereal production that perfectly suits her husky voice, Me'Shell NdegeOcello completely deconstructs "Two Doors Down," turning a fairly straightforward 1980s pop song into a mysterious, funky, and brooding lament. Perhaps the album's best moment, though, is Joan Osborne's stunningly pure, straightforward version of "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind," which at once showcases the unaffected beauty of the singer's voice, and makes crystal clear why Dolly Parton truly deserves a tribute album.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (11/7/03, p.70) - "...Sterling results....[the tribute] runs the Shania-to-Sinead gamut..." - Rating: A-
Uncut (1/04, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he post-Porter Parton finally gets a golden handshake from her peers. And some line-up it is."
Mojo (Publisher) (1/04, p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 - "In storytelling and melody, the elegance, economy and heartfelt clarity of Parton's writing deserves comparison with not only Hank Williams or Johnny Cash but George Gershwin or Irving Berlin."
Disc 1
1 9 To 5 - Alison Krauss
2 I Will Always Love You - Melissa Etheridge
3 Grass Is Blue, The - Norah Jones
4 Do I Ever Cross Your Mind - Joan Osborne
5 Seeker, The - Shelby Lynne
6 Jolene - Mindy Smith
7 To Daddy - Emmylou Harris
8 Coat Of Many Colors - Shania Twain/Alison Krauss And Union Station
9 Little Sparrow - Kasey Chambers
10 Dagger Through The Heart - Sinead O'Connor
11 Light Of A Clear Blue Morning - Allison Moorer
12 Two Doors Down - Me'Shell NdegeOcello
13 Just Because I'm A Woman - Dolly Parton (bonus track)
Emmylou Harris, from the liner notes to JUST BECAUSE I’M A WOMAN I believe in the poet in Dolly – the songs that pour out from her soul and into our grateful waiting hearts that have both anchored and lifted her over the years. This is perhaps her most enduring legacy as an artist and the one we celebrate here with this album.

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