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Learn more about Just Because I'm A Woman-Songs Of Dolly Parton:

Format: CD
Sku: 60614960
UPC: 015891398020
UPC 14: 00015891398020
Release Date: 10/14/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. 9 To 5 - Alison Krauss ~ Various Artists
2. I Will Always Love You - Melissa Etheridge ~ Various Artists
3. Grass Is Blue, The - Norah Jones ~ Various Artists
4. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind - Joan Osborne ~ Various Artists
5. Seeker, The - Shelby Lynne ~ Various Artists
6. Jolene - Mindy Smith ~ Various Artists
7. To Daddy - Emmylou Harris ~ Various Artists
8. Coat Of Many Colors - Shania Twain/Alison Krauss And Union Station ~ Various Artists
9. Little Sparrow - Kasey Chambers ~ Various Artists
10. Dagger Through The Heart - Sinead O'Connor ~ Various Artists
11. Light Of A Clear Blue Morning - Allison Moorer ~ Various Artists
12. Two Doors Down - Me'Shell NdegeOcello ~ Various Artists
13. Just Because I'm A Woman - Dolly Parton (bonus track) ~ Various Artists
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.

"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.  Emmylou Harris, from the liner notes to JUST BECAUSE I’M A WOMAN

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Emmylou Harris.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Emmylou Harris; Steve Buckingham.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

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

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

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/14/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 3980
Music Label Name Label : Sugar Hill
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00015891398020

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."

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