20 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Documenting Dolly Parton with 20 tracks isn’t easy — she’s gone through enough artistic shifts and identity adjustments to fuel several recording careers. This anthology does a superior job at laying out the basics, drawing mostly from Parton’s eventful years with RCA. Her self-penned tunes from the ‘70s are a high point — “Joshua,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and “The Bargain Store” are classics of the country idiom, filled with detail and infused with heart. With “Jolene” and especially “I Will Always Love You,” she reaches out to the pop market without losing the East Tennessee sweetness so essential to her music. Parton’s later releases are more problematic — the songs from this era included here (especially “9 to 5” and “Here You Come Again”) are the best of a decidedly mixed batch. Her ‘80s work veers from glossy confections (the Kenny Rogers duet “Islands in the Stream”) to finely-wrought art pieces (“To Know Him is to Love Him,” sung with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris). Parton’s assertive-yet-tender vocals and expansive personality remain a constant, even when her sound changes from Appalachian homespun to L.A. sleek.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Documenting Dolly Parton with 20 tracks isn’t easy — she’s gone through enough artistic shifts and identity adjustments to fuel several recording careers. This anthology does a superior job at laying out the basics, drawing mostly from Parton’s eventful years with RCA. Her self-penned tunes from the ‘70s are a high point — “Joshua,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and “The Bargain Store” are classics of the country idiom, filled with detail and infused with heart. With “Jolene” and especially “I Will Always Love You,” she reaches out to the pop market without losing the East Tennessee sweetness so essential to her music. Parton’s later releases are more problematic — the songs from this era included here (especially “9 to 5” and “Here You Come Again”) are the best of a decidedly mixed batch. Her ‘80s work veers from glossy confections (the Kenny Rogers duet “Islands in the Stream”) to finely-wrought art pieces (“To Know Him is to Love Him,” sung with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris). Parton’s assertive-yet-tender vocals and expansive personality remain a constant, even when her sound changes from Appalachian homespun to L.A. sleek.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
83 Ratings
83 Ratings
Shanna_Freeman ,

Get the facts straight on Dolly.

Maddog has no idea what's he's on about...new? Dolly is anything but. She's been writing, singing and playing her music since she was a child. It's time to do your homework if you've never heard of Dolly Parton. She's had 42 top 10 country albums and has been a fixture on the country music scene for decades. Starred in movies. Recently won a Grammy. And the implication that she's Canadian (?) is hilarious.

On to the album...while no greatest hits album can cover everything, especially when it's for an artist whose career has spanned 40+ years, this one does an admirable job. Most of the hits are here. A good introduction to one of the true legends of country music. If you're not a fan of country, it may not do anything for you. But if you go in with an open mind and listen to the purity and sincerity of her lyrics...you might just be surprised.

Frogger888 ,

The best

Dolly Parton has a lot of "greatest hits" albums out. A LOT. Alright a ton of them. Out of all of her "greatest hits" cd's this one is by far the best. This covers the best part of her early career and is worth every penny. GET THIS!

BradAllredBilliards ,

Great Sound, Great Value, Greatest Hits!!!

I picked up the "Better Get To Livin" new song that just came out this year and decided to add more Dolly to the collection. This album has 20 songs! Here You Come Again, Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands In the Stream, Heartbreaker, I Will Always Love You, Coat of Many Colors. . . and 13 more for less than $10.00. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.

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