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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Jolene (1974) was Dolly Parton’s declaration of independence, her first album after ending her partnership with Porter Wagoner. Any concerns that she could make it on her own were dispelled by this nearly-flawless work. Its title track became an instant classic, thanks to its plaintive lyric and Appalachian-accented melody. “I Will Always Love You” was even better, an exquisite country/pop aria with a heart-rending chorus. (Anyone only familiar with Whitney Houston’s bombastic rendition of this song should hear the understated anguish of the original.) While these two masterpieces are the peaks on Jolene, there are no low points here. “River Of Happiness” and “Early Morning Breeze” are honeysuckle-sweet tunes that manage to avoid being cloying. “When Somebody Wants To Leave” taps into Parton’s mountain roots, while “Living On Memories Of You” nurses a case of honky-tonk blues. Her restrained vibrato, silvery high notes and emerging acting ability make her performances entrancing. Dolly’s career ascended to the stratosphere after Jolene — but she arguably never made a better record.

Customer Reviews

You'll want this most for the bonus tracks

Go Cracker Jack! With this album you get two of the most memorable songs written by country great Dolly Parton, "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You." This is a great album (one of Dolly's best), but most Dolly fans already have it. What has me so excited are the bonus tracks (tracks 11-14) that BMG dug out of its vaults for this re-release. For the first time we get to hear the studio version of “Cracker Jack,” a cute song Dolly sang on "Captain Kangaroo" and on her show in the 1970s. Also included are three others that haven't been released before, “Last Night’s Lovin’,” “Another Woman’s Man” and “Barbara On Your Mind,” a 1974 version of a song Dolly re-recorded in 1982. And thanks iTunes for letting us Dolly fans who bought the classic Jolene CD years ago a chance to just download the bonus tracks we most want.


The song JOLENE is haunting and the best thing ever by Dolly!

One of a kind!!!

One of the Best Dolly!!!!


Born: January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

It's difficult to find a country performer who has moved from her country roots to international fame more successfully than Dolly Parton. Her autobiographical single "Coat of Many Colors" shows the poverty of growing up one of 12 children on a rundown farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12 years old, she was appearing on Knoxville television; at 13 she was recording on a small label and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. Her 1967 hit "Dumb Blonde" (which she's not) caught Porter Wagoner's ear, and...
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