Halos & Horns

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Dolly Parton completes the bluegrass trilogy she began with 1999's stunning The Grass Is Blue in spectacular fashion with her self-produced Halos & Horns. As she did on 2001's Little Sparrow, Parton continues to work with bluegrass hues here but broadens the palette to incorporate folk and traditional country elements. The big buzz is all about her interpretation of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," which evolves from a stately, measured folk song with mystical strains to a boisterous, ad-libbed coda featuring an emotive gospel choir. But the salient points about Halos & Horns are first, that 12 of its 14 songs are powerful Parton originals -- as if anyone ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Dolly Parton completes the bluegrass trilogy she began with 1999's stunning The Grass Is Blue in spectacular fashion with her self-produced Halos & Horns. As she did on 2001's Little Sparrow, Parton continues to work with bluegrass hues here but broadens the palette to incorporate folk and traditional country elements. The big buzz is all about her interpretation of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," which evolves from a stately, measured folk song with mystical strains to a boisterous, ad-libbed coda featuring an emotive gospel choir. But the salient points about Halos & Horns are first, that 12 of its 14 songs are powerful Parton originals -- as if anyone needed reminding that she ranks with country's greatest songwriters -- and second, that her vocal performances are as extraordinary as any this veteran artist has laid down in her estimable career. And that's saying something. Her songs mine familiar turf, offering fond reminiscences of childhood "Sugar Hill" and her mountain upbringing "These Old Bones"; shattering accounts of heartbreak "Not for Me," with a vocal treatment for the ages, and "Dagger Through the Heart"; and spiritually oriented themes "Hello God," a big, booming production with orchestra and gospel choir, and "Raven Dove," which reflects on the promise of peace on earth with Jesus' return. Parton also dusts off a gem from her great 1976 album All I Can Do -- "Shattered Image" is a pointed retort to those who judge others by their appearance this time it's personal! -- and even finds the poetry in "If," Bread's 1971 soft-rock hit. In coming full circle to the music she was raised on, Dolly Parton sounds as tuneful and true as ever.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
More angelic than devilish, Halos & Horns, the third in a series of back-to-the-roots styled acoustic albums the legendary country singer recorded for Sugar Hill label, again boasts superior musicianship and a loose but not necessarily low-key style. A mix of new songs, rerecorded obscurities Parton felt deserved another chance "What a Heartache" got lost on the soundtrack to Rhinestone, "Shattered Image" is a little-known gem from 1976's All I Can Do album, and an unrecorded oldie "John Daniel" goes back nearly 35 years, and high-profile covers of Bread's "If" and Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" find the singer/songwriter is in excellent voice and exuberant spirits. Some of the new compositions, such as the ballad "If Only" written for a movie about Mae West Parton was making when recording this album, but deemed too sad for the soundtrack and the stirring "Raven Dove," with a full gospel backing, are nearly the equal of the singer's best work. The jaunty tempo but sorrowful lyrics of "Dagger Through the Heart" is classic bluegrass complete with banjo and fiddle and an example of Parton at her finest. Not everything works; "These Old Bones," a winding story-song marred by Parton taking the voice of an old woman on the chorus, is sappy if well intentioned, and her version of "If" remains a bit smarmy, even torn down to its acoustic roots. But her take on an album-closing "Stairway to Heaven" given the thumbs up from no lesser experts than Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, who had to approve Parton's slightly altered lyrics smartly and successfully refashions the song's dense themes into a contemporary gospel ode which retains the mystery of the original even as it is rearranged for this project's folk/bluegrass direction. Stirring, unpretentious yet powerful, Halos & Horns effectively continues Parton's glorifying of her mountain roots. She subsequently launched her first tour in a decade after this disc's 2002 release.
Entertainment Weekly - Holly George-Warren
She pulls it off, magnificently, thanks to her spectacular trill of a soprano and earnest approach. (A-)
New York Magazine - Ethan Brown
Parton's risks here bring great, unexpected pleasures.

She pulls it off, magnificently, thanks to her spectacular trill of a soprano and earnest approach. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891394626
  • Catalog Number: 3946

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Halos and Horns
  2. 2 Sugar Hill
  3. 3 Not for Me
  4. 4 Hello God
  5. 5 If
  6. 6 Shattered Image
  7. 7 These Old Bones
  8. 8 What a Heartache
  9. 9 I'm Gone
  10. 10 Raven Dove
  11. 11 Dagger Through the Heart
  12. 12 If Only
  13. 13 John Daniel
  14. 14 Stairway to Heaven
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dolly Parton Primary Artist, Voices, Vocal Harmony
April Stevens Vocal Harmony
Bob Carlin Claw Hammer Banjo
Robert Hale Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Terry Eldredge Bass, Background Vocals, Bass Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Richard Dennison Piano, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Vicki Hampton Vocal Harmony
Jimmy Mattingly Fiddle, Mandolin, Viola
Jennifer O'Brien Vocal Harmony
David Sutton Harmonica, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Brent Truitt Mandolin
Steve Turner Trombone, Drums, Tambourine, Washboard, Snare Drums
Kent Wells Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Gary D. Davis Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Beth Stevens Vocal Harmony
Randy Kohrs Dobro, Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Arthur Rice Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Steve French Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Eric Bennett Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Gary "Biscuit" Davis Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Darrell Webb Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Dolly Parton Composer, Producer
Richard Dennison Vocal Supervision
Steve Turner Contributor
Danny Joe Brown Band Engineer
Virginia Team Art Direction, Label Design
Danny Brown Engineer
Seva Mastering
Scottie Hoaglan Engineer
Keith Rogers Engineer
Phil VanPeborgh Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Bluegrass Trilogy Ends

    The third of Dolly Parton's bluegrass albums is a bit erratic. It runs 57 minutes and probably could have been shortened a bit. I would have omitted These Old Bones, a song about second sight that goes on a bit too long. Parton wrote almost all the songs and using a few more covers might have improved the album flow. Stairway To Heaven is a daring reinvention of an overplayed classic rock chestnut. It raises my rating to 3 1/2 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Throughly enjoyed this album

    I have a few of Dolly Parton's albums. This one even my kids enjoy. I would highly recommend buying this.You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DOLLY IS AMAZING

    I've been a fan of the most beautiful,intelligent,spectacular country singer in the universe-Dolly Parton,since I was five years old.I am her biggest fan.This is the best CD she's done in her four decades of country music.Raven Dove is the most powerful song I have ever heard and These Old Bones is absolutely fantastic. Hello God,made me cry when I first listened to it. I have never seen someone so talented-she's never given up,even when she was being critised to death by journalists.I can't describe in words how brilliant she is!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DOLLY @ HER BEST WITH GREAT VOCALS = ROBERT HALE

    WHEN I FIRST LISTENED TO THIS CD I WAS AMAZED. DOLLY ONLY GETS BETTER. THE BACK UP SINGING OF ROBERT HALE ADDS SO MUCH TO THIS CD. HE HAS A WONDERFUL VOICE. THE BOTH OF THEM TOGETHER SOUND GREAT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!

    I've never been a real big Dolly fan, but now I am! "Hello God" is the greatest song ever!!!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Doggonit it all anyway

    This is not part three to the previous "The Grass is Blue," and "Little Sparrow." Just letting you all know this in advance. The media has promoted this is as a follow-up to those classic recordings of old-timey and bluegrass sounds. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HAILING HALO'S AND HORNS

    Angelic and devilish.....Wow, Ms. Parton shows herself on this latest CD!!! What a pleasant surprise to hear a ''country'' legend showcase her talent...Something for Everybody I'd call it.........Shades of all her recordings prevail here, from her early beginnings to pop, duets, and just that pure angelic voice without back-up!! What a talent this gal is: songwriting? listen to ''These Old Bones'' or ''Hello God''..At 56, this entertainer, I think, has just begun...Ms. Dolly Rules!!!!! This CD is a must for all music lovers!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DOLLY AT HER BEST.

    I have been a long-time fan of Parton, and with this new collection of blue-grass style folk songs, Dolly steps above and beyond the call of duty. Living up to (and more) to her famous celebrity image, and at the same time delivering a stunning set of vocals and harmonies is not a feat many artists can accomplish these days. On *Halos and Horns*, Dolly soars from ''I'm Gone'', one of my personal favorites, into ''If'', a classic soft-rock remake which in my opinion rivals the original. In a year where many superstars faded or their talent went flat, Parton's star has just begun shining again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST DOLLY PARTON CD IN YEARS!

    You won't be disappointed with this CD if you enjoy Dolly Parton's magnificent talents as a songwriter and singer. ''These Old Bones'' left me with goose bumps. Amazing!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dolly Better Than Ever

    I must say this album blew me away. I listened to the first track ''Halos and Horns'' and had to play it again. I did that on every song, and thought I'm never going to get to the end of this album cause it's all so good. I think I played ''Hello God'' three times. When I finally finished the cd I was amazed at it's depth. It made me laugh on ''These Old Bones'' and ''I'm Gone''. I nearly cried on ''Hello God'' and ''Not for Me''. I got chills on ''Raven Dove'' and ''Stairway to Heaven,'' which is a standout as ''Shine'' was on the awesome Little Sparrow released last year. If this project doesn't award her another grammy I will be shocked. Halos and Horns incorporates the splendor of Hungry Again, Heartsongs, The Grass is Blue and Little Sparrow all into one disc. Dolly's vocals are breathtaking as she soars over the bluegrass, gospel and traditional country numbers with ease. ''Dagger Through the Heart'' is Dolly at her vocal best. This disc far surpasses Oh Brother Where Art Thou and also tops her last two masterpieces. I've listed to this cd so much in the last six days, and I love it even more now. This is the best country or bluegrass cd in a long time. I rank it as her best work and that is saying a lot as I have loved her since the early 80's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Halos and Horns is a Winner!!

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this cd throughout! I think my favorite is These Old Bones. I personally think this is one of her most clever songs ever. This one belongs up there with her classic story-telling songs Coat of Many Colors, Me and Little Andy and Applejack.

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