Heartsongs: Live from Home

Heartsongs: Live from Home

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by Dolly Parton
     
 

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By the early '90s, Dolly Parton's credibility as an authentic country singer was severely waning, thanks to an overabundance of pop crossover singles, flash-in-the-pan comedies, and an incredibly tacky variety show. Parton must have been aware of her crumbling country legacy in 1994, when she rushed out the live album Heartsongs: Live From Home, a smorgasbord…  See more details below

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By the early '90s, Dolly Parton's credibility as an authentic country singer was severely waning, thanks to an overabundance of pop crossover singles, flash-in-the-pan comedies, and an incredibly tacky variety show. Parton must have been aware of her crumbling country legacy in 1994, when she rushed out the live album Heartsongs: Live From Home, a smorgasbord of her country hits, the stories behind them, some new songs, and a rather large amount of classic old-timey standards. For the first time in over a decade, Parton managed to keep the production relatively sparse, and while there are no true classic tracks here, there are a surprisingly large amount of great moments. For example, the performance of "Applejack" is incredibly lively, and her newer rendition of "Smokey Mountain Memories" may be the best version of the song available. However, the cover songs are what Dolly truly excels at on Heartsongs. "Night Train to Memphis" is sharp and energetic, while "Wayfaring Stranger" showcases Parton at her earthy gospel best. This is not to say the album doesn't have its weaknesses; it does. The title track, for instance, is rather bloodless; "Brave Little Soldier" is far too self-righteous to be anything but schlocky, and "Coat of Many Colors" loses much of the original's sincerity amidst its melodramatic performance. All this notwithstanding, it's quite a treat to hear Parton return to her roots here. While certainly not a definitive album, Heartsongs was easily Dolly's most comfortable and honest recording in a very long time, paving the way for her great country records of the late '90s and early '00s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/1994
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646612323
catalogNumber:
66123

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dolly Parton   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rhonda Vincent   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Maighread Ní Dhomnaill   Fiddle,Vocals
David Lindley   Dulcimer,Banjo,Autoharp,Steel Guitar,Hawaiian Guitar,Claw Hammer Banjo
Frankie Kennedy   Flute
Daíthí Sproule   Guitar
Ron Block   Banjo
Steve Buckingham   Guitar
Suzanne Cox   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ciarán Curran   Bouzouki
Richard Dennison   Background Vocals
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass,Upright Bass
Carl Jackson   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Viktor Krauss   Bass,Upright Bass
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle
Rob McCoury   Banjo
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh   Fiddle,Vocals
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Jennifer O'Brien   Background Vocals
Jerry O'Sullivan   Pipe,uillean pipes
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Randy Scruggs   Guitar
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Harry Stinson   Drums
Ciarán Tourish   Fiddle
Bruce Watkins   Guitar
Roy Huskey   Upright Bass
Darrin Vincent   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jennifer O'Brien Enoch   Background Vocals
Victor Battista   Upright Bass
Dermot Byrne   Accordion
Dermot Byrne Blues Combo   Accordion
Suzanne Coz   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Roy Acuff   Composer
Dolly Parton   Arranger,Producer
Michael Davis   Prompter
Steve Buckingham   Producer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Don Cobb   Prompter
Marshall Morgan   Engineer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Denny Purcell   Mastering
Toby Seay   Engineer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Richard Baker   Sound Crew
Rollow Welch   Art Direction
Mark Kiracofe   Guitar Techician
Traditional   Composer
Timmy Collins   Sound Crew
David Sutherland   Monitor Engineer
Phil Sommers   Technical Staff
Paul Denise   Engineer
James D. Vaughan   Composer

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Heartsongs: Live from Home 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just having a &amp quot Live&amp quot recording is worth the price. Add Alison Kraus as harmony vocals on almost all the songs and you have an even better CD. But it is totally worth the price just to hear Dolly sing &amp quot PMS BLUES&amp quot . Yes, it is what you think, in a comedic song that is like nothing that she has ever recorded. We almost expect Dolly to do tear jerkers, but a comedy song is quite a surprise. The audience response when they suddenly realize what the song is about is priceless.