Jolene [Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Originally released in 1974, Jolene marked the end of Dolly Parton's seven-year association with Porter Wagoner. Though chafing at Porter's domineering style, leaving the man who became a model professional mentor was traumatic for Parton. Her catalog of original songs included a healthy number of laments over lost love, but the split with Wagoner inspired some of her most heart-wrenching lyrics to date (indeed, Wagoner himself contributed a dirge-like tear-jerker in the blues-tinged "Lonely Comin' Down"). One of those intensely personal songs has since become a monument: the beautiful "I Will Always Love You," a signature Parton song despite being a mega-hit for Whitney...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Originally released in 1974, Jolene marked the end of Dolly Parton's seven-year association with Porter Wagoner. Though chafing at Porter's domineering style, leaving the man who became a model professional mentor was traumatic for Parton. Her catalog of original songs included a healthy number of laments over lost love, but the split with Wagoner inspired some of her most heart-wrenching lyrics to date (indeed, Wagoner himself contributed a dirge-like tear-jerker in the blues-tinged "Lonely Comin' Down"). One of those intensely personal songs has since become a monument: the beautiful "I Will Always Love You," a signature Parton song despite being a mega-hit for Whitney Houston, whose bombastic version lacked the restraint and nuance that makes Parton's recording so stunning. "Jolene," of course, has become another Parton evergreen, a bouncy, chart-topping performance in which the singer begs a beautiful rival to stay away from her man. Vocally, Parton was raising her game here, with her delicate, controlled falsetto flights becoming a riveting emotional affectation that she rolled out at precisely the right junctures to make a listener swoon. Witness those feathery high notes at the beginning or end of a phrase in a honky-tonk tear-jerker such as "Living on Memories of You" and in the roller-coaster cadences of the lush country ballad "Another Woman's Man." One of four previously unreleased bonus tracks here, it's an answer song to "Jolene" in which Parton cries, "I would never take another woman's man." Parton's confident vocalizing and assured songwriting mark Jolene as a watershed moment in her career. Four more No. 1 singles followed "Jolene," and with those, Parton began her ascent into the upper tier of American mainstream entertainment.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Of the three 2007 Dolly Parton reissues from Sony, Jolene is the most absorbing musically and the most problematic lyrically. A sparkling production creates a rich backdrop for both "Jolene" and "When Someone Wants to Leave" (both Parton originals), mixing acoustic guitar, country instruments (steel guitar, dobro), and light percussion. This tasteful mix, nicely spread across the stereo spectrum with Parton front and center, is a joy to listen to. Lyrically, however, these songs are a long way from Loretta Lynn's "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man." Parton's female protagonists are downright pitiful, adrift in a world where a more attractive woman might take their man, where a woman cannot let go of a man who no longer loves her, and where a man is the "highlight" of her life ("Highlight of My Life.") Jolene, originally released in 1974, feels like a shot across the bow of the feminist movement, a reaffirmation that many women still liked the men to wear the pants (women, presumably, who listened to old-fashioned country music). This seems somewhat peculiar now, in that no one -- looking at her long, distinguished career and commanding stage presence -- would accuse Parton of being a weak-kneed songbird. Still, the music and Parton's vocal prowess are in top form on Jolene, and "I Will Always Love You" is one of her best performances (which is saying a lot). Like it or loath it, Jolene offers a fascinating snapshot of an era in transition, and captures Parton at the top of her game. [The 2007 reissue of the album adds four previously unreleased bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768124123
  • Catalog Number: 81241

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dolly Parton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Onie Wheeler Harmonica
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Buck Trent Banjo
Joe Babcock Vocals, Background Vocals
Stuart Basore Steel Guitar
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Chip Young Dobro
Jim Colvard Guitar
Bobby Dyson Bass
Dolores Edgin Vocals, Background Vocals
Ralph Gallant Drums
Dave Kirby Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Kenny Malone Drums
June Page Vocals, Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Bobby Thompson Banjo, Guitar
Jimmy Colvard Guitar, Electric Guitar
Larrie Londin Drums
Mack Magaha Fiddle
David Briggs Piano
Technical Credits
Dolly Parton Composer
Bob Ferguson Producer, Audio Production
Gregg Perry Arranger
Tom Pick Engineer
Blaise Tosti Composer
Porter Wagoner Composer
Chet Flippo Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Hope Powell Cover Photo
Herb Burnette Art Direction
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