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Just Because I'm a Woman [Bonus Tracks]
     

Just Because I'm a Woman [Bonus Tracks]

by Dolly Parton
 

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Just Because I'm a Woman was Dolly Parton's first album for RCA Victor after a few modest hits for Monument and (more importantly) becoming a regular on Porter Wagoner's television show and his frequent duet partner both on-stage and in the studio. One might have figured that, between Chet Atkins' trademark "countrypolitan" production style and Wagoner's influence,

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Just Because I'm a Woman was Dolly Parton's first album for RCA Victor after a few modest hits for Monument and (more importantly) becoming a regular on Porter Wagoner's television show and his frequent duet partner both on-stage and in the studio. One might have figured that, between Chet Atkins' trademark "countrypolitan" production style and Wagoner's influence, Parton's musical personality would be lost in the shuffle, but thankfully quite the opposite was true -- Just Because I'm a Woman turned out to be one of Parton's best early albums, and a superb showcase for her gifts as both a singer and songwriter. Bob Ferguson, Atkins' second-in-command at RCA, took a subdued and natural approach to the production, with a refined but organic honky tonk sound dominating many of the arrangements, though he knew when to take a more ambitious approach on the dark tale of adultery and abandonment "The Bridge." And while Dolly only gets songwriting credit on four of the album's 12 songs, they're four of the real standouts, including "You're Gonna Be Sorry," "The Bridge," and the title tune, with the rest of the selections fitting Parton's trademark blend of fragility and strength just right, and her versatile soprano voice displaying the confidence, power, and emotional range that would make her a country superstar within a few years. While Parton was not always well served by the Nashville music factories (ironically enough, this became an even bigger problem for her after she crossed over to mainstream stardom), Just Because I'm a Woman was one of those rare examples of the bigwigs getting it right the first time out, and the album still sounds like a winner more than 35 years after its initial release. [BMG Heritage's 2003 CD reissue tacks on two fine bonus tracks, outtakes from the April 1970 concert that was taped for the live album A Real Live Dolly, including a lovely solo acoustic performance of "Coat of Many Colors."]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0828765612326
catalogNumber:
56123
Rank:
67202

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dolly Parton   Primary Artist
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Anita Carter   Background Vocals
Charles Trénet   Banjo,Electric Banjo
Joe Babcock   Background Vocals
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Chip Young   Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Dolores Edgin   Background Vocals
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Wayne Moss   Electric Guitar
June Page   Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Dale Sellers   Electric Guitar
Mack Magaha   Fiddle
George W. McCormick   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
James Buchanan   Fiddle
David Briggs   Piano
Troy Jack Drake   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Shirl Milete   Composer
Pachucki   Engineer
Robert Tubert   Composer
Porter Wagoner   Liner Notes
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
George W. McCormick   Composer
Bill Owens   Composer
Neal Merritt   Composer
Demetriss Tubert   Composer

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