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Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Anyone who doesn't recognize Dolly Parton as a poet should listen closely to this solid tribute to the writer, whose lovingly crafted memoirs and bold statements of self-sufficiency rank her among the greatest country songwriters in history. That said, it's to the credit of the artists here that they don't emulate Parton's recordings but find their own places in these stories. Alison Krauss and her friends in Union Station render "9 to 5" a bouncy bluegrass workout; Norah Jones, by contrast, turns the bluegrass of "The Grass Is Blue" into an elegant pop ballad, whispered tenderly and with conviction. Over a heartbeat rhythm track, Joan Osborne adds a bluesy touch to "Do ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Anyone who doesn't recognize Dolly Parton as a poet should listen closely to this solid tribute to the writer, whose lovingly crafted memoirs and bold statements of self-sufficiency rank her among the greatest country songwriters in history. That said, it's to the credit of the artists here that they don't emulate Parton's recordings but find their own places in these stories. Alison Krauss and her friends in Union Station render "9 to 5" a bouncy bluegrass workout; Norah Jones, by contrast, turns the bluegrass of "The Grass Is Blue" into an elegant pop ballad, whispered tenderly and with conviction. Over a heartbeat rhythm track, Joan Osborne adds a bluesy touch to "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" in a vocal performance made more powerful for the restraint in the singer's approach. "Little Sparrow," Parton's folk-styled screed aimed at "a cold, false-hearted lover," gets a righteous reading from Kasey Chambers, whose outrage is matched by the band's surging protestations, a lone banjo adding a rustic feel to the sound. Krauss and Shania Twain form a dynamic duo on a thumping rendition of "Coat of Many Colors" -- listeners will be reminded how real Shania can sound, given a strong lyric and solid acoustic support from the likes of Union Station. Producer R.S. Field envelops Allison Moorer in a dense, atmospheric soundscape and lets her sing a song of freedom, "Light of a Clear Blue Morning," with understated authority. Emmylou Harris, Shelby Lynne, and Melissa Etheridge make their own profound statements, while Dolly herself shows up on a bonus track, singing the merciless title song, which torpedoes a man who uses and discards women on a whim. "I'm a woman/see my heart," she sings. We do, and it's a beautiful thing.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While most of the world knows Dolly Parton as a glitzy bundle of multimedia entertainment who is a near-unavoidable presence on television, movies, and CD racks, displaying her big smile, big hair, and big -- well, you know -- what sadly few people acknowledge is that Parton, when she puts her mind to it, is one of the best singer/songwriters in country music. The fact that artists as diverse as Whitney Houston, Emmylou Harris, and the White Stripes have all discovered remarkable things in Parton's songs says a lot about the beauty, honesty, and grace of her best work, and Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton features 12 noted female artists offering their own interpretations of Parton's compositions. If there's anyone in Nashville whose work merits such treatment, it's Parton, and thankfully practically everyone on Just Because I'm a Woman delivers the goods; "9 to 5" may not be remembered as one of Parton's more stellar tunes, but Alison Krauss discovers a bittersweet working-class anthem lurking beneath its cheery surface, while Melissa Etheridge keeps her sub-Joplin vocal histrionics in check for a fine version of "I Will Always Love You," Me'Shell NdegéOcello transforms "Two Doors Down" into a potent and sensual slice of late-night funk, and Nash Vegas interloper Shania Twain surprisingly hits just the right emotional spot on "Coat of Many Colors." Elsewhere, Norah Jones, Kasey Chambers, Allison Moorer, Sinéad O'Connor, and Mindy Smith all offer powerful and idiosyncratic performances that add their own personalities to Parton's songs without losing sight of the plain-spoken eloquence that makes them so effective. About the only true disappointment here is Emmylou Harris' take on "To Daddy," which is brilliant but was recycled from her 1978 album, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town; one wonders why Harris didn't opt to cut a new track for this album, but the presence of Dolly herself, offering a new version of "Just Because I'm a Woman," certainly compensates. In the movie Norma Rae, there's a great scene where Norma's boyfriend treats her to a night out at the roadhouse, and she beams when a Dolly Parton single comes up on the jukebox, saying she loves her songs "because the words are so true." As glorious as Parton's crystal-clear soprano may be, it's the stories she's used her voice to tell that truly set her apart, and Just Because I'm a Woman offers a worthy tribute to the woman Joan Osborne describes as "a gifted artist cleverly disguised as a media superstar and sex bomb." A second volume is certainly in order.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891398020
  • Catalog Number: 3980
  • Sales rank: 85,599

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Leventhal Organ, Guitar, Percussion
Meshell Ndegeocello Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Rodney Crowell Acoustic Guitar
Emmylou Harris Acoustic Guitar
Kevin Breit Acoustic Guitar
R. McCormack Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar (Resonator)
Barry Bales Bass, Double Bass
Mark Browne Bass
Emory Gordy Bass
David Hungate Bass
Lee Alexander Bass
Jeff McCormack Bass
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Jerry Douglas Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Shelby Lynne Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals
Ron Block Guitar, national steel guitar
Steve Buckingham Guitar
James Harrah Guitar
Dan Tyminski Guitar, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Mike Compton Mandolin
Lex Price Mandolin
John Ware Percussion
RIck DePofi Percussion
Roy Bittan Piano
David Morgan Piano
Chris Mosher Piano
Gary "Bud" Smith Piano
Norah Jones Piano, Harmony Vocals
Hank DeVito Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris "Daddy" Dave Drums
Shannon Forrest Drums
Owen Hale Drums
Matt Laug Drums
Kerry Buchanan Drums
Andrew Borger Drums
Joe McMahan Electric Guitar
Mark Punch Electric Guitar
Kenny Vaughn Electric Guitar
Adam R. Levy Electric Guitar
David Cole Keyboards
Barry Beckett Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Randy McCormick Hammond Organ
Glen D. Hardin Electric Piano
Alison Krauss Viola, Harmony Vocals
Maxi Anderson Background Vocals
Carmella Ramsey Background Vocals
Cheryl White Background Vocals
Maxine Waters Background Vocals
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Allison Moorer Background Vocals
Melinda Smith Background Vocals
Brian Ahern 12-string Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Rhonda Vincent Harmony Vocals
Dolly Parton Harmony Vocals
Darrin Vincent Harmony Vocals
Glen Hannah Harmony Vocals
Sonny Landreth Slide Guitar
Viktor Krauss Double Bass
Larry Antonino Double Bass
Technical Credits
Steve Buckingham Executive Producer, Producer, Liner Notes
Meshell Ndegeocello Programming, Producer
Chris Mosher Programming
Alison Krauss Producer
Shelby Lynne Producer
Dolly Parton Producer
Melissa Etheridge Producer
Brian Ahern Producer, Engineer
David Cole Producer, Engineer, drum programming
R.S. Field Producer
John Leventhal Producer, Engineer
RIck DePofi Producer, Engineer
Nash Chambers Producer, Engineer
Norah Jones Producer
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Marshall Morgan Engineer
Jay Newland Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Bruce Robb Engineer
Bradley Hartman Engineer
Russ Long Engineer
Kevin Churko Engineer
Jeff McCormack Engineer
Emmylou Harris Liner Notes
Don Cobb Mastering
Eric Conn Mastering
Mindy Smith Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Women

    I enjoyed Melissa Ethridge voice, she could sing any type of music and sound beautiful. Love her voice!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Disappointing

    The only song on this album worth listening to is 'Coat of Many Colors'. Shania did a great job but the rest left a lot to be desired. Wish I has something better to say about this album, but I don't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Saved by Dolly herself

    A good tribute to a great songwriter and entertainment icon. What turns a good CD into a great one is the Bonus track where Dolly herself performs the title track in a way that will make you want your next purchase to be a real Dolly Parton CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS CD IS SO NEAT

    Well, first off, these titles on the cd are so great. They are also american classics like 9 to 5, that is my favorite song on the album. Workin 9 to 5! Sorry i get a little carried away, my point is this cd is great for all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Huge Disappointment!

    This is the worst tribute album I have ever heard..the songs were mix-matched with the singers who sang them. One would think with the wide stream talented musicians in the world, why would the most pitful singers be picked for a tribute to the great talent Dolly. The best track on the whole album is Emmylou Harris' "To Daddy", she is the only one who can really sing here..even though there are big names like Shaina Twain, who did sing from her heart, but sounds better singing her own music. There are no words to describe the other singers' covers..even Whitney Houston sings "I will always love you" better than Melissa Ethridge..and "Joelene" was just plain horrible..so sad for a pretty song! If anyone is looking to buy a tribute album to Dolly, wait until someone releases a better line-up of singers..while waiting for that release, buy one of Dolly's CD's where she is the lead singer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Dolly Parton is a real knee slapper

    Well, if you like rap music, you would love this cd. I personally think it expresses Dolly's creative mind and really makes you think, the first time I heard her first track 9 to 5, I fell in love, it made me immediately want to eat fried rice, that is Dolly's favorite food. Anyway, my point is this is not only a song for old people, it is also for the hip young gangsta rappers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dolly's At It Again!

    I can't believe it, this CD is so disturbing, it makes me want to puke. She always constantly resolves to violence. Good job Dolly Parton!!!!!!

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