Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration

Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration

by Dolly Parton
     
 

Dolly Parton's Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration on Sony/Legacy is welcome for two reasons. First, it contains a completely remastered version of her stellar 1971 album The Golden Streets of Glory, one of the finest collections of spiritual material to come out of the "Nashville sound" period. Recorded in 1970, it was produced by BobSee more details below

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Dolly Parton's Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration on Sony/Legacy is welcome for two reasons. First, it contains a completely remastered version of her stellar 1971 album The Golden Streets of Glory, one of the finest collections of spiritual material to come out of the "Nashville sound" period. Recorded in 1970, it was produced by Bob Ferguson, one of the era's founding fathers. The ten songs from this album contain three fine Parton originals: a genuine honky tonking gospel song "Master's Hand," the two-step country gospel title track, and "Lord Hold My Hand." The rest contains reverent nuggets like "I Believe" and "How Great Thou Art." Other pluses include the strident "Book of Life," written by Parton's grandfather, the Reverend Jake Robert Owens, and the now classic "On the Wings of a Dove," written by Ferguson. The players on these sessions are now legends: steel guitarist Pete Drake, guitarist Chip Young, bassist Bobby Dyson, pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins, fiddler Johnny Gimble, and a fantastic backing chorus. The second reason Letter to Heaven is welcome relates to the remaining five tracks, which were also released in the early '70s: compiler Rob Santos did right to keep the proceedings in the context of the era, despite Parton's many gospel songs written and performed since that time. These five songs were either written or co-written by her. Ferguson produced all but the last tune, her number two single "The Seeker," which was produced by Porter Wagoner. Wagoner also co-wrote and duets with Parton on "Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man," dedicated to her aforementioned grandfather. "Would You Know Him (If You Saw Him)" was recorded for previous album sessions but left unused. Parton's famed "Comin' for to Carry Me Home" with its cracking rhythm section is here; it charted as a single in 1971. "Letter to Heaven" from 1971's Joshua album and "Sacred Memories" from 1972's Love Is Like a Butterfly round it out. All assembled, it offers a portrait of Parton during the period that may have faded from memory but underscores her reputation as a legend in country music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2010
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886976748227
catalogNumber:
767482

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Tracks

  1. I Believe  - Dolly Parton
  2. Yes I See God  - Dolly Parton
  3. Master's Hand  - Dolly Parton
  4. Heaven's Just a Prayer Away  - Dolly Parton
  5. The Golden Streets of Glory  - Dolly Parton
  6. How Great Thou Art  - Dolly Parton
  7. I'll Keep Climbing  - Dolly Parton
  8. Book of Life  - Dolly Parton
  9. Wings of a Dove  - Dolly Parton
  10. Lord Hold My Hand  - Dolly Parton
  11. Would You Know Him (If You Saw Him)  - Dolly Parton
  12. Comin' For To Carry Me Home  - Dolly Parton
  13. Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man  - Dolly Parton
  14. God's Coloring Book  - Dolly Parton
  15. Letter To Heaven  - Dolly Parton
  16. Sacred Memories  - Dolly Parton
  17. The Seeker  - Dolly Parton

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dolly Parton   Primary Artist
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Buck Trent   Banjo
Jerry Smith   Organ
Joe Babcock   Vocals
Jimmy Capps   Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Chip Young   Guitar
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Delores Edgin   Vocals
Dolores Edgin   Vocals
D.J. Fontana   Drums
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Dave Kirby   Guitar
Lea Jane Singers   Vocals
Sonja Montgomery   Vocals
June Page   Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Dale Sellers   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Bobby Thompson   Guitar
Don Warden   Dobro
Jimmy Colvard   Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Mack Magaha   Fiddle
George W. McCormick   Guitar
David Briggs   Piano
Bruce Osbon   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Bob Ferguson   Composer,Producer
Irvin Graham   Composer
Bill McElhiney   Orchestration
Jimmy Shirl   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Porter Wagoner   Arranger,Producer
Vic Anesini   Mastering
Leverett   Cover Photo
Stuart K. Hine   Composer
Ginny Dean   Composer
Tommy Tomlinson   Composer
Dorothy Jo Hope   Composer

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