RCA Country Legends

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Boiling down a catalogue as rich as Dolly Parton's -- she has more than 3,000 songs copyrighted -- to a representative 16-song overview is no mean feat, but this single-disc collection is pretty tough stuff. This set includes some of her best-known songs -- "Joshua," "Jolene," her definitive version of "I Will Always Love You," "Love Is Like a Butterfly," "The Bargain Store," "Here You Come Again," and the movie theme "9 to 5" -- and its emphasis on album cuts and tunes that only hit the country charts whets the appetite for more. "False Eyelashes," from her first RCA sessions in 1967, offers an early indication of Dolly's penchant for unsparing self-examination, even ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Boiling down a catalogue as rich as Dolly Parton's -- she has more than 3,000 songs copyrighted -- to a representative 16-song overview is no mean feat, but this single-disc collection is pretty tough stuff. This set includes some of her best-known songs -- "Joshua," "Jolene," her definitive version of "I Will Always Love You," "Love Is Like a Butterfly," "The Bargain Store," "Here You Come Again," and the movie theme "9 to 5" -- and its emphasis on album cuts and tunes that only hit the country charts whets the appetite for more. "False Eyelashes," from her first RCA sessions in 1967, offers an early indication of Dolly's penchant for unsparing self-examination, even though it's one of the few songs here that are not Parton originals. The catchy, raw "Daddy's Moonshine Still," from 1971, is a bitter condemnation of the "living hell" a bootlegging father put his poverty-stricken family through. Most noteworthy are two cuts from the long-out-of-print 1976 gem All I Can Do, the last album Parton made before going Hollywood and entering an artistic decline from which she didn't fully emerge until 1998's Hungry Again: the album's alluring, joyful title track and "Shattered Image," a pointed retort to everyone who ever gained currency from mocking her appearance. This is compelling artistry, from first cut to last, by a woman with a gift for storytelling, deep country roots, and a voice for the ages.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Dolly Parton's volume in the RCA Country Legends series attempts to survey territory previously covered by two volumes of The Essential Dolly Parton series, still the best retrospective of her period as a Nashville and later American icon. This collection has only 16 tracks, but still stretches all the way from her earthy late-'60s material to the heavily pop-slanted hits of the early '80s. Fans of her early recordings will enjoy hearing a pair of early album tracks 1967's "False Eyelashes" and 1969's "Evening Shade", but will surely wonder why the volume bypassed not only all of her charting singles from the '60s, but one of her signature songs, "Coat of Many Colors." Those who know her best for pop performances will find a handful of hits, but not nearly enough to love. At best, RCA Country Legends does function as a competent hits collection; it includes plenty of country number ones "Joshua," "The Bargain Store," "Jolene" as well as most of her pop crossovers of the late '70s and early '80s "I Will Always Love You," "9 to 5," "Here You Come Again".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636510125
  • Catalog Number: 65101

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dolly Parton Primary Artist, Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Buck Trent Banjo, Electric Banjo
Vic Jordan Banjo
Mark Morris Drums
Joe Babcock Background Vocals
Anita Ball Background Vocals
Stuart Basore Steel Guitar
Jeff Baxter Guitar
Lea Jane Berinati Background Vocals
Thomas Brannon Background Vocals
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Lenny Castro Percussion
Chip Young Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Bobby Dyson Bass
Ray Edenton Rhythm Guitar
Dolores Edgin Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet
John Hughey Steel Guitar
Kim Hutchcroft Baritone Saxophone
Jim Isbell Drums
Dave Kirby Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Larry Knechtel Piano
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Lea Jane Singers Vocals
Kenny Malone Drums
Wayne Moss Electric Guitar
June Page Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Tom Rutledge Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Tom Saviano Saxophone
Dale Sellers Guitar
Stephanie Spruill Background Vocals
Wendy Suits Background Vocals
Bobby Thompson Banjo, Rhythm Guitar
Sharon Vaughn Background Vocals
Jerry Whitehurst Piano
Paul Yandell Electric Guitar
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Jimmy Colvard Electric Guitar
Denise Maynelli Background Vocals
Larrie Londin Drums
Jerry Lee Smith Piano
Charles McCoy Harmonica
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Richard Schlosser Drums
Mack Magaha Fiddle
George W. McCormick Rhythm Guitar
Martin K. Walsh Guitar
Bruce Osbon Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Dolly Parton Arranger, Producer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Mike Post Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Hugh Moffatt Composer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Bob Ferguson Producer
Gary Klein Producer
Charles Koppelman Executive Producer
Gregg Perry Arranger, Producer
Robert Tubert Composer
Porter Wagoner Producer
David Wolfert Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Pebe Sebert Composer
George Vaughn Composer
Rosemary Sebert Composer
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