Those Were the Days

Those Were the Days

5.0 2
by Dolly Parton
     
 

Dolly Parton's artistic rejuvenation continues unabated on Those Were the Days, a mostly acoustic collection of cover songs from the '60s and '70s, including some that became familiar anthems during the civil rights and antiwar movements. Not that this is any kind of protest album, but the infusion of social consciousness is an interesting new wrinkle in PartonSee more details below

Overview

Dolly Parton's artistic rejuvenation continues unabated on Those Were the Days, a mostly acoustic collection of cover songs from the '60s and '70s, including some that became familiar anthems during the civil rights and antiwar movements. Not that this is any kind of protest album, but the infusion of social consciousness is an interesting new wrinkle in Parton's repertoire. Also, this is a duets-and-more album, as Parton is accompanied on each song by guest artists. Some of the inspired pairings include none other than Tommy James on harmony vocal (and tremolo guitar) in a shimmering rendition of "Crimson and Clover" and Roger McGuinn adding urgent harmonies to a bluegrass-ified "Turn, Turn, Turn," in which David Talbot's cascading banjo lines evoke the feel of Pete Seeger's original version. Nickel Creek add silky folk textures and ethereal harmonies to Parton's crying interpretation of "Blowin' in the Wind," while a string section underpins a mournful reading of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," with evocative harmony support from Norah Jones and Lee Ann Womack. With David Foster on piano and a lush string section behind her, Parton digs into John Lennon's "Imagine" with a deliberate, impressively modulated reading that is captivating in its whispered verses and soaring choruses. Johnny Mathis's beautiful love ballad "Twelfth of Never" is retooled as a brisk bluegrass shuffle, with Keith Urban adding a dreamy tenor vocal part. Judy Collins revisits a keening "Both Sides Now," with Rhonda Vincent pitching in on harmonies as well. Kris Kristofferson (on "Me and Bobby McGee"), Alison Krauss, and Joe Nichols are present and accounted for, too, their solid presence adding ballast to an album that is charming in its execution and compelling in its subtle but pointed messages.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ever since signing with Sugar Hill in 1999, Dolly Parton has been on a hot streak, putting out a steady stream of rootsy albums that found her creatively re-energized. It all started with the all-bluegrass Grass Is Blue, which won a Grammy in 2000, and she worked a similar territory on the subsequent Little Sparrow (2001) and started to branch out a bit with Halos & Horns (2002), which remained in the acoustic realm but wasn't as strictly bluegrass. Now, with Those Were the Days, she breaks free of bluegrass in the strictest sense by recording an album of her favorite songs from the '60s and '70s. While this isn't traditional bluegrass by any means, it's still rootsy acoustic music, due to both the instrumentation and choice of songs, which are, with the exceptions of Tommy James' "Crimson and Clover" and John Lennon's "Imagine," firmly within the folk and folk-rock tradition of the '60s. Parton has also styled Those Were the Days as a duet album, inviting the original singers or songwriters when they were available, and bringing in newer singers when they were not (like Nickel Creek providing harmonies on Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," Norah Jones and Lee Ann Womack for "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," and Keith Urban for "Twelfth of Never"). The arrangements are at once tasteful, imaginative, and relatively unsurprising -- there are no left hooks, no electric sitars, or wah-wah guitars (although there is the trademark electric guitar tremolo on "Crimson and Clover"), just vivid, successful, slight reworkings of familiar songs that make them sound fresh again. Since Parton has been making strong acoustic records for six years now, this doesn't have the same impact as Grass Is Blue, but that doesn't mean that Those Were the Days is a bad record. Far from it, actually -- it's yet another very good album, one with no weak spots, from a revitalized Dolly Parton, who has turned into one of the more reliable country music veterans of the 2000s.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Barry Gilbert
[Grade: B+] Parton imbues these tunes...with emotional, convincing vocals.... Parton could sing the phone book and make it sound great.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891400723

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dolly Parton   Primary Artist,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss   Vocals
Tony Rice   Acoustic Guitar,Guest Appearance
Rhonda Vincent   Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin,Guest Appearance
George Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kris Kristofferson   Vocals
Mel McDaniel   Vocals,Background Vocals
Pam Tillis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Judy Collins   Vocals
Jack Jezzro   Strings
David Foster   Piano,Guest Appearance
Jack Green   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jan Howard   Vocals,Background Vocals
George Hamilton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Eldredge   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lisa Bevill   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Davidson   Strings
Richard Dennison   Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Toy Piano
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Kim Fleming   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Grosjean   Strings
Vicki Hampton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Hoke   Harmonica
Paul Hollowell   Piano
Mary Hopkin   Vocals
Tom Howard   Strings
Viktor Krauss   Bass Guitar,Bowed Bass,Guest Appearance
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Brenda Lee   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bob Mater   Percussion,Drums
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle
Roger McGuinn   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jimmy C. Newman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jennifer O'Brien   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeannie Seely   Vocals,Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Terry Smith   Bass
Tony Smith   Piano
Kathy Stewart   Vocals,Background Vocals,Children's Chorus
Chuck Tilley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dan Tyminski   Vocals
Alan Umstead   Strings
Catherine Umstead   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Porter Wagoner   Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy Joe Walker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Tommy Lee James   Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Kent Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,6-string bass
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Lisa Cochran   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Nichols   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tommy James   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Thile   Mandolin,Guest Appearance
Lee Ann Womack   Vocals
Keith Urban   Vocals
Monisa Angell   Strings
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Guest Appearance
Anna Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals,Children's Chorus
Angel Cruz   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joey Schmidt   Accordion
Emily Webb   Vocals,Background Vocals,Children's Chorus
Jon Mark Ivey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Strings
Duane Hamilton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nickel Creek   Vocals
David Talbot   Banjo,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jamie Johnson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Danny Roberts   Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Norah Jones   Vocals
Dave Fowler   Bass
Ilya Toshinsky   Dulcimer,Banjo,Guest Appearance
Kristin Bauer   Vocals,Background Vocals,Children's Chorus
Mindy Smith   Vocals
Callie Cryar   Vocals,Background Vocals,Children's Chorus
Phoebe Cryar   Vocals,Background Vocals,Children's Chorus
Drew Cline   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kid Connection Inc.   Vocals,Background Vocals,Children's Chorus
Opry Gang   Vocals,Background Vocals
Doctor Ming Wang   Erhu,Guest Appearance
Andy Hall   Dobro,Harp,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Dolly Parton   Arranger,Producer,Author
Tim Hardin   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Jimmy Wisner   Producer
Steve Davis   Engineer
Tom Howard   String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Gene Raskin   Composer
Alan Silverman   Engineer
Tony Smith   String Arrangements
Tommy Lee James   Producer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Tommy James   Composer
Benny Quinn   Mastering
Kelly Pribble   Engineer
Patrick Murphy   Engineer
Ira Parker   Montage
Seeger, Petersen + Marsalis   Composer
Neil Devor   Engineer
Matt Boynton   Engineer
Lisa Reagan   Composer
Reed "Mountain Man" Taylor   Engineer
Sarah Jane Schmeltzer   Engineer
J. Carter Tutwiler   Engineer
Sasha Vosk   Director

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >