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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.

[Grade: B+] Parton imbues these tunes...with emotional, convincing vocals.... Parton could sing the phone book and make it sound great.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891400723
  • Catalog Number: 4007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Those Were the Days - Porter Wagoner (5:00)
  2. 2 Blowin' in the Wind - Sean Watkins (3:22)
  3. 3 Where Have All the Flowers Gone (4:05)
  4. 4 Twelfth of Never (3:17)
  5. 5 Where Do the Children Play - Yusuf (3:25)
  6. 6 Me and Bobby McGee (3:51)
  7. 7 Crimson and Clover (3:40)
  8. 8 The Cruel War (3:43)
  9. 9 Turn, Turn, Turn (3:18)
  10. 10 If I Were a Carpenter (2:56)
  11. 11 Both Sides Now (3:34)
  12. 12 Imagine - David Foster (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dolly Parton Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss Vocals
Tony Rice Acoustic Guitar, 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 IV 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 Jr. 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, 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, 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 Jr. 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
Yusuf 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rev up the truck

    Never thought I'd hear a "country-fied" version of Those Were the Days, but the mandolin works and it's rollicking. Dolly & friends wind their way through many tunes -- makes you want to rev up the pick-up & take a roadtrip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Found Treasure.

    This album is a true treasure from start to finish...and then you will want to start again! Begining with "Those Were the Days" with Mary Hopkin, this bluegrass masterpiece launches off onto an introspective, heartfelt presentation of songs that Parton refers to as songs that "have touched me deeply in one way or another". Parton's well crafted arrangements are, in themselves, a touching tribute of our collective soul, dreams and fears. "Both Sides Now" with Judy Collins laments the leasons of life in a poignant rendition that only the seasoned pairing of Parton and Collins could deliver in such a knowing manner. The gem of the gems in this album is the final selection, John Lennon's "Imagine" - a truely moving rendition by Parton reminding us of Lennon's dreams of living in a world free of war and hatred. Yes, this album is a treasure - and Ms. Parton is solid gold.

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