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Ultimate Dolly Parton

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
There are many more ultimate Dolly Parton recordings than the 20 contained here, but this collection of choice material does provide a succinct overview of the artist's two-plus decades on RCA. The focus is on chart hits -- 19 of the 20 songs were No. 1 country singles, the only one not reaching that lofty perch being 1971's No. 4 hit, "Coat of Many Colors," which is nonetheless one of her most beloved and personal songs. The most memorable cuts come with Parton's writer's credit too, including beauties such as her original version of "I Will Always Love You" which Whitney Houston took to the charts, via the Bodyguard soundtrack, in 1992, as well as vivid biographical ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
There are many more ultimate Dolly Parton recordings than the 20 contained here, but this collection of choice material does provide a succinct overview of the artist's two-plus decades on RCA. The focus is on chart hits -- 19 of the 20 songs were No. 1 country singles, the only one not reaching that lofty perch being 1971's No. 4 hit, "Coat of Many Colors," which is nonetheless one of her most beloved and personal songs. The most memorable cuts come with Parton's writer's credit too, including beauties such as her original version of "I Will Always Love You" which Whitney Houston took to the charts, via the Bodyguard soundtrack, in 1992, as well as vivid biographical memories of the characters from her Tennessee mountain home, "Joshua" and "Jolene," and the timeless homespun philosophy of "Love Is like a Butterfly" and "The Bargain Store." The more recent recordings are from other writers' pens and showcase Parton's considerable interpretive skills. Dolly shows off both the strength of her pipes and her subtlety in laying on the heartache on Billy Vera's pop-blues "I Really Got the Feeling" and the soaring Donna Summer–Bruce Sudano power ballad "Starting Over Again." The collection also includes her feisty 9 to 5 theme song, and a cut from the Trio -- Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris -- a precious, heart-tugging version of Phil Spector's "To Know Him Is to Love Him." As an introduction to some of the most important work by one of country music's most important artists, Ultimate Dolly Parton is an essential starting point.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Dolly Parton has had countless collections, including many billed as either "definitive" or "ultimate," which is the billing given BMG Heritage's 2003 release. Running 20 tracks over the course of a single disc, this Ultimate Dolly Parton keeps its focus on the big hits, including a large stretch of hits from the late '70s and early '80s, including "Here You Come Again," "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right," "Heartbreaker," "9 to 5," and "Islands in the Stream." In addition to this, there are a couple of latter-day tracks, her Trio recording of "To Know Him Is to Love Him" and early hits "Joshua," "Coat of Many Colors," "I Will Always Love You," and "Jolene." So, in short, it's her most familiar material on one disc, something that has certainly been done before in her catalog, but it's done particularly well here. As a roundup of her hits, it works very well and it's also a good introduction, although listeners who are interested in her purer country and more ambitious music are advised to pick up Raven's superb Mission Chapel Memories: 1971-1975 instead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765200820
  • Catalog Number: 52008
  • Sales rank: 16,917

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dolly Parton Primary Artist
Nick DeCaro Conductor
Technical Credits
Ricky Skaggs Producer
Dolly Parton Producer, Executive Producer
Don Williams Composer
Mike Post Producer
Barry Gibb Producer
Albhy Galuten Producer
Nick DeCaro Arranger
Bob Ferguson Producer
Gary Klein Producer
Charles Koppelman Executive Producer
George Massenburg Producer
Dean Parks Producer
Gregg Perry Arranger, Producer
Karl Richardson Producer
Porter Wagoner Producer
Holly George-Warren Liner Notes
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Rosemary Sebert Composer
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