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Best of Dolly Parton

Dolly PartonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Biography by David Vinopal

It's difficult to find a country performer who has moved from country roots to international fame more successfully than Dolly Parton. Her autobiographical single "Coat of Many Colors" shows the poverty of growing up one of 12 children on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, TN. At 12 years old she was appearing on Knoxville television; at 13 she was ... Read more in Amazon's Dolly Parton Store

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  • Audio CD (August 21, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rca Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000002W7J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jolene
2. Lonely Comin' Down
3. The Bargain Store
4. Touch Your Woman
5. When I Sing For Him
6. I Will Always Love You
7. Love Is Like A Butterfly
8. Coat Of Many Colors
9. My Tennessee Mountain Home
10. Traveling Man

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly Parton 101 May 16, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you own nothing else by Dolly Parton, please start here. All her talents are here at their peak. Songs like "Coat of Many Colors" put a lump in the throat and a tear in the eye. But don't mistake -- there is nothing corny about a child so poor her mother has to fashion her a coat out of old scraps left over from another woman's sewing - a charity grab bag. Dolly was that child, she wore that coat. I have the Coat of Many Colors album which shows a school photo that was taken of Dolly wearing that coat, with tears in her eyes because she had just been ridiculed by her classmates for wearing rags. Dolly turned that heartbreak into triumph. That is why she is a songwriting genius and a Country Music Hall of Famer. Jolene gave me cold chills the first time I heard it. It still does today. The otherworldy harmony of Dolly singing with herself is only one of the classic touches that give this song such a punch. The theme of a woman begging the other woman "please don't take my man" may sound corny but when you hear Dolly sing it, you believe it. Many other female singer have sung Jolene but none can even come close to Dolly's original. I Will Always Love You is a song that has powerful emotional impact. Everyone has to say goodbye to someone they love at least once in life. Death will take our loved ones eventually. This song is nonspecific enough to apply to almost any goodbye situation. I even liked Whitney Houston's version of it, mainly because she copied a lot of Dolly's vocal trills. I suppose a lot of people are tired of this song because of Houston, but listen to this one sometime just after you've said goodbye to someone you didn't want to part from. It will get you everytime. There is so much variety in these 10 songs and all but two were written by Dolly. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly is something else! January 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Dolly Parton has such a beautiful crystalline voice, and this album has some of her best early work. "Jolene" holds a certain memory for me from the 70's...whenever I hear it, it transports me back to a certain Christmas Day when I was 16 and working in a nursing home in the laundry room, and having to wash all the sheets out by hand as the washing machine had broken down. I was feeling very sorry for myself, and wanting to go home to spend Christmas with my family. And "Jolene" came on the radio, and miraculously it cheered me up...even though it wasn't a particularly happy song, but Dolly just seemed to have what was needed for that sad little 16 year old back then. This album holds some great songs, and I recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This" November 3, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Dolly Parton released her second solo "best of" package in 1975 simply called "Best of Dolly Parton" (not to be confused by 1970's longer titled "The Best of Dolly Parton"). In 1978 after Dolly started recording pop music and her popularity skyrocketed this album went Gold selling 500,000 copies. In 1990 that album saw a CD release with a different front cover (this picture was used on the inside of the original vinyl gatefold album). Most music historians believe that if RCA Records took an accounting of Dolly's albums sold with the label this record has probably sold in the millions as of 2011.

This is a gem of some of the best work Dolly has ever done. A total of eight tracks were written by her, the other two by Porter Wagoner who receives producing credit. Jewels here are "Jolene", "Coat of Many Colors", "I Will Always Love You", "Touch Your Woman", "My Tennessee Mountain Home", and "The Bargain Store". The Porter-written tunes are "When I Sing For Him" and "Lonely Comin' Down".

Although there were no new tracks from this collection the LP did manage to go all the way to #5 on the Country Charts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars makes everyone happy September 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this cd was given to me by my husband for christmas and i have just about worn it out. it is such a great cd. dolly sings with such a pure, strong voice. Dolly Parton is the best!!!this is one of her many wonderful cd's. i highly recommend this to anyone-she is awesom !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best stuff I've ever heard by Dolly Parton May 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Last weekend I found this LP at an antique shop that sells some pretty good records. (The free poster was the main selling point.)

I had no idea how much and how quickly I'd fall in love with this. The opening song "Jolene" had me hooked. It's actually a really good song to shake your booty to.

Most of the songs are right around 3 minutes, which I really like. There's never a boring ending or a chorus that goes on for 2+ minutes. Dolly's voice just soars over you. It's a great album to sing along to.

I prefer Dolly's "older" music (the 70s primarily). I think this was a great find. This a great start for anyone unfamiliar with Dolly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime July 13, 2000
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I think this compilation is probably the best currently available for an introduction to all that's wonderful about Dolly Parton. From the crossover hit "Jolene," to the classic tearjerker "Coat of Many Colors," it gives a good sense of Dolly's range, even though she's dipping her toe into crossover right about this time. Apart from the two tracks mentioned above, my favorite tracks include "Tennessee Mountain Home," "The Bargain Store," and the jaunty "Touch Your Woman." "Tennessee Mountain Home" is melodic but not saccharine ("Love is Like a Butterfly" is just a little too sweet for my tastes); "The Bargain Store" is a perfect country "plea"; "Touch Your Woman" sees Dolly soar. But without doubt, the best track on here is Dolly's version of Porter Wagoner's "Lonely Coming Down." It's a classic country song -- melancholy, low key, and lyrically inimitable. When Dolly feels the "lonely dripping down her face," all I can do is sigh. Buy this cd, finally, for the really nice cover: thankfully, RCA have left it alone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sigh
Come on, it's Dolly Parton in the good ol' days. What can I say besides thank you? I love it.
Published 6 months ago by Gma Sara
3.0 out of 5 stars the best of early dolly
This is the best of Dolly Parton at that point of her career. It is a very good cd with Jolene and the original version of I Will Always Love You. Read more
Published 17 months ago by john thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly's Greatest
Without a doubt this is Dolly Partons greatest CD.
It has all the hits plus the song left off most other compilations.
i.e. When I Sing for Him. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Itsonlymakebelieve!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ticket To The Tennessee Blue Ridge Mountains
Content-wise entirely different than the 1970 long-out-of-circulation "The Best of Dolly Parton", itself a must own. Read more
Published on December 19, 2010 by Dave Fever Tree Sigmon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Dolly Parton
I have the original album, and was happy to see
that I could purchase it on CD. Dolly Parton's
older songs are a joy to listen to any day.
Dolly Rocks!!!!
Published on September 17, 2010 by Cherie H. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Title
The CD was in okay shape. It had a few scratches, but it didn't skip. It was in good condition.
Published on August 11, 2009 by Alyssa M. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get.
This is a greatest hits collection, but it captures Dolly Parton, a powerful and uniquely talented artist, singer and composer, before she hit it so big that you might never... Read more
Published on February 25, 2007 by Duane Mulholland
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remember it.
My mother and I listened (and sang along) to this seletion on 8 track tape when I was a little girl, over and over again. I loved it then, and I love it now. Read more
Published on October 13, 2006 by W. Rickman
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