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Halos & Horns

Dolly PartonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)


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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 (July 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B000066TPL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Halos And Horns
2. Sugar Hill
3. Not For Me
4. Hello God
5. If
6. Shattered Image
7. These Old Bones
8. What A Heartache
9. I'm Gone
10. Raven Dove
11. Dagger Through The Heart
12. If Only
13. John Daniel
14. Stairway To Heaven

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Like many musicians profoundly moved by the events of September 11, Dolly Parton reacted to the tragedy by going inward and forging a spiritual journey through songwriting. As usual, the subjects from which she draws the greatest strength are the ones that have buoyed her throughout her career--the Deity, to whom she talks directly in the searching "Hello, God," and the mythology of the mountains, best exemplified in "These Old Bones," a fascinating piece of backwoods lore, even as Parton's impersonation of an ancient fortune teller turns grating. Yet the songs on Halos & Horns carry a subtext, too, that of the perpetual struggle between right and wrong, temptation and redemption, and heaven and hell. Longtime Parton fans will recognize that thematic tug from her earliest work, just as they will hear a return to her more primitive, pre-'80s sound. While the singer, who produced the record herself using both Nashville and East Tennessee musicians, reprises several tunes ("Shattered Image," "What a Heartache") from her catalog to give them an acoustic, bluegrassy treatment, she is not without her surprises. Chief among them: "Raven Dove," a powerful, almost biblical prophesy of a Second Coming, and a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," which Parton slightly rewrote to give it more personal and apocalyptic verve. If the thought of that brings a smile to your face, just wait: one spin through it, and you'll be down on your knees. --Alanna Nash

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Track Listings: 1. Halos and Horns 2. Sugar Hill 3. Not For Me 4. Hello God 5. If 6. Shattered Image 7. These Old Bones 8. What A Heartache 9. I'm Gone 10. Raven Dove 11. Dagger Through The Heart 12. If Only 13. John Daniel 14. Stairway to Heaven

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly's done it again August 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Dolly Parton has had a slew of creative success behind her past few albums, so its no surprise once again she's turned in a commanding performance on HALOS AND HORNS her newest offering. The album opens with the title track, which has excellent harmony vocals. The album has interesting concepts, for one she covers two well known songs: Bread's "If" and Led Zepplin's "Stairway to Heaven". As well two of her own past hits get retreatment, "What a Heartache" and "Shattered Image". The remaining 10 songs are all brand new, and some of her most inspired. "Hello God" recalls 9/11 and offers peace, "These Old Bones" has Dolly role playing, "I'm Gone" is a fun quirky leave-your-man kind of song. The album's first single and video is "Dagger Through the Heart", and Dolly does heartbreak well. Overall HALOS AND HORNS is another winner, so be sure to add it to your collection.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly at her best July 14, 2002
By James
Format:Audio CD
I must say this album blew me away. I listened to the first track "Halos and Horns" and had to play it again. I did that on every song, and thought I'm never going to get to the end of this album cause it's all so good. I think I played "Hello God" three times. When I finally finished the cd I was amazed at it's depth. It made me laugh on "These Old Bones" and "I'm Gone". I nearly cried on "Hello God" and "Not for Me". I got chills on "Raven Dove" and "Stairway to Heaven," which is a standout as "Shine" was on the awesome Little Sparrow released last year. If this project doesn't award her another grammy I will be shocked. Halos and Horns incorporates the splendor of Hungry Again, Heartsongs, The Grass is Blue and Little Sparrow all into one disc. Dolly's vocals are breathtaking as she soars over the bluegrass, gospel and traditional country numbers with ease. "Dagger Through the Heart" is Dolly at her vocal best. This disc far surpasses Oh Brother Where Art Thou and also tops her last two masterpieces. I've lisened to this cd so much in the last six days, and I love it even more now. This is the best country or bluegrass cd in a long time. I rank it as her best work and that is saying a lot as I have loved her since the early 80's.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God For Dolly July 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Dolly Parton will always remain my favorite singer. I think she possesses unique qualities, her voice is so poignant and beautiful, and her style of songwriting is so endearing and beautiful. I was really impressed with HALOS AND HORNS. It's useless to compare this to LITTLE SPARROW or THE GRASS IS BLUE, this one stands on its own as they both also do. This is the first album that Dolly produced on the own. She wrote all the tracks, except the two tracks that she covered. This time she took the liberty of covering Bread's "If" and Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". I think she offers a unique twist on these classics. As well she gives two of her past songs a new twist, "What A Heartache" and "Shattered Image" both get a revamped sound, very nice. Then we have 10 brand new tracks, or at least the first we've heard of them. The terribly sad "Not For Me" was actually written by Dolly about 35 years ago when she first arrived in Nashville, its a heart wrenching song, a definite highlight. "If Only" was originally going to be used for the Mae West movie she was going to star in, but they didn't want it, so she used it here, great track. The slated first single and video is planned to be "I'm Gone", a tongue in cheek song about a woman leaving her man. "John Daniel" and "These Old Bones" are classic country, done Dolly style. "These Old Bones" has Dolly singing in her mother's voice. Interesting twist. "Hello God" was a song written after 9/11, a beautiful song, one of the best on the CD. "Sugar Hill" was a song Dolly wrote after thinking of her record label's name. The musicians on this album come from Dolly's new road band. Overall HALOS AND HORNS is a great CD, classic Dolly all around. This is one CD to look out for this year, once again Dolly does not disapoint.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HALOS AND HORNS September 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
#1 HALOS AND HORNS- This Is A Very Nice Song good harmonies and instramintation 4.3/5

#2 SUGAR HILL- Now this song is fun with banjos and harmonicas

with funny lines like "Down in the mill pond swimming naked showing more than we should have showed" Then Halfway Through The Song Things Elevate And Has A Choir In The Background Wich Sounds Beautiful Then At The End The Song Speeds Up Pretty Fast Then Ends "Up On Sugar Hill" 5/5

#3 NOT FOR ME-This Is As Slow As It Gets although The Sound Clips Make It Sound Kind Of Boring but if you listen to the whole song it would probly change your mind about this song.

It is very beautiful and calm, it might not be your favorite but I LIKE IT 5/5

#4 HELLO GOD- This is the song that did the best on the charts, It Was not a Hit but it made it up to #60 on the country charts

Dolly Also made a music video for it from the CMA Awards in 2002.

Anyways The Song Starts Out Kind Of Quiet in The First Part Then Comes The Choir and More music. So If You Like Dollys More Recent CD FOR GOD AND COUNTRY You Would Like This One Like I Do 5/5

#5 IF -I Dont Have Much To Say About This Song, Dolly Could Have Exchanged this song for another one but its good I like the mandolin and banjo solos the most 3.6/5

#6 SHATTERD IMAGE- This Song Originaly appered on dollys ALL I CAN DO album back in 1970 or something and the updated version sounds better than ever with a new verse (The Old Version Had 3 Verse's and this one has 4 Verse's)4.3/5

#7 THESE OLD BONES- This song is very uniqe some people will like it some wont but when I listend to the song for then first time I was very suprised the other voice on here that dose not really sound like dolly.
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Published 25 days ago by Seth Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love these songs.
Published 1 month ago by ella rademacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Been looking and here you are Dollys dvd
Really love the songs and whated to find this dvd and had a hard time till I came to my go to spot (Amazon) and here it was
Published 5 months ago by wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars That Little Tennessee Beauty Does It Again
I have been a fan of Dolly Parton since she first turned up on the Porter Wagner Show. My all-time favorite of her songs is "I Will Always Love You" covered by several... Read more
Published 6 months ago by RON ORNDORFF
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Looked a long time for this CD. I enjoy it. I visited all the CD's store around here. Good music is hard to find. You can get junk CD's anywhere, but , not good music. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Geraldine D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet & Sassy
Nothing like Dolly to get your country blue grass soul and feet into the beat of times of the past.
Published 14 months ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great examples of Dolly's amazing range
This was a great mix of songs. Fast or slow paced music, Dolly makes it all seem so effortless. I loved "These Old Bones". Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jeanne R
5.0 out of 5 stars One of County's Best
Great Music, by a real Country Lady. Singers like Dolly come alone once in a blue.
moon. Today's Female Country singers could learn a lot from her.
Published 19 months ago by Richard G Carruthers
4.0 out of 5 stars Dolly Parton Hello God
great music,always love Dolly Parton.Her lyrics are well thought out to fit life's problems or goals. She will not disappoint you.
Published 19 months ago by Norma DAguilar
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Album
This album is very fun. I wasn't quite sure if I'd like it, based on some of the reviews here, but it was so unique that I couldn't help but love it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by foreverfall
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