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  • Audio CD (July 26, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Records
  • ASIN: B000002WFR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a must have, and a great place for new fans of Dolly to start their collection.
"gemini_j"
The curious thing is that the liner notes only comment on the original album although the recording details cover the bonus tracks as well.
Peter Durward Harris
There's the infamous "Jolene", the mega-hit original version of "I Will Always Love You", and the laid-back "Early Morning Breeze".
Dawn Taylor

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on April 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
By the mid-70s, Parton had emerged from Porter Wagoner's shadow to redefine herself as a powerhouse solo artist. This 1974 release, her first solo LP to crack the top-10, includes the chart-topping title track, as well as the original version of Parton's farewell to Porter Wagoner, "I Will Always Love You." The title track, covered by others (including a superb bluegrass version by Rhonda Vincent), is best heard in this original form.

"I Will Always Love You" is closely associated among film viewers and MTV watchers with Whitney Houston, but Parton's original, aching with conflicting strength, vulnerability, fragility and resolution outstrips both Houston's remake, and Parton's own reworking for the film "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." The song was so strong that all three versions - Houston's and two from Parton - topped the charts!

The album's eight additional tunes, six from Parton, one from Wagoner, and one from Blaise Tosti ("It Must Be You") have tamer themes that those explored on earlier Parton LP's like "Coat of Many Colors," but no less heartfelt. Parton's emancipation from Wagoner would lead her to industry honors (including CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in '75 and '76), Hollywood and crossover success, but the mid-70s found her in full flower of solo aristry as a country singer-songwriter.

Buddha's 1999 reissue of this title was a straight-up 10 track, 25-minute disc. RCA/Legacy expands on the original with a quartet of bonus tracks from the 1974 sessions, bringing the playing time to 37 minutes. It's surprising that a track like "Cracker Jack," a loving song of a childhood pet, was lost in Parton's catalog.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I LIKE THIS ALBUM THE MOST, BOASTING HER EARLY WORK. BESIDES "JOLENE". I'M VERY FOND OF "LIVING ON MEMORIES OF YOU" WHICH REMINDS ME OF A SONG YOU MIGHT HEAR IN A SALOON, BACK IN THE OLD WEST. I ALSO LOVE "HIGHLIGHT OF MY LIFE", "LONELY COMIN' DOWN"( WHICH IS VERY HEARTFELT)AND "IT MUST BE YOU", NOT TO MENTION THE LEGENDARY "I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU". THIS IS THE ONLY ALBUM I CAN SAY, BESIDES THE COMPILATIONS OF BEST HITS I HAVE, THAT I LIKE EVERY SONG ON DEEPLY. WORTH EVERY PENNY IF YOU LIKE DOLLY'S EARLY WORK.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on December 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Buddha's 1999 reissue of Parton's 1974 LP is a straight-up presentation of the original ten tracks. Clocking in at under 25 minutes, this may seem like a sampler rather than a full album in today's 78-minute CD world, but what's here is vintage pre-Hollywood Dolly. In addition to the chart-topping title track, the original version of her farewell to Porter Wagoner, "I Will Always Love You," is awe-inspiring. In contrast to Whitney Houston's overblown remake (and Parton's own oversung reworking), the original is a perfect record, filled with strength, vulnerability, fragility and resolution that culminate in heartbreak all around.
The remaining eight tracks, six from Parton, one from Wagoner, and one from Blaise Tosti ("It Must Be You") are a bit tamer than the topics explored on "Coat of Many Colors" (Buddha's other 1999 reissue), but no less heartfelt. Parton's emancipation from Wagoner would eventually lead her to Hollywood and crossover success, but in the mid-70s she was at the full flower of her first go-round as a pure country singer-songwriter.
Buddha's reissue was an essential buy upon its arrival in 1999, and one for which Parton fans should be grateful. At this point, however, BMG's 2001 pairing of this title with 1975's "My Tennessee Mountain Home" (which is otherwise unavailable on CD) offers twice the music (plus a bonus track) for a few dollars more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "gemini_j" on March 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Jolene is where Dolly's roots are, it was that era where some of her most memorable music came from, this cd being no exception whatsoever. This is pure gold. There are classics on this cd such as Jolene, the original version of I Will ALways Love You, Lonely Comin Down, and other memorable songs lik River of Happiness, Early Morning Breeze, and It Must Be You. All the songs are winners. This is a must have, and a great place for new fans of Dolly to start their collection. Go out and get it if you already havent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 8, 2007
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Jolene has been released 3 previous times on CD over the years and this release is a standout. It comes with a beautiful repackaging of the original art work, new liner notes from "Rolling Stone" writer Chet Flippo,who is a huge Dolly fan, rarely seen photos, original dates of when the songs were recorded,and the best part 4 unreleased songs that are amazing. Get this rare CD as "Jolene" is the best Dolly Parton album, along with "The Golden Streets of Glory", she has ever put out. The sound quality too is excellent.
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To coincide with Dolly's European tour of 2007, there were several CD releases including yet another best of compilation and three twofers (of which this is one) featuring six albums, five of which had never been released on CD while the other had only briefly been available in the early days of CD. Three of Dolly's older albums were also released with bonus tracks (of which this is one) although only the bonus tracks were new to CD, the main albums having already been made available on earlier releases.

The basic Jolene album as originally released had ten tracks, all of a high quality. Two of them became number one country hits for Dolly before eventually becoming internationally famous. The first was the title track, which became a British top ten hit in 1976. Dolly's music has been popular in Britain ever since, and may now be more so than in her homeland, although her popularity isn't reflected in raw chart statistics. Many singers have covered Jolene over the years since, the first major cover being by Olivia Newton-John, who included it on her 1976 album, Come on over.

The other famous song on Dolly's Jolene album is, of course, I will always love you, though it took much longer to achieve international acclaim. Linda Ronstadt was the first major artist to cover it when she included it on her 1975 album, Prisoner in disguise. Dolly re-recorded the song for her 1982 movie, Best little chicken house in Texas (yes, I know it wasn't a chicken house), whereupon the new version repeated the success of the original by becoming a number one country hit. International success eluded the song until Whitney Houston made it into a worldwide pop hit. Then Dolly had another country hit with the song, this time as a duet with Vince Gill, though it didn't make the top ten.
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