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Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith & Inspiration

Dolly PartonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 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 (May 4, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B003BZXI50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Believe
2. Yes I See God
3. Master's Hand,
4. Heaven's Just A Prayer Away
5. The Golden Streets Of Glory
6. How Great Thou Art
7. I'll Keep Climbing
8. Book Of Life
9. Wings Of A Dove
10. Lord Hold My Hand
11. Would You Know Him
12. Comin' For To Carry Me Home
13. Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man
14. God's Coloring Book
15. Letter To Heaven
16. Sacred Memories (2:44)
17. The Seeker

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Dolly's gift as a singer/songwriter and devotion to faith and family offers a safe haven away from the worrisome troubles of everyday life. Includes the previously-unreleased track "Would You Know Him.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Letter to Heaven returns to print 1971's Golden Streets of Glory, Dolly Parton's first full album of inspirational song. The seventeen tracks of this 45-minute collection include the album's original ten and six bonuses cherry-picked from Parton's albums and singles of the 1970s. As a treat for collectors, the original album session track "Would You Know Him (If You Saw Him) is released here for the first time. The latter is among Parton's most compelling vocals in the set, and a real mystery as to how it was left off the original release. Parton wrote or co-wrote ten of the seventeen titles and puts her vocal stamp on standards ("I Believe"), country ("Wings of a Dove"), gospel ("How Great Thou Art") and classic spirituals ("Swing Low Sweet Chariot," here reworked as "Comin' For to Carry Me Home"). The album's originals are surprisingly generic songs of faith and praise, unsatisfying in comparison to the following year's brilliant "Coat of Many Colors."

The bonus tracks fare much better. Parton's tribute to her grandfather, "Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man" is joined by memories of childhood church-going in "Sacred Memories." Her appreciation of creation's majesty, "God's Coloring Book" is personal and intimate, and "Letter to Heaven" retains its power to evoke a lump in your throat forty years after it was recorded. Producer Bob Ferguson dials back his Nashville Sound to light arrangements of country, soul and gospel; the twang is still minimized, but neither the strings nor backing choruses overwhelm. RCA Legacy's single-CD reissue includes recording details and liner note by Deborah Evans Price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dolly Gem!!! May 10, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I just got My copy of "Letter To Heaven" This has to be a classic by far. tracks were recorded in the early to mid 1970's and can still hold up to sound like they were just recorded. I thank the RCA/Sony Legacy Label for this package, and hope they keep coming!!! The Track on this Cd that was never before released "Would you Know Him" and the bonus tracks make this package a must have!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Beautiful CD" May 4, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Dolly Parton is known for recording many kinds of music; country, rock, bluegrass, and disco are just a few types that's she recorded in her remarkable career. In this new collection, called "Letter To Heaven", Dolly performs spiritual numbers, tracks that were recorded in the early seventies when she was with RCA Records.
The bulk of the CD's songs are from her first gospel album called "The Golden Streets of Glory", released in 1971. All songs from that collection are found here including her self-penned "The Master's Hand" and the title track, two songs that are standouts. Other greats are her renditions of "I Believe", "Wings of a Dove", and "How Great Thou Art". Also included are tracks from different RCA albums including "Sacred Memories" from "Love Is Like A Butterfly" (1974); "Letter To Heaven" pulled from "Joshua" (1971); "Daddy Was An Old-Time Preacher Man, released as a duet with Porter Wagoner from 1970's "Once More"; "The Seeker" from "Dolly" (1975); "Comin' For To Carry Me Home", released as a single, but never put on any Dolly album in 1971; and the original recording of "God's Coloring Book" that was dropped from the "Coat of Many Colors" (1971) album but released with the "Dolly" boxset in 2009. The crowning jewel here, however, is the lost recording of "Would You Know HIm?", a track recorded during "The Golden Streets of Glory" sessions, but remained unreleased until now.
The cover picture of this album is taken from the same photo shoot that photographer Les Leveret did for "The Golden Streets of Glory", so its nice to see a different shot made for this release.
Simply a standout collection, Dolly's voice sounds impeccable, strong, and full of faith. Gone are the big drums and steel guitars that she was known for when she released her pop material. RCA wisely made these recordings with very little intrumentation as possible and allowed Dolly's voice to own the songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An artist at her best June 15, 2010
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I purchased the original LP "The Golden Streets of Glory," in 1971 when I was in the military. I was very pleased to see it re-issued (with additional tracks). This is one of the seminal albums of country gospel delivered by a great artist who delivers each song with beauty, grace, and the conviction of a true believer. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect January 20, 2014
By LF
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I got this CD for my mom for Christmas who loves Dolly Parton....Perfect CD.... Just as described. Thank you!!!! A+++
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent. January 12, 2014
By Mae
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I love Dolly Parton music especially her old timey gospel music. She is tops in my book always. Thank You
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dolly! January 7, 2014
By Lumina
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Sometimes faith needs an encouraging word. Dolly's wonderful voice gave me just that. Whenever I am feeling a little blue, I can listen to the words of love and faith and refresh my soul. Thank you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Wonderful !
Published 1 month ago by GayboyJax
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolly is so talented
Everyone loves Dolly. I was looking for a song to sing for special music. I was inspired by this to write something that touched me. Thanks
Published 10 months ago by Madeline Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, wonderful!
Dolly Parton at her best. The music is very moving and she brings a very personal touch to it. You can't go wrong with this CD.
Published 17 months ago by Elizabeth Rodman
3.0 out of 5 stars Diisappointef
Sounds dated as if they have taken 70's vynyl and put it on to CD I am a great fan and have all of Dollys Cd's & Dvd"s but there is something a miss here sound quality not that... Read more
Published 17 months ago by LLWYNDDERW
4.0 out of 5 stars music good for spirit
Some of past tunes are the best. Inspirational and spiritual can't go wrong with Dolly! Dolly Parton is always a favorite.
Published 19 months ago by Kathy Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Gr8s
An excellent selection of songs. Very reasonabley priced. You well get your moneys worth I Assure you. Five stars all the Way!!!!
Published on August 1, 2012 by ginger2008petlover
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely gospel tracks
Very satisfied with CD. The last time I heard these gospel tracks by Dolly Parton was more than 15 years ago. They are still comforting and ispiring today.
Published on July 19, 2012 by Kev
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton brilliant as ever.As per the title Inspirational.Her song writing talent shows in songs like Gods Colouring Books,Masters Hands and Her tribute to her Daddy 'Daddy Was... Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by Mr. E. C. Dawes
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