The Skinny: If you every wondered if Dolly Parton is truly a great songwriter, grab this collection and let her work speak for itself. Brilliant! There are singles & hits and there other great deeper cuts. This is a killer 2-CD compilation to add to your collection.
Sounds like: Dolly… duh.
Deeper Thoughts: Dolly’s first album, Hello, I’m Dolly was actually released by Monument records in July 1967. But when she began her residency on The Porter Wagoner Show in September of that year, she was soon signed to RCA. Dolly and Porter’s first single, “The Last Thing on My Mind,” was released by RCA in 1967, but her first solo single for RCA, “Just Because I’m a Woman,” (which appears in this collection) wasn’t released until 1968. But, OK, she was signed in ’67. This is the glorious golden-age of Ms. Parton’s career. Although she’s still going strong in the 21st century, these are the classics.
The Sonics: This collection covers a 20-year period that saw major changes in recording technology. Therefore, mastering no doubt presented a bit of a challenge. Dolly’s voice is the main attraction and the mixes reflect that, but there is stellar musicianship throughout.