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  • Audio CD (9 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music Tv Projects
  • ASIN: B00JX6S8E2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (968 customer reviews)
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Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is proud to announce her latest recording endeavour, a partnership between her own label Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks. The label deal will now launch her new album Blue Smoke – The Best Of in the UK, to coincide with her Blue Smoke World Tour hitting the UK, Europe and of course Glastonbury ! Blue Smoke – The Best of, will include her latest studio album Blue Smoke featuring a new duet with long time collaborator and friend Kenny Rogers and even a Bon Jovi cover ! Alongside her greatest hits on disc 2 featuring the classics such as Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands in the Stream, Little Sparrow, Here You Come Again and I Will Always Love You plus many more. Dolly is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award.

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I was so looking forward to this release. Dolly goes back to her roots on a lot of these tracks.the sound of bluegrass is evident.so nice to hear the voices of dolly and kenny together again with you can t make old friends....a beautiful track that comes from the heart. A varied selection of songs from Dolly. A truly beautiful album that's been put together with love and dedication.
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12 tracks featuring duets with Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson on this latest release from Dolly to coincide with her current World Tour.

The CD begins with a rip-roaring title track, full of choo-choos and woo-woos (other appropriate train noises are available), leaving you somewhat breathless. Fortunately the next track, "Unlikely Angel", is one of those ballads that only Dolly can sing so well. Next we have a cover version of the old Bob Dylan classic, "Don`t Think Twice". Track number 4, the best, in my opinion, is the heartfelt duet with Kenny Rogers, "You Can`t Make Old Friends", Recently On Radio 2, Dolly did a 2 hour show entitled `Dollys` Jukebox`, where she stated that this song was recorded on the thirtieth anniversary of "Islands In The Stream". This is followed by another sad longing type song "Home", not to be confused with a Jim Reeves song with the same name. This track will be the first single from the CD.

Strangely, Dolly looks at the next song, "Banks Of The Ohio", with a mans perspective, as opposed to the version by Olivia Newton-John. Still she does it justice, as you would expect. Followed by a raucous covering of "Lay Your Hands On Me". It seems that everybody and their uncle joined in. "Miss You-Miss Me" is a strange tug-of-love story of a child caught in the middle of warring parents, beautifully performed. "If I Had Wings", sensitively sung, follows. The next track, sung partly in French, and entitled, "Lover Du Jour", is an amusing track (listen out for Dollys comments at the end). Willie Nelson accompanies Dolly on the penultimate track, "From Here To The Moon And Back". It is about enduring love, not the Space Race as I had imagined. Finally, "Try", another uplifting song, penned by Dolly herself.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2014
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Taking the new Blue Smoke album (the first CD) first, Dolly is clearly still in great form, with plenty of new songs, along with some covers.

The title track with its steam train imagery doesn't appeal to everybody, but it definitely appeals to me. It is interesting to see that, even in America where the last commercial steam trains ran in 1959. these sounds are still part of our culture. Dolly grew up in the mountains well away from the railroads so would not have seen many trains in her childhood, if she saw any at all, yet she still uses the.steam train imagery. This track is my favorite here, but other great original tracks include Home, Unlikely angel, If I had wings and the duet with Kenny Rogers, You can't make old friends.

The covers include Don't think twice it's all right (Bob Dylan), Banks of the Ohio (with added lyrics to explain that Dolly supposedly got the story from a man in prison for the murder; the true story actually dates back to the 19th century)., Lay your hands on me (Bon Jovi) and From here to the moon and back (a song that Dolly originally wrote and recorded with Kris Kristofferson and Jeremy Jordan, but this time she duets with Willie Nelson). I don't think the Bon Jovi song quite works, but the rest of the covers are fantastic.

In the UK, the Blue Smoke album was released with a bonus 20-track hits compilation that I didn't really need, but I won't complain. At least it's a bit different from other Dolly compilations, because it includes tracks from Backwoods Barbie and Better day.

Committed Dolly fans could argue forever about what is included or omitted, but a lot of those fans have all the major hits from whatever period of Dolly's career appeals to them.
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Blue Smoke is an album with Dolly on fire, a very original genre somewhere between blues country bluegrass and pop
This album has everything. What was most amazing to me was Dolly's voice is still as young and fresh and gorgeous as ever; in fact I think some of her singing on this album is even better than past years, and in some songs like "If I had Wings" the emotional character in her voice is nothing less than sublime - what an amazing performer. There are some very well picked covers the likes of Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi, but as always enough of Dolly's own brilliant imagination at work.
A very good album and a "must have" for any Dolly fan
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Love this new album of Dolly Parton! I saw her on tv at Glastonbury and was blown away with her new record! A very amazing songwriter. This is the first album I have bought of Dolly Parton so she has gained another new fan! I will be buying more of her albums.
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Another great album from a country and western legend. Thoroughly enjoy listening to this album and is now a form favourite in my music collection. Definitely would recommend.
Can't wait to see her in concert!
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