For fans of Dolly Parton's who have never owned any of the five CD's in this collection, or if your like me and will buy anything on Miss Parton, this is truely a superb opportunity to own the best work of Dolly's during her Columbia recording days which took place between 1987-1995. The CD's are housed in individual cardboard cases and look beautiful.
First up is the very rare release of Dolly's first Columbia album, "Rainbow" (1987). Regarded by many as Dolly's worst record it is still highly sought after by record collectors as this is the first time "Rainbow" has seen a rerelease since its inception. Only going as high as #18 on the Country Albums Chart, the record failed to produce any hits, but the Dolly-penned "More Than I Can Say" is beautiful and her duet with Smoky Robinson, "I Know You By Heart", is fun.
Secondly, "White Limozeen" (1989) brought Dolly back on top. More country than "Rainbow", "White Limozeen" went to #3 country, sold 500,000 copies going Gold, and produced the #1 songs "Yellow Roses" and "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That?". The gospel flavoured "He's Alive" is also included.
Next is Dolly's last #1 album to date, "Eagle When She Flies" from 1991. It features the #1 duet with Ricky Van Shelton, "Rockin' Years", "Silver and Gold", and the title track originally written by Dolly for her movie "Steel Magnolias".
The fourth album is by Dolly and two of her contemporaries, women who came to Nashville around the same time Dolly did in the early sixties, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. "Honky Tonk Angels" went to #6, went Gold, and is highly regarded by many in the country music industry as being one of the best records of all-time.
Lastly, Dolly's last studio album for Columbia is included, "Something Special" (1995). This features her beautiful duet of "I Will Always Love You" with Vince Gill (garnering them the 1996 CMA Vocal Event of the Year Award), as well as her new recordings of "Jolene" and "The Seeker". Despite going all the way to #10 on the charts Columbia decided to drop Dolly from the label making this the first time in nearly 30 years Dolly was without a major record label.
The other Columbia Dolly records not included in this set are her 1990 Christmas album, "Home For Christmas", 1993's "Slow Dancing With The Moon", and her live album "Heartsongs" (1994).