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  • Audio CD (16 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000MTOQAY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 9 To 5
  2. I Will Always Love You
  3. Islands In The Stream
  4. Jolene
  5. Coat Of Many Colors
  6. My Tennessee Mountain Home
  7. Here You Come Again
  8. Baby I'm Burnin'
  9. Love Is Like A Butterfly
  10. The Bargain Store
  11. Potential New Boyfriend
  12. Everything's Beautiful (In It's Own Way)
  13. Silver Threads And Golden Needles
  14. To Know Him Is To Love Him
  15. Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That
  16. Romeo
  17. Tennessee Homesick Blues
  18. Dumb Blonde
  19. Applejack
  20. Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You

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Dolly Parton - Best Of - Cd

BBC Review

We reviewers are an arrogant lot. We really do believe that we can help you get to the heart of the music and guide your purchasing decisions. Well, sometimes that is a good thing - we all need help in filtering the mass of cultural information out there down to a manageable amount.

But how on earth can anyone add to the sum knowledge and understanding of Dolly Parton? She is one of the most recognised people on earth and her songs are amongst the most familiar in the popular music canon. Since her first single in 1960 she has written over 3,000 songs and recorded many more.

Born into a dirt poor farming familly in Locust Ridge, Tennessee (she was one of 12 children) Dolly was soon writing songs and performing locally. From there to her first hit with "Dumb Blonde" in 1967 to the classic worlwide smashes of songs like "Jolene" (her first real breakthrough solo single in 1974), "Here You Come Again", "I Will Always Love You", "Islands In The Stream" and so many more, this has been an incredible journey. One of the first people to take down-home country into the pop arena and out into the world, Dolly went on to become a host of her own TV shows, star in major Hollywood movies, sell millions of records, build her own theme park and continue to have hits right the way through to the late 1980's.

Eventually, of course, she became so big, so mainstream that somehow we stopped thinking of her as a country star and came to see her through the consumerist filter of that 80's era - big hair, big hits, big personality...but big was not nescessarily the same as great and as the hits dried up, so Dolly has been able to concentrate on the things that do demonstrate her genuine greatness. Collaborations with Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn started the process of bringing her back to her roots and this continued through her recent rootsy albums such as the lovely Little Sparrow in 2001. So now we can see that Dolly was not just a star - although she certainly is still every inch a star - she was and is one of the finest singers and songwriters of the modern era.

This album is being released to coincide with her first full UK tour since the 1970s - see it and see a star bestride the stage. --Guy Hayden

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Classic rags to riches artist, this album contains most of Dolly's best work in mainstream country / crossover county pop. (Her bluegrass albums are really something else, and well worth the effort, by the way). Great collaborations with Willie Nelson (on "Everything Is Beautiful", the old Ray Stevens hit), Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris ("To Know Him Is To Love Him", and a veritable starfest with Billy Ray Cyrus, Tanya Tucker (original country bad girl), Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea and Pam Tillis ("Romeo"). As her slot at Glastonbury this year proved, she's got quality by the bucket load, and any fan of quality music should enjoy this a lot. too many tracks to pick a real standout, but my personal favourite is "Here You Come Again". Relax and listen to a true original.
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I have just recently bought this cd for my little 12 yrs. old neice, who has just of late become enamoured with the voice of Dolly Parton, due to her hearing the song Jolene. I let her listen to one of my "Dolly" cds and she came back with a list of her favourite "Dolly" songs, so I sent away for this cd as it had every one of the songs on her list, and we have all been subjected to listening to this cd ever since. In fact she has entered into a talent contest at school and she will be singing "My coat of many colours" as her song of choice. So this cd was perfect for my little neice, and she is really over the moon with this cd. I bought this copy for her in a used format, in VG to excellent condition from Zoverstocks, a seller that I use a lot on Amazon, and for two pounds this cd is in wonderful condition. So I can recommend this cd to one and all as a very worthwhile purchase indeed as all of Dolly's best known hits are on it. Yours, Mrs. M Walsh. "Maw".
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By david on 17 Dec. 2012
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Just a really good album good quality and all the songs sound clean clear and crisp aswell as good value
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This is not my normal taste in music but there's something about her voice and her songs that I just love. I'd promised myself one of her CDs for ages. Her interpretation is frankly highly sentimental but perhaps that's part of the charm. Dolly allows us a few moments of sheer sentimentality to indulge in and there's nothing wrong with that. She really does have a lovely voice, I don't think anyone can deny that, and the songs are easy to listen to and tuneful and they take me back to my youth and some nebulous memories. Enjoying this can be my guilty secret for occasional indulgence.
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Arrived promptly Dolly Parton what can you say some people are born naturally gifted and blessed in life what a voice,
would highly rate seller
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2008
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These are the greatest hits of Dolly, which together with those on The Very Best volume 2 represent her most commercially successful songs. It includes catchy pop like Love's Like A Butterfly and 9 to 5 from the movie of the same name, flowing ballads like the duet with Kenny Rogers, traditional country ballads like My Tennessee Mountain Home and Silver Threads And Golden Needles with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, exquisite vocal pop like To Know Him Is To love Him with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, the moving autobiographical story song Coat of Many Colors and passionate country numbers like Jolene and Baby I'm Burning. This is an excellent introduction to the music of one of the most delightful of all female country singers but for longtime fans, the real gems are found on albums like Coat Of Many Colors, The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton - 20 greatest Hits, and on Little Sparrow and The Grass is Blue.
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I am not a fan of Dolly Parton's music, I just don't like her childlike voice or style, but I bought this 'Very Best Of' as a present for somebody, and they are very pleased.

Apart from her most famous recordings, I'm no expert on her music, but this 20 track album does seem like the most definitive collection it can be for a single disc. The country music oldies like 'Jolene', 'Coat of Many Colors' (which has a lovely and important message), 'I Will Always Love You', as well as her more pop flavoured hits like '9 to 5', 'Romeo' (with Billy Ray Cyrus on guest vocals) and Here You Come Again'. The famous 'Islands in the Stream' duet with Kenny Rogers, as well as songs with Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn, and Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris are also included.

So if you're looking for one Dolly Parton album that has most of the essentials, I'd say 'The Very Best Of' is sound. There is little in the way of liner notes and pictures, but it's the music that matters. Although I'm not a fan, I respect her longevity in the business and talent as a songwriter. It has to be said, she has written most of her hits, and that says something.
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Some great numbers on here but sound is a bit "gritty". I suppose when the "digitalised" version comes out it should improve.
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