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Fun pop album,
This review is from: Those Were The Days (Audio CD)
Those Were The Days is an delightful excursion into nostalgia as Dolly Parton covers hits from the 1960s and 70s, often accompanied by the original hitmakers. This is definitely not an album of authentic country music, despite the country instrumentation, but rather a set of pop covers of memorable songs from days gone by.
Mary Hopkin and Porter Wagoner assist on the title track with its pub ambience, whilst on the Dylan anthem Blown' In The Wind, Dolly is accompanied by Nickel Creek. Where Have All The Flowers Gone, with Norah Jones, gets a sensitive interpretation whilst Twelfth Of Never, with Keith Urban, is lilting and soulful.
Me And Bobby McGee, with Kris Kristofferson, is one of my favorites. The arrangement is close to the legendary version by Janis Joplin, especially at the climactic end. In other words, not at all similar to Kristofferson's original or Gordon Lightfoot's cover from 1971. Another stroke of brilliance is Crimson And Clover which sounds great with a simpler treatment, although the original psychedelic version remains a gem.
Other highlights include Turn, Turn, Turn with Roger McGuinn, the duet with Joe Nichols: If I Were A Carpenter with its lovely harmonies, and the robust Both Sides Now, where Judy Collins and Rhonda Vincent contribute their voices for a powerful and uplifting listening experience.
The music is mostly breezy and done in a singalong style, but no less enjoyable for that. It will appeal to fans of feelgood pop music, and not so much to those who prefer solemn or definitive country versions of these legendary songs.