Dolly Parton, Country Music [Time Life] (1981)
I reckon I was unfairly put off Dolly Parton growing up in Hawke’s Bay in the 1980s. Back then (and there) you could tell a country music fan by the way they smiled – you only needed the fingers on one hand to count the teeth. (Possibly you’d lost the fingers on the other hand from going around counting the teeth of potential country music fans?)And so Dolly being one of the big names was written off in our house. At some point, on my own, I realised what an incredible writer, singer and song stylist Dolly was/is. And so I started collecting up some of her material – all on CD. The best of the material across the last 15 years is superb and some of the early stuff of course. This, so far, is the only (LP) record I own. Bought for $1 from TradeMe. It’s got Jolene on it. But you know what, and that’s a great song and all – please: a moratorium on angsty/whiny blues/rock-duo covers of that song – but everything else on this cheap TV-advertised comp is a lot better. True story.
Sample Track: Mule Skinner Blues
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