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The Essential Dolly Parton (Rm) (2CD) Best of, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 28 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0009S2THU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Dumb Blonde
2. Just Because I'm A Woman
3. My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
4. Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No.8)
5. Joshua
6. Coat Of Many Colors
7. Touch Your Woman
8. My Tennessee Mountain Home
9. Jolene
10. Please Don't Stop Loving Me
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Here You Come Again
2. Two Doors Down
3. Heartbreaker
4. I Really Got The Feeling
5. You're The Only One
6. Starting Over Again
7. Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You
8. 9 To 5
9. But You Know I Love You
10. Single Women
See all 19 tracks on this disc

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37 digitally remastered classics on 2 discs, including a remarkable 19 #1 smash hits (Dolly has more charted singles than any other female in the history of country music)! Hear 9 to 5; Islands in the Stream (with Kenny Rogers); Jolene; Dumb Blonde; Please Don't Stop Loving Me (with Porter Wagoner); Coat of Many Colors; Mule Skinner Blues; Joshua; Shine , and much more!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By turbo on Jan. 23 2013
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what a wonderful voice!

great to listen to at home or in the car.

I'm going to buy some more.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Better Than Average Parton Compilation But Still Deeply Problematic July 9 2005
By Avid Runner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For reasons of cluelessness, that I have long since quit trying to figure out, RCA and BMG have spend the past 15 years or so constantly taking the same handful of Dolly Parton songs and put them on compilation after compilation while they continue to allow many, many of her songs and albums, particularly those from her pre-pop country phase (from circa 1977 back) languish in their vaults gathering dust and never ever even issued once on CD. Do a song search on Amazon for "Here You Come Again," "9 to 5," "Two Doors Down," "I Will Always Love You," "Old Flames," and "Islands in the Stream" and you'll find that there are already dozens of CD compilations that have these songs. Then do a search for "My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy," "Just Because I'm a Woman," or "Down From Dover" and you'll find far, far fewer and for that later song you will find that only a new version, which she recorded for her "Little Sparrow" album remains in print.

OK. So this 2- disc compilation goes a little ways to correct some of that. Unlike most other compilations it does acknowledge that there was more to Dolly Parton before her mid to late 70's pop sellout than "Coat of Many Colors" and "Jolene" both marvelous songs (and in the case of CoMC magnificent) which are usually to two songs tossed on all the pop compilations that are supposed to make up for the absence of any comprehensive collection of Parton's most artistically compelling period, this one gives a decent, if far from complete, overview of it. Nevertheless, this compilation remains problematic.

For starters, rather than giving us a two disc set of songs that have generally been ignored in the CD era, it uses the second disc to, once again give us songs that have been released over and over and over again. Face it. Does anyone who really wants to have "Here You Come Again," "I Will Always Love You," or "9 to 5" on CD STILL not have it? And since a large number of people who have an interest in Parton's more traditional country period have little to no interest in her pop sellout phase why bundle these discs together and slap a twenty dollar plus list price on it meaning that we have to choose either between paying a premium cost for a single disc (since disc two will go unplayed) or (the more likely option) forgoing buying this altogether? And all of this doesn't get into the fact that the less satisfying pop stuff begins to creep in on disc one.

BMG & RCA: WAKE UP!!!! You have a treasure trove of material by this woman collecting dust in your vaults. Can't SOMEBODY give the American market a first rate collection of Dolly Parton's pre pop career? An Australian label released one a few years ago called "Mission Chapel Memories." What do they Aussies know that you all don't?

Given nothing but the song selection here, this compilation would warrant three to maybe three and a half stars (the second disc dragging down the overall rating) but given the overall problems I have to drag it down to two which alone resists strong temptation to vent my frustrations at BMG & RCA with a one star rating.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This is a good highlight of her RCA years, but.... July 27 2005
By James Fenos - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Being released on the newly formed Legacy/BMG merged label, one would think Legacy would try to feature more songs from their vaults and tracks recorded from her brief stint with UMG. While the mastering of this cd with her over compiled recordings from RCA sound the best ever, I really feel Legacy missed out on a golden opportunity. While "Shine" closes out this set, the bluegrass album that preceeded it, "The Grass Is Blue," isn't represented at all, as isn't "Halos and Horns." Dolly's one off album with MCA/Decca "Hungry Again" could have be represented by "Paradise Road," and "Treasures" could have been represented by it's huge hit "Peace Train," which was subject to a number of remixes for club consumption. The Sony label could have been better highlighted with hits like "Romeo" and the gospel anthem "He's Alive." I think now we must move past compilations and focus on re-issues. A lot of Dolly's albums, there are a lot of them, have been langushing in the vaults for years; dust 'em off already.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Solid Overview of a Brilliant Career July 3 2005
By Steve Vrana - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There are literally dozens of compilations to sift through when it comes to one of country music's most prolific artists, but THE ESSENTIAL DOLLY PARTON is hands down the most thorough. Of course, you're not going to get every hit from a nearly 40-year career, but this 37-song collection touches on most of the highlights.

Beginning with the 1967 hit "Dumb Blonde" from her major label debut HELLO, I'M DOLLY and ending with "Shine" from 2001's bluegrass roots album LITTLE SPARROW, this is a chronological look at one of country music's most gifted artists. In addition to early classics like "Jolene" and "Coat of Many Colors," there are the crossover hits like "Here You Come Again" and "9 to 5." In addition there are duets with her late-sixties partner Porter Wagoner ("Please Don't Stop Loving Me") and Kenny Rogers ("Islands in the Stream"), along with her work with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt ("To Know Him Is To Love Him"). It's also worth noting that Parton wrote more than half of these songs, including her original rendition of "I Will Always Love You"--which, frankly, I prefer to Whitney Houston's over-the-top version.

If you're looking for a solid introduction to Parton's entire career, look no further. THE ESSENTIAL is exactly what you've been waiting for. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A good retrospective, but the Columbia years are underrepresented July 6 2008
By Razor X - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In the mid-90s, RCA finally began treating the back catalogs of its legendary artist with respect, with their Essential series, which included two volumes focusing on Dolly Parton's work during her 19-year stint with the label.

This new two-disc Essential collection from Sony BMG replaces the earlier RCA volumes. When RCA's parent company BMG merged with Sony, and the bulk of Dolly's catalog was controlled by one company, many fans, myself included, were excited at the prospect of finally getting an anthology that included hits from her Monument days through her 1987-1995 association with Columbia Records. It was inevitable that the RCA material would dominate, given Parton's long association with that label (1967-1986); however it is disappointing that her Columbia work remains under-anthologized. Only two of her Columbia hits - 1989's "Why'd You Come In Here Looking Like That" and her 1991 duet with Ricky Van Shelton, "Rockin' Years" are represented here. At the very least, "Yellow Roses", "He's Alive", "Eagle When She Flies", and "Silver And Gold", deserved inclusion in this collection. Instead, we get a single track from the Trio albums -- "To Know Him Is To Love Him" with Emmylou Harris on lead vocals, and a duet with Porter Wagoner, "Please Don't Stop Loving Me", which, though excellent, probably should have been excluded in favor of some of Dolly's solo work.

On the bright side, this collection does include a pair of brilliant early tracks that failed to catch on commercially at the time. It's nice to see that "My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy" and "Dumb Blonde", her first (modest) hit for Monument Records, each earned a slot here. I'd have preferred more selections from these early years, instead of some of the later crossover hits which are widely available on other collections, but at least this was a step in the right direction.

The remaining tracks on this collection, are by and large, a rehash of the earlier RCA Essential volumes. It's impossible to do justice to such a long and successful career as Dolly Parton's with a two-disc set. It's also impossible to please everyone - I'd have made some different choices if I were the one compiling this collection - but overall, it is a good introduction to Dolly's work and the best retrospective of her career currently available, despite its shortcomings.

Diehard Parton fans might consider purchasing "The Tour Collection", a 4 CD boxed set recently released by Sony BMG in the UK that contains a handful of Dolly's hits, along with a generous sampling of rare tracks, several of which are making their first appearance on CD. There is some duplication with the Essential discs, but the two collections combined will provide a comprehensive look at this amazing singer-songwriter's entire career.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Almost as good as can be expected of a double CD July 14 2005
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on
Format: Audio CD
You may remember a previous compilation, Ultimate Dolly Parton, that was released a couple of years ago. The standard American version was a single CD containing 20 tracks. The UK version had those tracks plus a bonus re-mix of Early morning breeze. There was also a double-CD version that contained 36 tracks, available by mail order only from one outlet in the USA, which did not allow orders from outside the USA. However, this version was released as standard in Germany so anybody who wanted it could buy the German version if they couldn't buy (or didn't know about) the mail order version - it is available from several Amazon sites. This new compilation is a re-packaging and re-issue of that double-CD with one extra track added - Shine. Therefore, if you've already got the 36-track version of Ultimate Dolly Parton, you don't need this - you can buy Shine elsewhere. The remainder of this review is for those who haven't got the 36-track double CD.

To anybody who already owns a compilation of Dolly's music for RCA, the track listing here has a familiar look to it with few exceptions. The exceptions are Please don't stop loving me, a sensational duet with Porter Wagoner not normally included on Dolly's solo compilations, To know him is to love him, from the first Trio album, and Why'd you come in here looking like that, from Dolly's period with Columbia.

The other tracks here include many Dolly classics, notably Jolene (her only UK top ten solo hit), Islands in the stream (a duet with Kenny Rogers that became a USA number one pop hit and UK top ten hit), Here you come again (a USA top three pop hit), Coat of many colors (Dolly's autobiographical signature song), Bargain store (which some radio stations thought too risqué), 9 to 5 (a USA number one pop hit), It's all wrong but it's all right (much more risqué than Bargain store), My Tennessee mountain home (a look at the good times in her childhood), Love is like a butterfly (one of Dolly's finest romantic songs), The seeker (another great romantic song though this one can also be interpreted as a gospel song), Mule skinner blues (a cover of a Jimmie Rodgers song that provided Dolly with her first major American country hit - it made the top three), Joshua (her first number one country hit) and Dumb blonde (her first country hit of any size - it made the top thirty).

Even 37 tracks can't include everything though I will admit to being particularly disappointed at the omission of Yellow roses, a number one country hit and one of my favorite Dolly songs. Other omissions include Real love (a duet with Kenny Rogers), Applejack, Baby I'm burning, Think about love and Do I ever cross your mind.

If you only want one collection of Dolly's music covering both her traditional country and her pop-country music, make it this one. Even if you want to build a collection, this is a great way to start.