Dolly Box set, CD, Import
Dolly Parton Has Few Peers, And No One In Music Will Deny Her Powers As A Singer, A Storyteller And A Pop Star. From Her First National Hit In 1967, The Ironically Titled 'Dumb Blonde' (Nobody With A Lick Of Sense Ever Accused Dolly Of That!) And The Legendary '70s Duets With Porter Wagoner, From Her First Number One Single ('Joshua') In 1970 To Her 26th Number One In 1991 ('Rockin' Years,' A Duet With Ricky Shelton) And All Train Stops In Between, Dolly Has It All. 'To Know Him Is To Love Him' From The Fertile Three-Way Collaboration With Linda Ronstadt And Emmylou Harris, The Amazing Crossover Pop Smashes, Including The Heartfelt Duet With Kenny Rogers 'Islands In The Stream,' As Well As Revered Juke Box Staples '9 To 5' And 'Here You Come Again,' This 99 Track/4 CD Treasure Trove Covers All The Bases. You May Never Have To Leave Home Again, But If You Do, Be Sure To Take Dolly Along For The Ride. First-Ever Multi-Label, Career-Spanning Box Set For Dolly! 4 Cds, Over 100 Songs Includes Her Biggest Hits, Rarities, And Duets From Monument, Rca Victor, And Columbia + Seven Previously Unreleased Songs Introduction Written By Singer-Songwriter Laura Cantrell, And New Liner Notes Written By Noted Dolly Parton Historian Holly George-Warren Features Never-Before-Seen Photos And Rare Memorabilia! All The Big Hits, Including Jolene, 9 To 5, Coat Of Many Colors, Joshua, I Will Always Love You. Rarities And Previously Unreleased Tracks.
Featuring an informative sixty page booklet on Miss Parton with rare pictures never seen before, the crowning jewel are seven tracks never released from Dolly's various record labels. The newly released songs are "Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can) which is one of the first songs Dolly ever recorded back in the 1950's; "Nobody But You" recorded when Dolly was 16 years old on Mercury Records; "I've Known You All My Life" from Dolly's Monument period; "Everything's Beautiful (In It's Own Way) that was originally recorded for "The Fairest of Them All" album in 1969; "God's Coloring Book" recorded during the "Coat of Many Colors" 1971 sessions; and finally "Eugene Oregon" and "What Will Baby Be" from 1972's "My Tennessee Mountain Home" album recordings. Out of these seven wonderful tracks four are really standouts; "Gonna Hurry" is true Dolly and she proves even at 10 years of age not only would she be a huge country music star, but a pop superstar. Her voice is pure, strong, original and unmistakingly Dolly. "Everything's Beautiful" is a song Dolly wrote before she came to Nashville and it is truely one of the most beautiful songs she has ever written. It was the song Dolly sang to Porter Wagoner the very day he called her to his office in 1967 to hire her as his "girl singer" on his TV and road show. "God's Coloring Book", that was later recorded for Dolly's 1977 "Here You Come Again" album, is far superior than the remake. You can hear a lot of the "Coat of Many Colors" sound and Dolly's vocal is impeccable and crystle pure. Lastly, "Eugene Oregon" has a neat tempo and is similar in vocal style to the rest of her "My Tennessee Mountain Home" recordings.
Another great part about this box set are the hardly heard singles and B-Sides that have rarely been released on CD over the years, most notably "Puppy Love", "It's Sure Gonna Hurt" and its B-Side "The Love You Gave", and the beautiful "Put It Off Until Tomorrow", which is actually a Bill Phillip's recording, but features Dolly doing background vocals uncredited. This particular recording is one of the most important Dolly recordings ever as it would persuade Dolly's then record label Monument, at Dolly's insistence, to record her country. Porter Wagoner would eventually discover her from her country oriented recordings on Monument and the rest is history.
All of Dolly's huge hits are available here including "9 to 5", "I Will Always love You", "Jolene", "Joshua", "Heartbreaker", "Islands In The Stream", and many more. 11 Porter/Dolly duet hits are also included.
This set is for the ardent Dolly fan who needs to have this boxset to complete their Dolly collection even if you have all her CD's and albums. This set is also a great place to start your Dolly collection as you will not find a more comprehensive packaging of her material anywhere.
Four CD's with 99 songs and a beautiful career book included. We Dolly fans are finally in Heaven!
This "Dolly" box set sold enough copies to debut on the country album chart at #59.
UPDATE: January 2nd, 2014: In 2014 RCA will be releasing a Complete Box Set of every Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton album the two ever made together...13 duet records in all along with a bonus CD of rare tracks and a collectible booklet written by Dolly biographer Alanna Nash!