Ultimate Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

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Ultimate Dolly Parton Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Dolly Parton has had countless collections, including many billed as either "definitive" or "ultimate," which is the billing given BMG Heritage's 2003 release. Running 20 tracks over the course of a single disc, this Ultimate Dolly Parton keeps its focus on the big hits, including a large stretch of hits from the late '70s and early '80s, including "Here You Come Again," "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right," "Heartbreaker," "9 to 5," and "Islands in the Stream." In addition to this, there are a couple of latter-day tracks, her Trio recording of "To Know Him Is to Love Him" and early hits "Joshua," "Coat of Many Colors," "I Will Always Love You," and "Jolene." So, in short, it's her most familiar material on one disc, something that has certainly been done before in her catalog, but it's done particularly well here. As a roundup of her hits, it works very well and it's also a good introduction, although listeners who are interested in her purer country and more ambitious music are advised to pick up Raven's superb Mission Chapel Memories: 1971-1975 instead.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dolly Parton 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
2 Dolly Parton 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
3 Dolly Parton 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
4 Dolly Parton 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
5 Dolly Parton feat: Porter Wagoner 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
6 Dolly Parton 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
7 Dolly Parton 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
8 Dolly Parton 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
9 Dolly Parton 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
10 Dolly Parton 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
11 Dolly Parton 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
12 Dolly Parton 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
13 Dolly Parton 03:58 SpotifyAmazon
14 Dolly Parton 03:25 SpotifyAmazon
15 Dolly Parton 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
16 Dolly Parton 03:19 SpotifyAmazon
17 Dolly Parton 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
18 Dolly Parton feat: Kenny Rogers 04:10 SpotifyAmazon
19 Dolly Parton feat: Emmylou Harris / Linda Ronstadt 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
20 Dolly Parton 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
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