May 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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CURIO CORNER

Compilation:
Dolly Parton sings Country  
  RCA Country Legends 07863 65101 2   [47:08]

Dolly Parton

Dear Dolly, a living legend; what a wonderful, big personality; what a talent! "A voluptuous country and western singer", Halliwell describes her. Dolly's irrepressible personality bubbles over in so many of her oft-quoted remarks like: "I enjoy the way I look, but it's a joke"and "I'm on a seafood diet – I see food and I eat it!". As an actress she steals every scene; her films have included: The Best Little Whorehouse in the West, Straight Talk, Rhinestone, Steel Magnolias, and 9 to 5. Yes, 9 to 5's ebullient title song that topped both the pop and country charts in 1980 is included in this compilation.

This album comprises 16 country ballads, many of them comical narratives delivered in Dolly's inimitable high-spirited style, numbers that will surely raise a smile like Mule Skinner Blues, Joshua, Daddy's Moonshine Still (the latter with its down-to-earth, real-life, tragic edge). Jolene ("please don't take my man…") is well known and delivered here with a pleading yet strongly defiant manner. Equally popular is Here you come again a number one single and a Top Five pop hit sung with great gusto. Most are upbeat and swinging but some are more relaxed, more romantic ballads sung by Dolly with such sincerity that they become quite heart-rending like I will always love you, Heartbreaker and Love is like a butterfly (the latter in an attractive young innocent and optimistic manner).

The 8-page booklet gives full details of all of the songs and an informative biography.

A real treat for Dolly Parton, and country lovers. Magical.

Ian Lace

****(*)

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