Dolly Parton – Coat Of Many Colors (1971/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 27:28 minutes | 577 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Buddha Records
Dolly Parton had a number of hits in the late ’60s as Porter Wagoner’s duet partner, yet solo success eluded her until her 1971 album Coat of Many Colors. The title track was a Top Ten single, and it effectively became her signature song, largely because it was a sweetly autobiographical tune about her childhood. That song, along with its two hit predecessors, “Traveling Man” and “My Blue Tears,” were evidence that Parton was a strong songwriter, but the full album reveals the true depth of her talents. She wrote seven of the ten songs (Wagoner wrote the other three), none of which is filler. There isn’t really a theme behind Coat of Many Colors, even if its title track suggests otherwise. Instead, it’s a remarkably consistent album, in terms of songwriting and performances, but also remarkably diverse, revealing that Dolly can handle ballads, country-rockers, tearjerkers, and country-pop with equal aplomb. And while it is very short, clocking in at under a half-hour, there isn’t a wasted moment on the album. It’s a lean, trim album that impresses because of succinctness with its ten songs, it announced Parton as a major talent in her own right, not merely a duet partner.
Dolly wrote all the songs here except for three (If I lose my mind, The mystery of the mystery, The tender touch of love) that Porter Wagoner wrote. The title track is, of course, a classic. Perhaps the real surprise is that it only made number four on the American country charts, but music charts (whether country, pop or any other) have never told the whole story. The only other single taken from the album, My blue tears, made the country top twenty.
01. Coat Of Many Colors
02. Traveling Man
03. My Blue Tears
04. If I Lose My Mind
05. The Mystery Of The Mystery
06. She Never Met A Man (She Didn’t Like)
07. Early Morning Breeze
08. The Way I See You
09. Here I Am
10. A Better Place To Live