Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton – Just Between You and Me (1968/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 29:28 minutes | 627 MB | Genre: Country
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“Just Between You and Me” is Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton’s first duet album, released in January 1968, shortly after Parton joined Wagoner’s band and became a regular on his weekly television show. The album’s single was a cover of Tom Paxton’s “The Last Thing on My Mind”; the album and the single reached the top ten on the country albums and singles charts, respectively. The title song, written by Jack Clement, had been a top-ten hit for Charley Pride earlier in 1967. Parton originally wrote “Put it Off Until Tomorrow” for artist Bill Phillips.
Dolly Parton has become such a global brand, with such an iconic back story and archive of monster hit songs, it often seems as though she went straight from the poverty of her Appalachian homestead to the limelit glory of arenas in one tidy arc.
But there’s a crucial stage in her career that’s simultaneously well known and overlooked – the 13 years she spent working with Porter Wagoner on television, on the stage and in the recording studio. This time allowed Parton to develop her persona, improve her stagecraft and understand what made a song popular. Dolly and Porter achieved an enormous output, cutting 13 albums in as many years. They fell into some predictable formats – the spoken recitation, usually showcasing Wagoner’s rich baritone (eg Jennie’s Afraid Of The Dark) but sometimes allowing Parton a say; the laughter-inflected repartee song (Run That By Me One More Time) – but showcased loads of prime material from top-notch songwriters; not just country, but folk and soul too.
When Porter and Dolly began recording in 1967, Porter was the bigger star and Dolly watched his TV show every week as a fan. By the time of their last duets in 1976, Dolly was one of the biggest stars that country music had ever seen, and Porter’s biggest hits were his duets with Dolly. Their work was sometimes playful, sometimes romantic, sometimes tortured, and sometimes unbearably sad, much like their personal and professional relationship.
1-01. Dolly Parton – Because One of Us Was Wrong (02:06)
1-02. Porter Wagoner – The Last Thing on My Mind (02:36)
1-03. Dolly Parton – Love Is Worth Living (02:40)
1-04. Porter Wagoner – Just Between You and Me (02:20)
1-05. Dolly Parton – Mommie, Ain’t That Daddy (03:13)
1-06. Porter Wagoner – Four O Thirty Three (02:47)
1-07. Porter Wagoner – Sorrow’s Tearing Down the House (That Happiness Once Built) (02:25)
1-08. Porter Wagoner – This Time Has Gotta Be Our Last Time (02:29)
1-09. Porter Wagoner – Before I Met You (01:54)
1-10. Porter Wagoner – Home Is Where the Hurt Is (02:14)
1-11. Dolly Parton – Two Sides to Every Story (02:20)
1-12. Dolly Parton – Put It Off Until Tomorrow (02:19)