Dolly Parton – In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (1959/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dolly Parton – In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) (1959/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 29:32 minutes | 656 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RCA – Legacy

In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) is the third solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. It was released on February 3, 1969, by RCA Victor.

The album was reissued on cassette in Germany in 1987 and CD in Portugal in 1997. It was released as a digital download on July 26, 2019.

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Dolly Parton – Greatest Hits (1984/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dolly Parton – Greatest Hits (1984/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:32 minutes | 778 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RCA – Legacy

This is a good sampling of Parton’s work in the first few years that she deliberately chased a crossover career in Hollywood. The country-pop stuff might offend purists, but it still gets the toe tappin’. “Hard Candy Christmas” and her updated version of “I Will Always Love You” (both from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) show her growth as an interpreter.

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Dolly Parton – Bubbling Over (1973/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dolly Parton – Bubbling Over (1973/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 24:50 minutes | 514 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | ©  RCA – Legacy

Dolly Parton’s 1973 album “Bubbling Over” is probably one of her better in-studio solo records from her early years with RCA Records, yet very few know much about it. Going only as far as #14 on the Country Billboard Charts, this set did have one hit single, Dolly’s remake of “Travellin’ Man”, a song she originally recorded for her 1971 masterpiece “Coat Of Many Colors”. That single went to #20 on the single’s chart.

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Dolly Parton – Dolly: The Seeker – We Used To (1975/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dolly Parton – Dolly: The Seeker – We Used To (1975/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 28:48 minutes | 580 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Monument – Legacy

It’s difficult to find a country performer who has moved from her country roots to international fame more successfully than Dolly Parton. Her autobiographical single “Coat of Many Colors” shows the poverty of growing up one of 12 children on a rundown farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12 years old, she was appearing on Knoxville television; at 13 she was recording on a small label and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. Her 1967 hit “Dumb Blonde” (which she’s not) caught Porter Wagoner’s ear, and he hired Parton to appear on his television show, where their duet numbers became famous. By the time her “Joshua” reached number one in 1970, Parton’s fame had overshadowed her boss’ and she had struck out on her own, though she still recorded duets with him. During the mid-’70s, she established herself as a country superstar, crossing over into the pop mainstream in the early ’80s, when she smoothed out the rough edges in her music and began singing pop as well as country. In the early ’80s, she also began appearing in movies, most notably the hit 9 to 5. Though her savvy marketing, image manipulation (her big dumb blond stage persona is an act), extracurricular forays into film, and flirtations with country-pop have occasionally overshadowed her music, at her core Parton is a country gal and a tremendously gifted singer/songwriter. Among her classics are “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” “Kentucky Gambler,” “I Will Always Love You,” “But You Know I Love You,” and “Tennessee Homesick Blues,” and they give a hint as to why her contribution to bringing country music to a wide audience, not only in America but throughout the world, cannot be overestimated.

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Dolly Parton – As Long as I Love (1970/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dolly Parton – As Long as I Love (1970/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 30:39 minutes | 658 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Monument – Legacy

Dolly Parton’s years for the Monument label were good ones, resulting in terrific straightforward country numbers, many of them written by her. The uncredited pickers, in particular the pedal steel, keep things really cooking. The arrangement on the opening number, “Why, Why, Why,” makes the listener’s head spin with both the precision of the pedal steel riffs and the clever shuffling of chords from the standard 1-4-5 progression. Even a skeptic will be able to follow Parton into her private realm of despair, always delivered in a beautiful voice promising hope. This might be one of the most enduring country artists and superstars early in her career, but she already has it all together. It is superb country and western, which, combined with the highly praised old-time traditions she would return to later in her career, establishes Parton as a visionary artist in traditional American music. ~ Eugene Chadbourne

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