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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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Dolly Parton – The Collection (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dolly Parton – The Collection (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 05:05:09 minutes | 6,07 GB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy/Sony Music
Recorded: 1966-1980

Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music.

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Dolly Parton – The Great Pretender (1984/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dolly Parton – The Great Pretender (1984/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:31 minutes | 723 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RLG – Legacy

The Great Pretender is Dolly Parton’s 26th solo studioalbum, released in January 1984, and is composed ofcovers of hits from the 1950s and 1960s. The albumwas produced by Val Garay. It made heavy use ofsynthesizers and had a decidedly pop sound. The firstsingle, a remake of The Drifters’ 1960 hit “Save theLast Dance for Me” was a top ten country single forParton in early 1984 and came close to making thepop Top 40 as well. Dolly Parton’s cover of the 1965 Petula Clark hit”Downtown” was the album’s second single. The title song was originally ahit for The Platters in 1956.

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Dolly Parton – Heartbreak Express (1982/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dolly Parton – Heartbreak Express (1982/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:44 minutes | 708 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RLG – Legacy

Heartbreak Express is Dolly Parton’s 24th solo studioalbum. Released in April 1982, the album returnedParton to a more fully realized country sound, afterher late 1970s pop recordings. The album’s firstsingle, “Single Women”, a slow-tempo honkytonkballad about a singles bar, was written by SaturdayNight Live writer Michael O’Donoghue, and hadpreviously appeared in an SNL skit in late 1980. Thesingle provided a top ten single for Parton. The title cut also was a top tenhit for her. “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” appeared as a double-A-sidedsingle, and reached #1 on the country charts in August 1982.

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Dolly Parton – Coat Of Many Colors (1971/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

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.

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Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – Just Between You And Me (1968/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – Just Between You And Me (1968/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 29:28 minutes | 627 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © RLG – Legacy

“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.

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