Parton - Those Were The Days
CD Review by Jim
Many Artists do concept albums of their favorite songs, but Dolly Parton takes it a step further , picking twelve of her favorite songs from the sixties and seventies and recording them with special guests and in many cases, the original artist or writer.
This is a very high quality project that was a year in the making, also containing Parton's backup group "The Grascals" and many of the best acoustic/bluegrass musicians around. The album continues in the acoustic/bluegrass style that she has been putting out for the last several years. This could be one of the best projects that Parton has done.
The disc starts out with Parton singing "Those Were The Days" with Mary Hopkin, Porter Wagoner and the Grand Old Opry gang. Nice to give homage to your roots.
"Where Have All the Flowers Gone" (with Norah Jones and Lee Ann Womack), just incredible, some great fiddle playing, great sounding acoustic guitar by Byron Sutton. Parton sounds better than ever.
"Blowin In The Wind" (harmony vocals by Nickel Creek) incredible banjo and acoustic guitars, mandolin by Chris Thile - each song has a pic of the guest artist in the studio in the CD booklet.
"Me And Bobby McGee" (harmony by Kris Kristofferson) incredible acoustic rhythm guitar, Sam Bush on mandolin, nice bass, this stuff has a fun , live vibe to it. Parton really does a nice uptempo version of this song.
"If I Were a Carpenter" - (duet with Joe Nichols) -this song never sounded better, great Dobro and harmony, always loved this song.
"The Cruel War" - (harmony by Mindy Smith, Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski) very, very moving song, sparse instrumental accompaniment.
"Turn, Turn, Turn" (harmony vocal and guitar by Roger Mcguinn) many other background vocalists and some great acoustic accompaniment, great drums and mandolin, Parton nails this.
"Twelfth Of Never" (duet with Keith Urban) upbeat bluegrass style, they sound so good together, great Dobro solo, just awesome.
"Both Sides Now" (harmony vocals by Judy Collins and Rhonda Vincent) upbeat bluegrass version, great fiddle and mandolin, great solos on banjo and Dobro (kinda sends chills up your spine)
Parton has really made a masterpiece that makes a reviewers job easy. The people who show up to help just show how special
Dolly Parton is to the music world. She is making the best music of her life. After writing more than three thousand songs of her own, she
pays homage to twelve of her favorites. I did leave out "Where Do The Children Play" (with Cat Stevens), "Crimson and Clover" (with Tommy James) and "Imagine" with David Foster on piano.
A legend in her own time, easy. Dolly Parton just kicked off her "The Vintage Tour" to promote the CD on August sixteenth running thru December. Honestly, I do not remember ever reviewing a CD with so many big names on it, both singers and musicians. A must have for Parton fans. Street Date 10/11/05
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