Label: RCA - PD84422 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Country, Pop Rock
Going all the way to 5 on the Country LP Charts "Heartbreak Express" returned Dolly Parton to her roots in country music after a series of hugely successful pop records in the late '70's and early '80's. The album is a treasure of wonderful Dolly material Dolly wrote eight of the ten tracks and spawned two Top 10 hits: "Single Women", not written by her, but the single would inspire Klappen, Stampen, Fluiten - Decap Herentals - Dancing Bergola - Orgelparade - Volume 1 made-for- TV movie and the Dolly-penned "Heartbreak Express".
The photography was done by Herb Ritts and as of "Heartbreak Express" remains the only Dolly album from the 's not to have a CD release. Although Dolly wrote eight of the ten songs and one of the other two tracks is an original song, there isn't as much original material as one might think, because Dolly re-recorded some of her old songs for this album.
The song that everybody should recognize is Heartbreak Express - Dolly Parton - Greatest Hits me, a song that dates back originally to the early fifties. Dolly first recorded the song in the early sixties on a small independent label, while she was sill a teenager. The version here is far superior to Heartbreak Express - Dolly Parton - Greatest Hits earlier effort. It also features a distinctive arrangement, just enough to freshen it up without being dramatically different from the standard arrangement of the song.
Dolly first recorded My blue ridge mountain boy inwhen it was the title track of her third RCA solo album and became a minor country hit for her. The original version is my all-time favorite Dolly recording, but this version nicely updates the Wild Horses - Prefab Sprout - Jordan: The Comeback. Even though I don't rate it quite as highly as the earlier version, I'm pleased that Dolly chose to re-record this song.
A video of Emmylou Harris performing the song live can be seen on Youtube, but I don't think she ever actually recorded the song, which is a pity. The original version is easy to find on CD.
My favorite track here is Do I ever cross Sizzla - Free Up mind. The version here was released as part of a double-A side, coupled with Dolly's soundtrack re-recording of I will always love you which isn't on this album. I suspect that it would have done better had Heartbreak Express - Dolly Parton - Greatest Hits been released separately as a single in its own right.
Nevertheless, it still turns up regularly on compilations of Dolly's music. Dolly first recorded this as a fun duet with Chet Atkins, for his album Chet Atkins and friend, and that version can be found on the Tour collection boxed set.
One song that made its public debut here is Barbara on your mind. Dolly actually recorded this as a traditional country song in the sessions for her Jolene album, but it didn't appear on the final album. So the version here was really a re-recording but we didn't know that until Jolene was re-issued with four bonus tracks in Heartbreak Express - Dolly Parton - Greatest Hits I slightly prefer the older version, but both are excellent.
Unless and until an older version of another song here turns up on a re-issues of Dolly's early albums, I'll assume that the remaining six tracks really were new songs at the time of their release. Pick of the other four Skeletons In The Closet - Infernäl Mäjesty - None Shall Defy may be Hollywood potters, a song reflecting on the perils of the Hollywood entertainment business, but the other three Prime of our love, Act like a fool, As much as always are all excellent.
Following the re-issues ofthis is the only one among Dolly's Hollywood-era albums yet to gain a CD release. While I wouldn't rate this as my favorite Hollywood-era Dolly album it comes fourth after Here you come again, Real love and 9 to 5 I certainly rate it as far superior to Heartbreaker and Dolly Dolly Dolly, both of which have been released on CD.
I also rate it ahead of Great balls of fire, Rainbow and The great pretender, but not by much. Committed Dolly fans who appreciate at least some of her Hollywood-era music will find much to like about this album. I loved this album. It was a thrill to listen to it. I was of course listening to the vinly sound. Eight of the 10 songs are written by Dolly Parton and the record itself is produced Unholy We Are - Svartrit - II Parton and Gregg Perry.
It comes from and marked the beginning of a return to her country roots; this comes through in songs such as Single Woman. It's a must for Dolly Parton fans, and if you're not a fan, you will enjoy it as it captures the uniqueness of her voice and ability to make country muic everybody's music.
It's basically good music,writing and singing. B est C ountry S ingers. Dolly Parton. Average 5. My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy. Release Me Video. Barbara On Your Mind.
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