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Dolly Parton: Pure & Simple (CD)

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  • Interpret: Dolly Parton

  • Album titlle: Pure & Simple (CD)

  • Label Sony

  • Genre Country

  • Year of publication 2016
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0889853512324

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Parton, Dolly - Pure & Simple (CD) CD 1
01 Pure and Simple
02 Say Forever You'll Be Mine
03 Never Not Love You
04 Kiss It (And Make It All Better)
05 Can't Be That Wrong
06 Outside Your Door
07 Tomorrow Is Forever
08 I'm Sixteen
09 Head Over High Heels
10 Forever Love
Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner Just between you and me Dolly Parton & Porter... more
"Dolly Parton"

Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner

Just between you and me

Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner

Juste entre toi et moi.

Dans le panthéon des grandes équipes masculines et féminines en duo country, trois groupes sont fièrement au centre de la scène : George Jones et Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty et Loretta Lynn, et Porter Wagoner et Dolly Parton, ces derniers se levant en 1967 (devançant leurs rivaux d'environ quatre ans) et durant sept ans et treize albums, certains sortis même après que les deux n'aient plus joué ensemble.

Chacune des paires ci-dessus avait ses propres caractéristiques distinctives. Si George et Tammy communiquaient le drame et la passion, et Conway et Loretta le cul et le plaisir à l'ancienne, Porter et Dolly se concentraient sur un mélange de jeu et de poignancy. Bien que Bob Ferguson, membre du personnel de RCA, figure sur la liste des producteurs (Jerry Bradley s'occupant des overdubs des années plus tard), le crédit de Ferguson n'était qu'une formalité. Porter était le vrai producteur et le cerveau des sessions - Ferguson n'était généralement pas dans le bâtiment - et les duos soulignent l'ampleur de la portée musicale et la grandeur de Porter en tant que producteur.

Dès le début de leur relation professionnelle, Porter et Dolly se sont concentrés sur des choix de chansons intelligentes, enregistrant de la musique qui flirtait en dehors des strictes lignes country (leur premier album, The Last Thing On My Mind, du chanteur folk Tom Paxton, a travaillé une vibe folk-acoustique avec un texte qui faisait référence à un métro grondant sous terre, et leur a valu un succès parmi les dix meilleurs), même s'ils ont toujours été rapides à mélanger dans des chansons non commerciales de tragédies réelles, d'arrangements familiaux, de ferveur gospel, et les ballades gothiques de Dolly, imbibées d'Appalaches, d'enfants malades ou mourants (Afraid Of The Dark de Jeannie, Silver Sandals, Malena, que Porter a mélangé avec une récitation de deuil). Dès la deuxième année d'enregistrement, ils enregistraient du matériel aussi varié que The Dark End Of The Street de Dan Penn, qui a suinté Memphis Soul, et le commentaire social de I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew de Tom T. Hall.

Cependant, ils ont écrit une grande partie de leur matériel eux-mêmes, avec Porter mettant immédiatement en valeur les chansons de Dolly lors des premières sessions. (Sa magnifique ballade déchirante, Put It Off Until Tomorrow, qu'elle a co-écrit avec son oncle Bill Owens et que Bill Phillips avait déjà porté à la sixième place des charts, était au programme de leur troisième jour d'enregistrement à l'automne 1967. Ils savaient instinctivement jusqu'où pousser leur sujet, à quel point ils étaient vulnérables et ce qui fonctionnait bien pour leurs deux voix. Bref, lorsqu'ils se tenaient devant un microphone, ils créaient de la magie.

Là où tant de chanteurs en duo suivent un modèle prévisible, Porter et Dolly ont mélangé les choses. Si Porter se contentait de laisser Dolly s'occuper du plomb, il échangeait souvent des lignes mélodiques de plomb avec elle pour garder le son frais. Puis il l'a soutenue avec harmonie sur le chœur pour donner à la chanson un élan supplémentaire. En tant que chanteur soliste, le baryton baryton sérieux de Porter pourrait s'élever jusqu'à un ténor soutenu de moyenne à basse, puis plonger à ses profondeurs les plus basses, tout comme le soprano gossamer de Dolly pourrait se faire laser sur une mélodie à l'avance pour raconter des histoires, puis sauter à des trilles éthérées et des courbes écumeuses. Mais en tant qu'équipe, leurs harmonies main dans la main, bien ajustées, sont devenues leur marque de fabrique. Les auditeurs l'ont mangé.

Au moment où ils ont terminé les duos dans les années 1970, ils avaient obtenu vingt et une collaborations à succès, dont We'll Get Ahead Someday (1968), Just Someone I Used to Know (1969), Better Move It On Home (1971), The Right Combination (1972), Please Don't Stop Loving Me (1974) et Making Plans (1980).

Avec la sortie de leur premier album,'Just Between You And Me'en 1968, c'est l'étroitesse de leur son qui a impressionné presque tous ceux qui l'ont entendu. Le caractère naturel de leur blend-ce que Dolly appelait "famille" et Porter appelait "harmonie du sang"-était égalé par leur chimie personnelle et les paillettes et paillettes (Dolly l'appelait "gaude") de leurs costumes de scène. Cependant, les costumes en strass de Porter (et Manuel) semblaient à certains, aux gens de la campagne de leur génération, la parure de Porter et Dolly sur scène représentait un acte symbolique de secouer la terre de la ferme de leurs bottes et d'entrer dans le monde moderne. Et sous le flash et la "poubelle" de Dolly, comme elle appelait son regard, battait le cœur d'un savant péquenaud.

"La qualité de leur travail en duo sucre et vinaigre est souvent sous-estimée, a fait remarquer Martha Hume, parce que leur apparence incrustée de rhineston était si spectaculaire. Mais leur succès a fait de "Porter'n' Dolly" une phrase familière."

Les équipes de duo n'étaient rien de nouveau dans la musique country lorsque Porter et Dolly se sont rencontrés pour la première fois au Studio B de RCA du 10 au 12 octobre 1967 pour y déposer douze chansons. Les années 1930 ont produit une pléthore de duos d'harmonie, depuis les actes de Bill et Charlie Monroe et les frères Carlisle (qui se sont séparés par la suite pour poursuivre des carrières séparées), jusqu'au couple marié de Lulu Belle et Scotty Wiseman, qui a enregistré un quart de siècle à la National Barn Dance, l'émission de radio populaire sur le thème de la Danse de la Grange.

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4 Sep 2016

Dolly Parton Still "Rocks"!

Who would have thought! Almost 30 years ago, instead of reviewing Dolly's first album for Columbia titled "RAINBOW" I played Frisbee with it. It didn't matter that I shelled out quite a many Swiss Francs to buy the import, as it was not available yet from the local distributor in Switzerland. That album was simply that bad, Dolly had sold out to mediocrity, I missed songs of meaning and true story-telling. So my propane burner shaped the black vinyl round into a flying disc.

So fast forward to 2016 and I'm glad to say that her latest offering, her 43rd album "PURE & SIMPLE" will make my year end list as one of the best country albums of the year.

No frills, no modern electronica (c)rap fuss; actually the title sums it up: simplicity, no over-production, let the pure songs - everyone of them written by her - speak for themselves and let her vocals shine. Dolly was also at the helm and self-produced "PURE & SIMPLE" with the help of her touring musicians and frequent collaborators Richard Dennison and Tom Rutledge.

The septuagenarian is in fine form, the range is still here and she's still Dolly, sensual and passionate. Married for over 50 years to Carl Dean, a renewal of their vows took place earlier this year, it's only fitting that Dolly releases an album consisting mostly of love songs.


Two of the ten songs are remakes of old Top Ten Country Singles hits Dolly had together with Porter Wagoner "Tomorrow Is Forever" (#9/1970) from "PORTER WAYNE & DOLLY REBECCA" and the title track from her 12th duet album with her early mentor "Say Forever You'll Be Mine" (#5/1975). Latter one is a pure delight, just simply Dolly's voice, a guitar (Rutledge) and a Jimmy Mattingly's fiddle. Other country or roots instrumentation include Mandolin (Mattingly), banjo (Rutledge) and master Paul Franklin on five songs playing wonderful steel guitar.

The opener and title track "Pure & Simple" with its arrangement of mandolin and steel guitar reminds me a bit of the Trio sessions Dolly did together with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt in 1987. (A remastered 3CD set, with unreleased and alternate versions of these and the 1999 sessions will be available September 9.) Funny to hear Dolly Parton in "Never Not Love You" with its subtle banjo picking, sing: I might not be in fashion, might not be all that smart; Might not be that good lookin’, not someone set apart." As she is quoted for a long time, it "takes a lot of money to look that cheap," yes it may, but behind this blonde rags-to-riches Tennessee gal, is a savvy business woman with a huge heart for charities. "Kiss It (And Make It All Better)" is a cool duet with Richard Dennison, as kisses helped heal scratches when we were little kids, they now fix a broken heart.

That's where the album takes a break from love songs and offers two love gone wrong or cheating tunes. "Can't Be That Wrong" references in lyrics only to two old hits, the Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) penned "Torn Between Two Lovers" - a #1-hit for Mary McGregor - and "I Don’t Want To Be Right If Lovin’ You Is Wrong” written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson, a hit for Luther Ingram but recorded by everybody from Bobby Blue Bland to Barbara Mandrell. The songwriting is superb and reflects the old dichotomy between sin or temptation and salvation which was always a central theme in traditional country music writing:
"To Hell with Heaven if it means I’ll lose you, Anything that feels this right can’t be that wrong. It just can’t be."
While in "Outside Your Door" the cheating part is only mentioned in one line "Might not be the right thing to do, But I swear it doesn’t feel wrong" it deals with the same theme, but has an uptempo almost frolic feel to it and the "sinner" is drawn back again and again to his/her lover.



Age is only a number and when you're in love you can feel like a teenager again, observes Dolly in the fun, groovy romp "I'm Sixteen." And Dolly does take us back to the old "golden" but also cliched days with pop culture references to the almost all by now gone movie drive ins and the disappearing Tastee Freez restaurants; as well as with a line out of the Beach Boys 1964 top ten hit "Fun, Fun, Fun" "till the daddy takes the T-Bird away." The young innocence of having a little hump on the backseat of a car or to go skinny-dipping in the mill pond off the town, just adds up to the fun Dolly is spreading in this little tune. "Head Over High Heels" is probably the most "modern" sounding track and a true barnstormer for love. A lot subtler, but to a certain degree kitschy comes with the closer "Forever Love" and its lush strings.

As a summary - I miss some of Dolly's stronger songwriting and storytelling - "Can't Be That Wrong" and "I'm Sixteen" being the exception. Best tracks include the title track, the remake of "Say Forever You'll Be Mine," while "Head Over High Heels" and "I'm Sixteen" should get some wishful airplay on the radio. Basically it's over a half an hour of good to great country music and will not only delight hardcore Dolly Parton fans.

The album is available in several packages, which may make it hard for a true DP fan to decide which version to buy: there is the regular 10 song album, which is available on the all the usual retailer websites (itunes, amazon). Besides the regular CD, Walmart also offers an exclusive package with two extra tracks "Mama" and "Lovin' You" on "PURE & SIMPLE" and a compilation disc containing 10 of her most popular hits. Home-cooking restaurant Cracker Barrel has it's own special release, besides an extensive booklet the CD comes with two of her biggest hits "Jolene" and "9 To 5" recorded live in the UK at the Glastonbury Festival where she performed in front of over 100'000 people two years ago and consequently sold her previous album "BLUE SMOKE" to platinum honors. By the way Cracker Barrel also has a 12 track compilation CD of Dolly's early material with Porter Wagoner.

★★★★/★★★★★ (4/5)
Originally published at http://countrymusicinthenews.blogspot.com/2016/08/ar-pure-simple-dolly-parton-still-rocks.html

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Parton, Dolly - Pure & Simple (CD) CD 1
01 Pure and Simple
02 Say Forever You'll Be Mine
03 Never Not Love You
04 Kiss It (And Make It All Better)
05 Can't Be That Wrong
06 Outside Your Door
07 Tomorrow Is Forever
08 I'm Sixteen
09 Head Over High Heels
10 Forever Love