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The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton
The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
Genres: Country, Pop
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Before George (Jones) and Tammy (Wynette), before Conway (Twitty) and Loretta (Lynn), there was Porter and Dolly (1967-1974), originally brought together on Porter's laxative-sponsored TV show. With Wagoner's steady barito...  more »


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All Artists: Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton
Title: The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA
Original Release Date: 6/18/1996
Release Date: 6/18/1996
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 078636685823

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Before George (Jones) and Tammy (Wynette), before Conway (Twitty) and Loretta (Lynn), there was Porter and Dolly (1967-1974), originally brought together on Porter's laxative-sponsored TV show. With Wagoner's steady baritone anchoring Parton's gossamer soprano, the two breathed such emotional life into their songs of heated love and marital strife that many of their fans thought the pompadoured Porter and the cantilevered Dolly were husband and wife. While the majority of their duet albums included a dead-baby-gone-to-Jesus special, this compilation happily eschews all religious references except Dolly's gospelish tribute to her grandfather, "Daddy Was an Old-Time Preacher Man." What satisfies most is the carefully constructed harmonies, the two voices sliding in and out of prominence, then launching into a thrilling mix and breaking and gliding again. When they hit their stride on "Holding on to Nothin'," the most dramatic and cathartic performance here, they take a back seat to no other duet team in history. -Alanna Nash

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An unamtched duo | Seattle, WA USA | 06/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In August of 1999, TNN will present Dolly Parton and Vince Gill paying tribute to Porter Wagoner. In spite of Dolly's tumultuous relationship with Porter, these two created a snappy, in sync sound that would in many ways foreshadow modern country. One of my favorite songs on the album is "Better Move It On Home," a song in which Dolly and Porter create an image of the modern couple that resonated with working class families to the point that many who watched THE PORTER WAGONER SHOW thought that they were married.Dolly would eventually write "I Will Always Love You," to explain her feelings to Porter once she left the show.This is a thoroughly enjoyable compilation!"
Porter and Dolly had what something special | Louisville, kY USA | 04/01/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton had a special combination that can't be matched! While listening to these wonderful songs you remeber the days of country music that was all about the song! Today's country tries to be a fashion show while older country songs tell stories! Porter and Dolly tell many beautiful stories through thsi compilation! Only make you long more for a reunion album!!!! END"
More of Their Greatest HIts than--Their "Greatest Hits"!!
Mcgivern Owen L | NY, NY USA | 02/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)


Porter Wagoner, from West Plains, MO and Dolly Parton, from Sevierville, TN had 20 Billboard duet hits from 1967 to 1980. This CD comprises ALL of those songs. Porter and Dolly were NOT husband and wife. (Combined the two produced 154 (!) chart hits from 1954-1995). The tracks follow in almost the exact sequence of their release. Favorites are always subjective but this reviewer especially liked "If Teardrops Were Pennies", "Is Forever Loner Than Always", "Making Plans" and a wailing "If You Go, I'll Follow You". Those last two were released in late 1980 and were their final duets. This reviewer has an especially warm place in his heart for "We'll Get Ahead Someday". He first heard it in 1970 in an Army barracks in Cam Ranh Bay while listening to AFVN ("from the Delta to the DMZ"). One wonders how many city boys received their introduction to country music by getting shipped to Vietnam! This reviewer could have done without the upbeat tracks of "Better Move It On Home" and "We Found It", but 18 of 20 solid tracks are a high percentage indeed! The only truly negative element is the informational jacket. Set in bizarrely hard to read overlaid typeface it assaults the eye. Whatever useful information contained therein is lost. Those negative points are mere nitpicking and do not merit deducting a star from the rating above. Many country fans would agree that there is something special about male- female duets. Dolly and Porter lasted far longer and produced more hits than icons Tammy/ George or Loretta/ Conway. A final word: The "Essential" series almost always satisfies. These albums can be relied upon to give us well-produced compilations of the best music from our Country heroes and the good old days, long gone. This reviewer has purchased several "Essentials" and has rarely been disappointed. My amazon friends should not be deterred that the CD is only available via a 3rd party purchase. This listener has always been satisfied with how amazon handles such "used" transactions. My CD arrived factory fresh, in perfect condition. There is no reason not to hit that "add to shopping cart" button-right now!