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Coat Of Many Colors

Dolly Parton

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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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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Coat of Many Colors
00:03:06

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer

(P) 1971 Sony Music Entertainment

2
Traveling Man
00:02:41

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

3
My Blue Tears
00:02:18

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer

Originally Recorded 1971. All rights reserved by BMG Music.

4
If I Lose My Mind
00:02:31

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer - Porter Wagoner, Composer, Lyricist

(P) Originally Recorded Prior to 1972 All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

5
The Mystery Of The Mystery
00:02:27

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer - Porter Wagoner, Composer, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1971. All rights reserved by BMG Music

6
She Never Met A Man (She Didn't Like)
00:02:42

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer

Originally Recorded 1969. All rights reserved by BMG Music

7
Early Morning Breeze
00:02:56

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer

Originally recorded 1971. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

8
The Way I See You
00:02:48

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer

Originally Recorded 1971. All rights reserved by BMG Music

9
Here I Am
00:03:20

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer

Originally Recorded 1971. All rights reserved by BMG Music

10
A Better Place To Live
00:02:39

Dolly Parton, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Bob Ferguson, Producer

Originally Recorded 1969. All rights reserved by BMG Music

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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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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