Dolly Parton - Dolly: The Tour Collection

Respectful souvenir to tie in with UK live shows

Marketing a box set to a
fanbase that’s likely already
shelled out big bucks for
concert tickets can be a dicey
practice. Any straight-forward
greatest hits compendium
would serve only to insultingly
flog punters the same music
twice. Happily, that’s not the
case here.

Four cleverly themed discs
means there’s ultimately no
space for Nine To Five, Here
You Come Again, not even
Jolene. Instead, we have 20
tracks apiece under the
headings Love, Covers, Duets
and Mountain Memories. The
last is the real joy, a refreshing
hoedown highlighting Parton’s
finest bluegrass recordings
(Daddy’s Moonshine Sill, Early
Morning Breeze) so often
overlooked on previous
compilations.

The covers set offers some
surprises, such as Jackie
Wilson’s Higher & Higher and a
heartfelt version of Elvis
Presley’s In The Ghetto, while
the duets disc casts its net wide
enough to include the standard
Baby It’s Cold Outside in
tandem with Rod Stewart. A nononsense
one-disc best of hits
the shops at the same time, but
the shinier trinkets can be found
in this treasure chest.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

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Reviewed by Terry Staunton
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