The Acoustic Collection: 1999-2002

The Acoustic Collection: 1999-2002

by Dolly PartonDolly Parton

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Overview

This is the story of Dolly Parton resurrecting a career that had stalled on two fronts: country radio wasn't playing records by her generation of artists anymore, and the mainstream records she was cutting in the late '80s and early '90s simply weren't very good. A self-described caricature of womanhood, she was becoming what she had once joked about. When her long-time producer Steve Buckingham queried her about cutting a bluegrass record, Parton leaped at the opportunity. Joined by an elite group of super pickers - Sam Bush, Bryan Sutton, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Jim Mills and Barry Bales - Parton wrote some original tunes that were her best efforts in years, then filled out the album with covers ranging from Billy Joel's "Travelin' Prayer" to the Louvin Brothers' "Cash On the Barrelhead" to Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone," and re-arranged the public domain number "Silver Dagger" into one of the most dramatic moments in her entire recording career. Released in 1999, The Grass Is Blue won a Grammy and was also named Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Two years later she assembled the same band minus Sam Bush (who was on tour) but lost nary a step by replacing him with 19-year-old Nickel Creek wunderkind Chris Thile, and released Little Sparrow, another deserved Grammy winner. Cognizant of the great bluegrass artists being catholic in their choice of material, this time she plucked "Shine" from Collective Soul; revisited the Louvins' legacy via "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby"; and tipped her hat to the Great American pop songbook via a swinging treatment of Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You," which kicks off with a sprightly couple of rounds of instrumental give-and-take between Thile (mandolin), Douglas (resophonic guitar) and Duncan (fiddle) before Parton enters with an airy, frolicsome vocal. The arrangements were more expansive and bolder in scope, and she brought in a wealth of guest vocalists, including Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, and Maura O'Connell. For the third installment of her bluegrass trifecta, 2002's Halos & Horns, she crept every so slightly beyond bluegrass stylings to incorporate folk and traditional country elements into her approach, and penned 12 of the album's 14 tracks. In addition to a credible version of Bread's "If," she delivered a ballyhooed treatment of Led Zep's "Stairway to Heaven" (a song upon which she had built one of her earlier hits, "We Used To"), which evolves from a stately, measured folk song with mystical strains to a boisterous, ad-libbed coda featuring a gospel choir in full, emotive splendor. But her own songs - the most personal she had written for any of the three Sugar Hill albums - were rich narratives that inspired her most impassioned performances. As a supplement to these three albums, the box set includes a feature-packed DVD containing both videos and music tracks. The videos include a clip of her moving CMA Awards show performance with Norah Jones on "The Grass Is Blue"; the music offers five new song mixes (three of them instrumentals, plus two new vocal mixes of "Seven Bridges Road" and "Travelin' Prayer") and two outstanding cuts from the Dolly tribute album, Just Because I'm a Woman: Kasey Chambers' woozy, foreboding take on "Little Sparrow" and Sinead O'Connor's shattering evocation of rising fury in the face of ultimate betrayal, "Dagger Through the Heart." Essential background is supplied by Steve Buckingham's notes on the history behind the album projects' conception and execution, buttressed by Stephanie Zacharek's thoughtful critical appraisal of Parton's journey. It's hard to believe there weren't some interesting unreleased tracks from these sessions or that the DVD couldn't have included, say, an in-depth interview with the savvy Parton about her art and her career arc. Nevertheless, this body of work collected in one place makes for one potent box set, and at that, an appropriate tribute to a great artist who challenged herself to dig deep, then climbed all the way back to the top from near-irrelevance.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2006
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891400822
catalogNumber: 4008

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Travelin' Prayer
  2. Cash On the Barrelhead
  3. A Few Old Memories
  4. I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open
  5. Steady As the Rain
  6. I Still Miss Someone
  7. Endless Stream of Tears
  8. Silver Dagger
  9. Train, Train
  10. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
  11. Will He Be Waiting For Me
  12. The Grass is Blue
  13. I Am Ready

Disc 2

  1. Little Sparrow
  2. Shine
  3. I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby
  4. My Blue Tears
  5. Seven Bridges Road
  6. Bluer Pastures
  7. A Tender Lie
  8. I Get a Kick Out of You
  9. Mountain Angel
  10. Marry Me
  11. Down From Dover
  12. The Beautiful Lie
  13. In the Sweet By and By
  14. Little Sparrow Reprise

Disc 3

  1. Halos and Horns
  2. Sugar Hill
  3. Not For Me
  4. Hello God
  5. If
  6. Shattered Image
  7. These Old Bones
  8. What a Heartache
  9. I'm Gone
  10. Raven Dove
  11. Dagger Through the Heart
  12. If Only
  13. John Daniel
  14. Stairway To Heaven

Disc 4

  1. Seven Bridges Road (Vocal Mix)
  2. Travelin' Prayer (Vocal Mix)
  3. Train, Train (Instrumental Mix)
  4. Shine (Instrumental Mix)
  5. I'm Gone (Instrumental Mix)
  6. Little Sparrow
  7. Dagger Through the Heart
  8. Shine
  9. I'm Gone
  10. Dagger Through the Heart
  11. The Grass is Blue

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dolly Parton   Primary Artist,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Vocals,Musical Direction,Guitar (Resonator),Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rhonda Vincent   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Altan   Guest Appearance
Sam Bush   Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Patty Loveless   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kingdom Heirs   Background Vocals
April Stevens   Vocal Harmony
Bob Carlin   Claw Hammer Banjo
Mike Compton   Fiddle
Robert Hale   Acoustic Guitar
Terry Eldredge   Bass,Fiddle,Background Vocals,Bass Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Chip Davis   Drones
Daíthí Sproule   Guitar
Claire Lynch   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Barry Bales   Bass,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Steve Buckingham   Dulcimer,Guitar,Autoharp,Rhythm Guitar
Mark Compton   Mandolin
Ciarán Curran   Bouzouki
Richard Dennison   Vocals,Background Vocals,Drones,Vocal Harmony
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Vicki Hampton   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Byron House   Bass
Carl Jackson   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mark Kelly   Guitar
Keith Little   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle,Viola
Pat McInerney   Percussion
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh   Vocals,Chant
Jim Mills   Banjo
John Mock   Harmonium,Human Whistle
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jennifer O'Brien   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Alan O'Bryant   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Maura O'Connell   Vocals
Sinéad O'Connor   Vocals
Mark Punch   Electric Guitar
David Sutton   Harmonica,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ciarán Tourish   Human Whistle,Low Whistle
Brent Truitt   Mandolin
Steve Turner   Drums,Tambourine,Washboard,Snare Drums
Darrin Vincent   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kent Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Gary D. Davis   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Beth Stevens   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Becky Isaacs Bowman   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sonya Isaacs   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Randy Kohrs   Dobro,Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Weissenborn
Barbara Richardson   Clogs
Mike Snider   Claw Hammer Banjo
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Monty Allen   Drones
Arthur Rice   Background Vocals
Kasey Chambers   Vocals
Rebecca Lynn Howard   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
R. McCormack   Banjo,Mandolin,Guitar (Resonator)
Steve French   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Eric Bennett   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dermot Byrne   Accordion
Glen Hannah   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jeff McCormack   Bass
Dermot Byrne Blues Combo   Accordion
Darrell Webb   Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mark Kelly   Guitar
Kere Buchanan   Drums
Marcia Campbell   Dancer
Bubba Richardson   Dancer
Rod McCormack   Banjo,Mandolin,Guitar (Resonator)
Gary Davis   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Dan Tyminski   Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Jerry Douglas   Author
Sam Bush   Author
Dolly Parton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Barry Bales   Author
Steve Buckingham   Producer,Author,Audio Production
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Richard Dennison   Vocal Supervision
Stuart Duncan   Author
Jim Mills   Author
John Mock   Whistle
Marshall Morgan   Engineer
Proinsias O'Maonaigh   translation
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Toby Seay   Engineer
Ciarán Tourish   Whistle
Danny Joe Brown Band   Engineer
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Dennis Carney   Cover Photo
Bryan Sutton   Author
Nash Chambers   Producer,Audio Production
Barry Etris   Illustrations
Scottie Hoaglan   Engineer
Kimberly Levitan   Art Direction
Stephanie Zacharek   Liner Notes

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The Acoustic Collection: 1999-2002 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I am more of a bluegrass fan than a Dolly devotee but I found this collection at a bargain price. I have reviewed each CD separately in detail on their pages but will give my individual ratings here. I gave The Grass Is Blue 4 stars, Little Sparrow 4 1/2 stars, and 3 1/2 stars to Halos & Horns. I have not checked out the DVD. This is the most economical way to purchase Dolly's bluegrass trio. If you only want one of these CDs, I recommend the Alison Krauss produced Little Sparrow.