My album of many plaintive country songs That Dolly made for me Made only from fiddle, bass, steel and vibrato voice But I listened so pleasantly Although they sounded pretty samey I was happy as I could be With my album of many country love songs That Dolly made for me
"And people say she's just a big pair of tits".
As someone who is not a fan of country music, this album was enlightening. I always knew Dolly Parton was something special, but this album reinforced that knowledge. She manages to take what I often times feel is a tired and repetitive genre and produced songs that are poignant, sweet, and funny. An absolutely fantastic album.
I fully admit I didn't know much about Dolly Parton until she became a recent resurgent media darling, but I truly love her attitude and care. It's so clear in what she sings about and how she lives. I hated country when I was young. But the older I get the more I realize I really just dislike a lot of pop country. I'm a sucker for American folk, western, and certain types of country music. This album has a few songs that definitely fit that bill. I think I'd cut it in half and turn it into an EP for regular listening, but very good overall. Great voice, full of emotion, love a heavy bass in the mix.
Exhibit A of old country music is so good, what the hell happened? I've always accepted Dolly as country royalty because of her chart toppers but this album really shows why she earned that crown. "Coat of Many Color," is a heartbreaking song that plays heads to the romping "Traveling Man's" tails. It's impressive that Dolly can write about such a broad range of topics and apparently back then it was impressive that she was writing her own songs at all. It's truly a songwriting showcase. For all the heartbreak and forlorn feelings on this album Dolly leaves you with a sense of joy when then whole thing wraps up. You really get that sunshine feeling from Dolly even on her most hard up songs. Her ability to make the darkness bright, and that deep FUNKY bass on "Early Morning Breeze," is what makes this one a classic.
There was a phase of quarantine that I listened to this album a couple times (more specifically I think it was brought on by a post election playing of "Clear Blue Morning" on repeat). It didn't strike the same fondness for every track on this latest revisiting but there's still some gems on here for sure. You get Dolly's full range of story telling in the first two songs: first you have a heartfelt story of a mother scrapping by for her daughter and in the next a mom's running off with her daughter's lover. What a range. Early Morning Breeze is one I'll certainly return to in the future. And Coat of Many Colors is just a charmer in both lyrics and walking bass line.
Can't deny that voice. Her story is inspirational, and Coat of Many Colors is touching, beautiful, empowering, and telling about society. A very wise song. Obvioulsy a little preachy here and there, but a comforting album that is beautiful, human, and wholesome.
Despite the sickly sweetness of a lot of Dolly's ballads and memoir songs including the title track, this album stretches into all the spaces the genre has to offer. 'Traveling Man' is Nancy Sinatra-style country punk, 'My Blue Tears' has that high lonesome bluegrass style, with harmonies and simple melody, and 'If I Lose My Mind' is classic Nashville country. It sort of tapers off toward the end in my opinion, but the first half is top-notch and as a piece it holds up very well.
Upbeat in its songwriting, unassuming in its lyrics, and almost musically elementary - 'Coat Of Many Colors' (album) embodies traditional country simplicity, with welcome augments by Dolly Parton. Familiar ingredients with the likes of Bob Dylan, Parton employs storytelling-style lyricism that provide a 'sweet' quality to the record, of youth and child-likeness. Easily received but not necessarily provoking, a satisfactory record delivered nonetheless in the form of her personal life's narrative.
The title track and Travelling Man are exceptional. Unsurprisingly, none of the tracks that follow match them. But they're all still good, pulchritudinous in a way that only someone with a voice and picking style this powerful can get away with. She virtually never belts. Doesn't have to. You can hear what she's capable of even in her faintest tremble. In a way, her vocal restraint is as gentle as her stories of Christian modesty. After all, towering above her audience and yodelling about the beauty of nature and her pauper's coat wouldn't sit quite right.
Really solid album with great stories told throughout
Clear and beautiful as a bell
A masterclass in songwriting, arrangement, and production. Dolly Parton expresses a naiveté that is endearing and allows her to inhabit an almost childlike space of wonder and unrequited love. The musicianship on this album is tight. For me, the bass really shines in an album that is a joy to listen to from start to finish.
The ultimate in feel-good music. While listening to Coat of Many Colors, Early Morning Breeze, and Travelling Man, I found myself smiling for no apparent reason apart from the joy in Parton's voice. Music therapy for sure.
A voice to die for.
This was the first album in a while I really enjoyed! Dolly Parton is great!
Imagine not thinking that Dolly Parton is one of America's finest songwriters
Dolly. Love her in so many ways. I hadn't heard most of these songs, and they are very much Dolly, which is a high compliment. At a time when women songwriters and performers had it so tough, she pushed hard. This was genuinely enjoyable to listen to this morning.
Just a masterpiece country album with beautiful production, especially with the vocals and chorus harmonies. Great run time and each song flows beautifully into the next.
I listened to this three times. Always happy to listen to Dolly's voice! I found it funny that 'traveling man' followed 'coat of many colors' and definitely believe Dolly was behind that decision. I particularly loved 'here I am.'
A new one on me and loved it. Has proper country music titles like She Never Met A Man (She Didn't Like). Favourite track was Travellin' Man. Really uplifting album.
I listened all the way through, and I didn't feel bored once. That's the gold standard.
Amazing. Surprisingly moving
I'm not sure if this album really deserves the 5 stars. It's not really original, nor is the musicianship particularly outstanding in terms of songwriting. But Dolly Parton just is and always was a treasure to warm the heart. It feels like a sweet, pure and simple pleasure listening to her music and that's enough for me to round up my rating from 4.5 Now I'm going to listen to some more of her stuff.
Shocked at how much I liked this
Great album. Good old country music fronted by a classic voice.
This album further supports my ongoing opinion that some of the best songs ever written in western music, across all genres, can be plucked from the first tracks of albums. The album's title track is brilliant - enough to bring a grown man to tears with its gorgeous vocal harmonies, heartfelt storytelling, and beautiful message. Fortunately, the album has plenty more to offer. I haven't listened to much of Dolly Parton but there's just so much to love here. She's an incredible vocalist and songwriter, and there's not a single song on here that isn't worth a listen (or several). 'Travellin' Man', 'My Blue Tears', 'Here I Am' are a few other highlights in my opinion.
Rafraichissant, un bon album Country d'une merveilleuse chanteuse. J'adore et j'ai trouvé que c'était pas assez long 27 min. Un 5/5 bien mérité
A less than bombastic great album, Coat Of Many Colors just has next to nothing to dislike. Dolly's voice is familiar, of course; I was impressed by the quality of the backing musical material, and the ground covered. In less than half an hour, pretty amazing.
Very good. Very Dolly.
nice to hear dolly in what i take to be her prime - she's still going strong, but 'merican culture in 1970 was primed and ready for her music. it's not really my thing, but she does sing like a bird
4.2 + love that storytelling classic country music. Dolly Parton is an amazing songwriter and this is one of her best.
Love some Dolly, not the best of her album but solid all around. 3.5 but rounding up
country tunes, catchy, not one for heavy rotation but nice enough
Love me some Dolly!!
Was pleasantly surprised. This is a tight, concise, tuneful album. I wasn’t expecting it to be so accessible and so ‘pop’ based on the preconceived notion in my head of what I assume country music sounds like. This is really good stuff.
Can’t hate on Dolly. She’s a treasure even if her music isn’t my taste.
she captures a cuteness with this album that i don't think i've heard anywhere else.
Great album. Tapped my foot all the way through. I don't listen to this genre but enjoyed.
First experience with any Dolly Parton. Good stylistic range. Big fan of the song where she calls her neighbor a ho (euphemistically ofc)
Absolutely beautiful stories and songs. I don’t go out of my way for country music but Dolly really does a great job with this one. The production is clean and clear, and her message gets across the whole album.
Traveling man 👌
New to me. Has a very old school / country feel to it. Starts off slow but kicks it up a notch with the second song. Very wholesome lyrics. Rather short record with "only" 27 Minutes.
A great album. I've heard Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, and a couple other songs from Dolly, but never a whole record. This was beautiful and enjoyable and felt like it should have been longer.
A living saint and a great album.
Dolly is such a timeless storyteller. Most of her music isn't really for me, but it's still really good music.
Chill out country, like it. Probably won't be going and listening to Dolly's back catalogue. Glad to give her this revenue for the vax though. Cheers Dolly
I listened to this album like it was one consistent track album. I didn't see the time fly. Very good lyrics, melodies and vocal.
Not a big country fan, but there is something about this which is somehow joyous. It just sounds like someone who is happy, which makes it difficult not to like. 3.5/5.
She's a national treasure. I'm not a country fan by any stretch of the imagination but I love Dolly.
This was a great listen! I'm not massively into country, and only really familiar with Dolly Parton's inescapable mega hits, so it was great to hear something from her I wasn't already passively sick of. Fave track - toss up between "Traveling Man", "The Mystery of the Mystery", or "Early Morning Breeze"
Traveling Man is a bop, everything I like about real country music. A few songs are too Bible-y for me, but overall, really solid album.
viraj gut 4/5 fav trackz: early morning breeze traveling man -------------------------stay cool 8 - )
Ms. Parton is a legend. 'nuf said.
Great easy listening, hard to find something not like about this, country at its most enjoyable
Coming back to Dolly, I feel less judgemental of sentimentality! I love "Coat of Many Colours" and "The Way I See You." The lyrics of "If I lose My Mind" makes you sit up and listen, particularly considering this was released in 1971.
I only really knew 9-5 and Jolene Dolly so this was great to hear! Kind of tragic though
4/5. Country usually ain’t my think but Dolly drives a hard bargain
Parton manages to invoke each short song with so much emotion and drama. A master storyteller
I like it! Plain folk-pop
The good songs are great, some are a little fanciful.
I think that maybe I just don't like modern country because this was excellent. Older country tends to feel more similar to folk, and I appreciate the storytelling that Dolly does here. Coat of Many Colors was stuck in my head for days!
Dolly can make a bad story beautiful. She has a upbeat way of going through a bunch of negativity and making it sound like a dream. This album is song bye an angel and does not contain fluff. Most song are under 3 minutes and there should be no excuse not to give this story of poverty, bad love, and being overlooked because your a woman album.
Great country music album. Classic
SImplismente a rainha do country
I haven't really listened to much Dolly in my life, but I like it!
Liked it much more the second time through
Ms. Dolly has quite the way of selling heartbreak. The few times the songs weren't about romance, I felt I didn't enjoy as much. "The Mystery of The Mystery" felt jarring in the middle of the other songs, and "Early Morning Breeze" felt more folk-pop than anything. Still, the rest of the songs are great and Ms. Dolly is a national treasure. Favorite tracks: "Coat of Many Colors", "Here I Am"
The titular song is a classic, no doubt, but Dolly Parton does simple country songs so well. It's an incredibly breezy and simple album that's worth replaying. I love Dolly's voice and her approach to songwriting, I think that's worth being on the list alone. Given how big of a star she is, though, I think there's plenty reasons why we see this album here.
Great stuff, makes me feel like I’m at Dollywood, gotta love Dolly, I miss this type of country
Dolly is great. I prefer acoustic guitar-picking country in a bluegrass style (Molly Tuttle), rather than steel, but that's just how country music was at the time. The songs and delivery are really good.
I'm from Kentucky. I have to like Dolly. She's a saint of a woman.
It started of what I thought would be a heartbreak album before ending with a whole "This is who I am, take it as is." I think this is the first time that I've heard a Dolly Parton album and it was certainly interesting.
Бодрое кантри. Нравится. Музыка классная, нескучная. Звучит приятно и легко :) При том, что я не фанат жанра кантри.
Lovely lovely lovely album
Not my kind of music. But because of her personality, not taking herself to serious, her stance on the R&R hall of fame I give this a yes
Dolly is just great. The album I think does drop off a *little* as it goes on, a few more upbeat tunes in the vein of Travelling Man would have done wonders to keep up the energy. Still brilliant though.
Not my type of music but there's no denying Dolly's songwriting chops and the arrangements are generally tasteful and melodies; timeless. 4 🌟
Probably like many of my particular ilk it took me a long time to see past the cultural presence and facade of Parton (at its peak in the late 70s and 80s when I was growing up) and realize her profound talent and originality. This is excellent, if mostly a shade shot of her very top tier
First time of listening. The queen of country gets the recognition she deserves here. The titular "Coat Of Many Colours" a semi-autobiographical song is one of the classics on this little gem of a country classic. Favourites Include the Above Title Track, "Travelling Man" "If I Lose My Mind" and "She Never Met A Man (She Didn't Like)" A really good example of country music as "White Peoples Blues" some heart rending lyrics and a search for the strength of her roots in working class poverty and the fate of white working class women through "Torch Songs" is epitomised throughout this album. Rightfully on this list as it is "Dolly 101"
a grand time
Really good, just not for me
A bit country-ish for my tastes, but I love and admire Dolly Parton. She has a great voice and writes nice, wholesome, simple songs. 3 stars.
Short album, Tall tunes
My Blue Tears" Released: June 14, 1971 "Coat of Many Colors" Released: September 27, 1971
Beautiful uplifting country record. Title song an all-time classic; rest of them light and positive tracks backed with a great Nashville band
Everyone loves Dolly! Title track is a winner, and the rest is classic Dolly Parton 70s country crooning. I was struck by the transition of Dolly’s mom character from the first to second song. She first is the caring mother sewing rags into love, and by the end of the next song, mom has run off with her new boyfriend. Country music😜.
bra skiva :D stark 3a
Not my usual genre of music, but I enjoyed it.
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: coat of many colors, travelling man, here I am
I'm sure it would grow on me with repeated listens. I went back and listened to 3 songs on the back half, Early Morning Breeze & the way I see you - all brilliant. I found the songs with the most interesting stories (if I lose my mind, she never met...) to be a little dull musically.
"That one is only poor only if they choose to be" solid 3
Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Traveling Man, My Blue Tears, Here I Am, A Better Place To Live Cutting Edge: Coat of Many Colors, Early Morning Breeze Overall Notes: Good old fashioned country music. 3.5 rounded to a 3 because it's nothing I haven't heard before. Still enjoyable though. Extra points for not having any problematic themes or lyrics.
She's obviously great and one of the more tolerable country artists, but can't say anything excited me much after Coat Of Many Colors. These albums based around big songs would all fare better if they embedded that song further down Saved: Coat Of Many Colors*
Bueno, no mi estilo
not bad, plus she has huge boobs!
Meh, schyssta pattar dock
I don't like country music so much
I expected to hate it and didn't so i guess that's a complement.
Pretty standard country really.
Not my favorite genre, but you have to like Dolly Parton. Old country is so much better than new "pop" country.
not my thing - it's fine
Where to start with this? Dolly is my dream girl. I'd listen to her telling me that I'm a piece of shit all year and still adore her. She has very neat pubic hair. Very neat.
i was expecting a full album of rootin tootin cowboy boots and my daddy left when i was 4 type nonsense but i was pleasantly surprised. about half of this was actually listenable. who knew Dolly Parton started life off as a young boy?
Dolly Parton has a beautiful voice. Good listen, couple of good tracks with great bass lines.
Here we have Dolly Parton bringing her distinctive voice to the dominant folk country of the early 1970s. This was a pretty standard 70s folk album and is nowhere near Dolly's best but it still shows off her musical talent. Fav song: Here I Am
fine album, but not very spectacular for me
Just like Dolly, short, bold and pretty giving. Too brief for a Friday album.
It’s a whoooooole lot of country.
Country. Suave y tranquilo.
For simpel og piget og kristen
not cup of my tea, ma piace sicuramente agli amanti del genere.
Very quaint. The song "Travelling Man" is really funny
Stand out bass playing on Travelling man and Early morning breeze. Very pleasant country album, albeit mainstream.
Really fresh and funny and a little melanchonic.
Not such a fan of most Country Music, but the lyrics to this album are great. Dolly has always been a great human being as well.
Dolly is good.
Dolly is an undeniable force of nature. She has aged with grace and poise and power. In some ways, that makes this 3-star review hard to give. But it's possible to utterly adore a person for who they are, deeply respect their accomplishments, and still not be a fan of their work. Unfortunately, that's where I am with this album. Dolly, I love ya, but this album is fairly pedestrian, steel-guitar-soaked, hillbilly country. Except for "Here I Am" - that song is amazing. On the second to last track, Dolly finally slips the lead and lets loose with the full force of her voice and the result is fantastic.
Country clássico no timbre feminino
Marglaga listamaður. Gott content
Interesting - pure country - not quite my thing but appreciated it nonetheless
Terrifying album cover. Never judge, etc. That girl has lungs on her. Tremendous vocal delivery, honest and aware of the campness of it all. There's a very fine whiff of the '71 counter culture breezing in.
Good album. 2nd Listen for me. Some of the songs are starting to grow on me.
yeah samey again liked at first then sounded basically the same jolly banjo
Bijzonder? Eerder schattig…
I like to hear her voice now and again. I think the length of the songs and album are the right amount. None of the songs on this particular album are very memorable for me.
Country music isn't my thing but Dolly Parton is an international treasure.
okay, didn't knock my socks off.
It’s Dolly. She’ll never fail you but you also have to be in the right mood to listen to her
It’s good. It’s very country. It’s very Dolly. It’s very short.
Dolly's writing is very good and all-star backup musicians. But I like Dolly in smaller portions than an entire album.
Very warm and intimate country by Dolly here. I don't think musically she ever really broke the mold, but she makes up for that by having really relatable lyrics, cosy music and a sparkling vocal performance.
Average easy listen.
Good collection of Dolly songs I hadn’t heard, from back when country didn’t mean a bigger truck and bragging about how rustic you are.
Oh, ik vond het al bekend klinken, maar het is een album van onze Dolly. Ik ken eerlijk gezegd niet veel nummers van haar, maar dit album is wel leuk. Niet meteen mijn favoriete muziek maar heel goed te luisteren en vrolijk. ***
Really pretty folk country gospel album
Felt like a pretty sleepy Dolly Parton album
Oli yllättävän hyvä! Travelling Man varsinkin hyvä. Välillä vähän liikaa kantri-renkutusta, mutta kokonaisuudessaan positiivinen kokemus. Silti taitaa jäädä 3/5
Hmm, kyl tämmönen klassinen country toimii ihan jees. Selvästi Dollyn ääni kuin luotu tähän genreen. Ja simppeliin musaan sopiva levyn pituus.
I'm not a fan of Country but Dolly's storytelling abilities are fine, painting vivid pictures of tales of woe and betrayal
Short and sweet. Beautiful vocals, with songwriting that must have stood out starkly against mainstream country at the time. The songs are a nice mix of the sweetly personal and even the surprisingly funny. On the whole, most of the songs never quite reach the quality of the album's title song, but this is still a great album that's a pleasure to listen to. Fave Songs: Coat of Many Colors, My Blue Tears, The Way I See You, Here I Am, She Never Met a Man (She Didn't Like)
I'm impressed that Dolly wrote most of the songs on the album. I like the one where she tells her mother that her husband makes her have sex with other men. Pretty brave for 1971. She had a great, raw voice in those early days. The title track I am not so fond of, but the story behind behind it makes it legit.
I have heard individual tracks from Dolly over the years, but Coat of Many Colors is the first time I've listened to a whole album. The title track was the only song I was familiar with. "Coat of Many Colors" and "The Way I See You" were the tracks that called to my attention as I was listening. Overall I was surpriesed how consistent her voice and songwriting have been over the years. The album is not typical of the music I would listen to, but it was a good album.
Country. One on my least liked genres but hey open minded eh.... (also DP is just great as a person) Anyway kicks off with 2 bangers, the title track and Traveling man. Starts to drip into inaneness after. At least the songs are sort and the whole album is lass than 30 min. Ok picks up in the second half when it loses some the country tropes. ( Liked Here I am) Gonna be a 3
Struggle to fairly rate given how far out of genre this is.
Dolly's nice and old but I can't get into this classic country. 4/10.
// Favs: - Score: Decent 2
I dont enjoy country music, went into this knowing I wouldn't enjoy it. However, it's no where near as obnoxious as I thought
i dislike country
I find it difficult to get excited about most country music. This album was no exception. meh at best
Full disclosure: I've never much cared for Dolly Parton's voice. I don't care for the way she uses vibrato and her voice is so sharp it could cut through steel. Which is not to say that she's a bad singer--her interpretative skills and phrasing are better than most and her pitch is dead on. It's really just a matter of personal preference, purely subjective. On Coat of Many Colors, while there is a fair amount of variety within the rubric of mainstream country (ballads, country-rock, etc.) it's all very generic, if well played but what I would guess are a bunch of Nashville studio cats. The melodies are nothing special either. The one area that Parton excels in is narrative songwriting. The opening two tracks, Coat of Many Colors and Traveling Man, are superb--I'd stack them up against the best of the giants of country music, like Hank Williams Sr., Lefty Frizzell, etc. Seemingly without effort, Dolly manages to cram in character writing, narrative, local color, comedy, and earned sentiment into three minutes or less! That's a rare talent and a golden ticket in popular music. Unfortunately, not all of the other songs she pens on the album are as magnificent. There's a nice ode to meeting God in the wonders of nature (Early Morning Breeze), but the rest of her lyrics could have come from a dozen other artists. To sum up, the terrific lyrics of the opening two songs overcome the bland music (although admittedly it might have sounded fresher back in 1971) and Dolly's voice (YMMV), but the rest of the album pretty much goes in one ear and out the other, not leaving much of a trace. Pleasant enough, but really slight.
As much as I want to like this album, because Dolly Parton is objectively great, it's still a country album. It's a country album released in the early 70s. It is great for some folks, but not for me. 2 stars is as much as I can give it.
Country is not really my style, but Dolly Parton is a legend. This just wasn't what I would go out of my way to listen to.
I admire her but I’m not into her music
If you like this sort of thing this is probably good. I really don’t.
I bet those boobs have been coated in all sorts of colours over the years
Ummmmmm……. I mean it’s not bad. But like idk how you can listen to this around other people. This is 100% headphone music not speaker music. I had it playing on my speakers and my roommate looked at me like I was insane.
Allegro e divertente, ma è sempre country
I think I've had my fill of country recently. It wasn't bad if you like that Dolly Parton story story telling style
Nice storytelling mostly about her momma (making her coats and her stealing men) as well as a Pre-curser to Jolene. No real standouts.
I wasn't entirely sure how to feel when I was assigned this album; I don't like country music, but I like Dolly Parton. I don't know anything about her from a musical standpoint, but she is a saint of a human being, and I she gets royalties from this expedition I took on Spotify for this review. So apparently this album shares the name with a TV drama based on Dolly Parton's life, which lead me to believe that the album would play like a soundtrack of sorts; plotting the highs and lows of the story with slide guitar and banjo and Dolly Parton's gently husky voice. While I perhaps wished for too much, I enjoyed the tracks for a once through listen; the title track was a moving narrative about a mother's love and DIY ethic before it was cool. Waltz-y tracks like She Never Met A Man and is contrasted with more upbeat tracks like Traveling Man (A lot of Men in this album!). It runs the albeit limited gamut of country music's range of dynamics and instrumentation, and while it isn't something I'd listen to ever, it is this writer's opinion that Dolly Parton is as good a place to start as any for anyone delving into country music for the first time. Enjoy my Spotify cents, Ms Parton!
Meh. Tietyllä tapaa tätä vois pitää onnistuneena kun niin stereotyyppisen kuulosta kantria, mukaanlukien lauluääni. Mutta en nauttinut.
Traveling Man vitun kova! Todella tiukka bassolinja. Muuten aika perus huttucountrya. 2/5
For the most part, not a fan of country music. Also not a fan of biblical lyrics. This had both and I didn't listen to the whole album. Probably a classic w/r/t songwriting and just not to my liking.
ZZZZZZZZZZZ...good first song....ZZZZZZZZZ
Do not like the quavary vocals at all
I just can’t stand it.
Not a fan, gave it a listen anyway. Still not a fan. So we have learnt nothing here.
Only had one good song
No thanks. Not my thing at all.
Ugh. I just don't care for this music.
No country pls
No thank you.
Not for me.
Not a big fan of country. Not a big fan of Dolly. For sure not a big fan of this album.
La historia del saco es emotiva, pero musicalmente no aporta mucho. Considero que el folk yanqui es un genero muy propio y por lo tanto no llega a la mayoria. Y la verdad no pude terminar de escucharlo.
Not sure why, but not a big Dolly fan
I don't like this music genre at all and this album is pretty exemplary for that genre.
This was 27 minutes long? Because it felt like an eternity. I don't like this type of music and I don't like Dolly Parton's voice, so definitely not for me.
I don't like rock