Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-1976

Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-1976

(6-CD LP-size box set with 80-page hardcover book. 160 tracks with a playing time of 407:39) Porter and Dolly had even more than the playfulness and sexual chemistry of Conway Twitty-Loretta Lynn and the high psychodrama of Tammy Wynette-George Jones. Because they were both great songwriters, they wrote songs that mirrored their lives and brought an uncommon variety to their music. Both of them dressed in high hillbilly glamor – like no one else before or since. Neither of them was afraid to make a splash.

When Porter and Dolly began recording in 1967, Porter was the bigger star and Dolly watched his TV show every week as a fan. By the time of their last duets in 1976, Dolly was one of the biggest stars that country music had ever seen, and Porter’s biggest hits were his duets with Dolly. Their work was sometimes playful, sometimes romantic, sometimes tortured, and sometimes unbearably sad, much like their personal and professional relationship. For the first time, it’s all in one place!

The greatest male-female duet in country music! ”They made all other duet teams sound like footnotes” (critic John Morthland). Includes 21 timeless hits plus many rarities including their 1973 release of Here Comes The Freedom Train, plus live recordings. 160 recordings in all! The accompanying hardcover book features an in-depth biography by noted journalist and Dolly Parton biographer, Alanna Nash.

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3 Responses to Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-1976

  • Dolly Fan says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Complete Porter ‘n Dolly!, June 2, 2014
    Dolly Fan (Virginia) –

    This review is from: Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-1976 (Audio CD)
    In 1967 when Porter Wagoner hired Dolly Parton to replace Norma Jean on his syndicated television show, no one knew exactly what the future would hold. When Dolly joined Porter out on the road, fans who did not know her shouted “We want Norma Jean!” This hurt Dolly, who was already nervous as she started her major label professional career. Porter decided they should do duets as no one would dare yell at her if he were on the stage with her. The rest is Country Music history!

    Ranging from traditional country standards, to love songs, and their trademark “fight and scratch” songs which were an audience favorite, this box set has it all. Between the years of 1967-1980, Porter and Dolly released 14 albums (counting an official “Best Of” release). Every track from all of those albums is present in this set, including B-sides, singles and a very rare recording the two did for America’s Bicentennial (All Aboard America/Here Comes The Freedom Train). It is ALL here! If you are a fan of Porter and Dolly as a duo, Dolly or Porter as solo artists or a Country Music fan in general, you would be doing yourself a disservice not to have this set in your collection.

    As usual Bear Family Records has put together a wonderful package which includes a hardcover book which details their history. Written by famed Dolly Parton biographer Alanna Nash with a forward by Country Music Hall of Fame member, and one-third of the Trio, Emmylou Harris, the book goes into detail about Porter and Dolly’s career together and features some new interviews from electric banjo inventor Buck Trent and Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely which truly shed new light on what Nashville was thinking during Porter and Dolly’s big breakup! The liner notes alone are full of interesting information ranging from recording dates and locations, all of the session players, etc. All of their albums are represented by having the original covers duplicated within the book itself.

    The sound quality is top-notch on all six of the CDs in this collection and all recordings are presented by recording date, not necessarily the date they were released. I think this continuity is quite interesting as you can truly see the duo grow vocally as the recordings progress over time. It is said, “All good things come to those who wait”; if that is true, then Porter and Dolly fans have waited for a very, very long time to have a collection of this magnitude released. It is great to now have it all together in one fantastic package.

    Dolly fans have been waiting for RCA/SONY to make her early recordings from 1954-1993 available in reissues (many of the later dates already represented), but if Bear Family would like to take a crack at giving us Dolly’s early and/or complete catalog in a similar manner, I certainly do not think any of us would mind!


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  • Peter Durward Harris says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Outstanding and well packaged, June 3, 2014
    Peter Durward Harris (Leicester England) –
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    This review is from: Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-1976 (Audio CD)

    Cruise along the Amazon where the deep blue waters flow – so sings Dolly in Any place you want to go, one of her many excellent duets with Porter to be found in this boxed set. These days, we can cruise down the Amazon sitting at our computer monitors :-)

    Containing all the duets that Porter and Dolly recorded together between 1967 and 1976, this is a dream come true for all committed fans of those singers. However, being produced by Bear Family, the tracks are presented in the order in which they were recorded rather than the order in which they were released on album. Other reissue labels usually present track album by album, thus grouping together the tracks that were released together, with non-album tracks and unreleased tracks inserted as bonus tracks.

    One other thing for those familiar with the original albums to note is that the tracks for the 1980 album simply titled Porter ‘n’ Dolly, comprising hitherto unreleased songs, are not presented here in the form they appear on that album. It seems that 12 tracks were overdubbed for possible inclusion on that album, but only 10 were actually used. Bear Family have opted to use the recordings as they were before those overdubs were applied. The two tracks not used on the 1980 album (Tangled Vines, Carolina Moonshiner) also appear here without the overdubs. Perhaps somebody will re-issue the 1980 album (already available as a single CD) with the two unreleased overdubbed tracks added as bonus tracks. Porter recorded a solo version of Carolina Moonshiner, which became a top 20 country hit for him.

    The set also includes Here comes the freedom train and its B-side All Aboard America, neither previously released on CD, along with several other previously unreleased tracks. Also included are the Porter and Dolly live duets from Dolly’s s live album, A real live album, although Dolly’s solo tracks are understandably omitted.

    The book is hardback, which now seems to be standard Bear Family policy; in the old days they were flabby paperbacks. There is a great selection of pictures, an article by Alanna Nash and comments by Emmylou Harris. Although this box is of course limited to Porter and Dolly’s duets, both singers are discussed individually. The odd thing is that no mention is made anywhere od Dolly’s early duet with Bill Anderson, which appeared in Bill Anderson’s Bear Family boxed set. I would have thought it would get a passing mention somewhere, if only as an excuse to that box :-) Seriously, I only found out about that duet when I considered the possibility of buying the Bill Anderson box and looked up the track listing.

    Among the comments, one surprising blunder is the claim that Dolly’s first solo #1 hit was I will always love you. It was third after Joshua (1971) and Jolene (1973).

    If you are a committed Porter and Dolly fan, this is exactly what you’ve been looking for, except perhaps the track sequencing and the choice of un-dubbed versions. In both cases, I have mixed feelings, but I’ve been hoping for a set like this for years without ever expecting it, so I’m very happy.

    CD 1:

    Just Between You And Me
    Before I Met You
    Two Sides To Every Story
    Mommie, Ain’t That Daddy
    Four O Thirty Three
    Love Is Worth Living
    The Last Thing On My Mind
    Sorrow’s Tearing Down The House (That Happiness Once Built)
    Home Is Where The Hurt Is
    This Time Has Gotta Be Our Last Time
    Put It Off Until Tomorrow
    Because One Of Us Was Wrong
    Slip Away Today
    Holding On To Nothin’
    Just The Two Of Us
    Closer By The Hour
    Afraid To Love Again
    I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew
    Jeannie’s Afraid Of The Dark
    The Party
    I Can
    We’ll Get Ahead Someday
    The Dark End Of The Street
    Somewhere Between
    Making Plans
    Good As Gold
    One By One
    Good As Gold
    Yours Love

    CD 2:

    Just Someone I Used To Know
    No Reason To Hurry Home
    Milwaukee, Here I Come
    The House Where Love Lives
    Why Don’t You Haul Off And Love Me
    Mendy Never Sleeps
    I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby
    Anything’s Better Than Nothing
    Always, Always
    My Hands Are Tied
    There Never Was A Time
    Forty Miles From Poplar Bluff
    Each Season Changes You
    Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man
    Tangled Vines
    We Can’t Let This Happen To Us
    Tomorrow Is Forever
    Silver Sandals
    No Love Left
    I’m Wasting Your Time And You’re Wasting Mine
    Run That By Me One More Time
    It Might As Well Be Me
    I Know You’re Married But I Love You Still
    Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man
    Fight And Scratch
    A Good Understanding

    CD 3:

    Once More
    Ragged Angel
    Before Our Weakness Gets Too Strong
    Let’s Live For Tonight
    One Day At A Time

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  • hyperbolium says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A monument to one of music’s greatest-ever duos, June 22, 2014
    hyperbolium (Earth, USA) –

    This review is from: Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-1976 (Audio CD)
    Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner’s partnership is remarkable even within a genre known for its venerable pairings. At the start of their professional relationship, Wagoner was an established star with dozens of hit singles and a weekly television program, and Parton was the new “girl singer” who had to win over fans of the departed Norma Jean. By the end of their partnership, seven years later, Wagoner’s chart action was winding down, and Parton’s stardom, which had begun its flight during her tenure with Wagoner, was about to go into hyperdrive. Parton said goodbye to Wagoner with “I Will Always Love You,” and lawsuits followed, but their chemistry as a duet was strong enough to survive their separation, with previously recorded material continuing to chart.

    Parton and Wagoner were each artistic forces to be reckoned with. They were A-list songwriters and performers, and the enormous volume of material they recorded together was paralleled by a wealth of solo releases. Early on, Wagoner wrote surprisingly little for their pairings, choosing to showcase Parton’s material alongside that of other Nashville greats and a few adventurous selections, like Dan Penn’s “The Dark End of the Street.” Wagoner’s songwriting contributions picked up in the latter half of their partnership, and the pair also wrote several songs together. One has to wonder if the increasing fortunes of Parton’s solo career directed her original material to herself, and Wagoner was drawn to fill the void alongside his singing and producing duties.

    Wagoner’s craft was meticulous, and the sidemen he selected included members of his road band (led by Buck Trent and featuring fiddler Mack Magaha) and the cream of Nashville’s session players (including Pete Drake, Lloyd Green, Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins and Roy Huskey, Jr.). The catalog he produced with Parton is impressive for both its size and uniformly high quality. The songwriting, vocals, production and playing never wavers across the duo’s seven-year partnership, and their commercial appeal lasted from an early cover of Tom Paxton’s folk classic “The Last Thing on My Mind” through Wagoner’s “Is Forever Longer than Always.” Along the way, fans will find the hallmarks of both Wagoner and Parton’s individual material, including the former’s dramatic recitations, the latter’s hard-scrabble roots and both of their religious faith.

    Duet singing is ultimately more about the chemistry of conversation and the revelation of interpersonal dynamics than about the individual vocalists. Wagoner’s spoken-word interlude gives Parton’s lyric of family tragedy an extra shot of morbidity in “The Party,” and the easy give-and-take of “I’ve Been This Way Too Long” could just as easily be the extemporaneous bickering of a long-time couple. Though neither family nor spouses, the pair sang with the sort of connectedness that marks blood harmonies – and feuds. In retrospect, the spark that brought even the most common romantic themes to life now seems freighted with foreshadows of their bitter dissolution, eventual detente and final emotional reunion.

    Like all of Bear Family’s box sets, this set’s extensiveness is both a blessing and a challenge. The blessing, of course, are six discs of superb recordings and a lavishly illustrated seventy-eight page book; the challenge is in trying to absorb seven years of material without the division and pacing of the original singles and albums. Alanna Nash’s lengthy notes and Richard Weize’s detailed discography provide fans a guide to the duo’s intertwined paths, and the compression of their career into a box set highlights the evolution of their pairing at fast-forward speed. This collection stands tall, even among the very tall field of archival releases Bear Family has produced since it’s founding in 1975; start saving your pennies and dimes (and quarters and dollars), as this is a must-have for fans of Porter, Dolly and Porter & Dolly. [©2014 Hyperbolium]


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