Album Reviews

Album Review: Dolly Parton – Live From London (Sony)

By | Published on Friday 26 February 2010

Dolly Parton

When I first received this CD, my traitor eyes gave me the impression that ‘9 To 5’ wasn’t included on the tracklist. “What’s this”, you say – “no ‘9 To 5’? You’ve got to be kidding me!” Oh, wait, there it is, tucked in at the back, and a surprise appearance near the end of the album. Oh well, at least the early arrival of ‘Jolene’ makes up for it – but only just. Yes, Dolly’s live album is a typical offering from the “Queen” of country music, lighthearted, sparkly and covered in rhinestones.

Recorded at London’s O2 during her tour in summer 2008, ‘Live From London’ is a surprisingly short but sweet set of songs that are practically swallowed whole by her adoring (and, apparently, obsessive) audience.

Included with the CD is a bonus DVD with footage from the tour and from the shows themselves, showing Dolly to be the very bizarre but sweet and endearing lady that she is. As I watch – and listen – sometimes all I can think about is an interview I read with Jake Shears where he candidly revealed that Parton can’t stand with her feet flat, because she’s never out of heels. Now that, to me, is the sign of a true trooper. TW

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