All I Can Do (album)
|All I Can Do|
|Studio album by|
|Released||August 16, 1976|
|Recorded||December 9, 1974–February 19, 1976|
|Studio||RCA's "Nashville Sound" Studios|
|Dolly Parton chronology|
|Singles from All I Can Do|
In addition to eight Parton compositions, the album includes two covers; Emmylou Harris' "Boulder to Birmingham" and Merle Haggard's "Life's Like Poetry". The album was released around the time Parton began appearing regularly in the supermarket tabloids, and "Shattered Image", which advised to "stay out of my closet if your own's full of trash" was said to be a reaction to that. "The Fire That Keeps You Warm" was originally recorded by Parton and Porter Wagoner on the 1974 album Porter 'n' Dolly.
Parton would re-recorded "Shattered Image" for her 2002 album Halos & Horns.
"Falling Out of Love With Me" was covered in 2002 by the country-rock band Pinmonkey with Parton providing harmony vocals.
|Christgau's Record Guide||B+|
In a review published in the August 28, 1976 issue, Billboard said, "Exceptional LP by the enigmatic lady who has reached the pinnacle of country music success and is now making her impact, deservingly, on the pop music market. Few artists write better songs than Parton, and no one can sing them better. A powerful performer, Parton provides an album for country and pop chart consideration. Her version of Emmylou Harris' "Boulder to Birmingham" is a striking, heartfelt song, sung without pretension and with a surplus of feeling. Effective blend of slow ballads and uptempo numbers, contains a pair of her hit singles and a couple more that should make good singles. Incisve liner notes by Don Cusic add depth to an already noteworthy LP."
Cashbox published a review in the August 28, 1976 issue which said, "Making a positive move into the progressive sound, Dolly makes her current single the theme of the total offering. Other self-penned selections are "The Fire That Keeps You Warm", "When the Sun Goes Down Tomorrow", "I'm a Drifter," "Falling Out of Love with Me", "Shattered Image", "Preacher Tom" and "Hey, Lucky Lady". Also included are "Life’s Like Poetry" (Merle Haggard) and "Boulder to Birmingham" (Emmylou Harris/Bill Danoff). A Dolly Parton/Porter Wagoner production."
The second single, "All I Can Do", was released in July 1976 and peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 1 on the Canadian RPM Top Country Singles chart.
The third single, "Shattered Image", was released in the UK in November 1976 and did not chart.
All tracks written by Dolly Parton, except where noted.
|1.||"All I Can Do"||February 18, 1976||2:23|
|2.||"The Fire That Keeps You Warm"||February 19, 1976||2:49|
|3.||"When the Sun Goes Down Tomorrow"||unknown||2:05|
|4.||"I'm a Drifter"||February 17, 1976||2:53|
|5.||"Falling Out of Love with Me"||February 18, 1976||2:47|
|1.||"Shattered Image"||February 12, 1976||2:23|
|2.||"Boulder to Birmingham"||Emmylou Harris, Bill Danoff||February 19, 1976||4:13|
|3.||"Preacher Tom"||February 17, 1976||3:40|
|4.||"Life's Like Poetry"||Merle Haggard||unknown||1:48|
|5.||"Hey, Lucky Lady"||December 9, 1974||2:20|
Adapted from the album liner notes.
- Herb Burnette - art director
- Don Cusic - liner notes
- The Lea Jane Singers - vocal accompaniment
- Dolly Parton - vocals, producer, arrangements
- Tom Pick - recording engineer
- Hope Powell - photography
- Roy Shockley - second engineer
- Porter Wagoner - producer, arrangements
|1976||US Hot Country Albums (Billboard)||3|
|1976||"Hey, Lucky Lady"||US Hot Country Singles (Billboard)||19|
|Canada Top Country Singles (RPM)||11|
|"All I Can Do"||US Hot Country Singles (Billboard)||3|
|Canada Top Country Singles (RPM)||1|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1977||"All I Can Do"||Best Country Vocal Performance, Female||Nominated|
- "Dolly Parton - Hey, Lucky Lady". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
- "Dolly Parton - All I Can Do". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
- "Dolly Parton - Shattered Image". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
- Deming, Mark. All I Can Do at AllMusic
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
- "Billboard Magazine - August 28, 1976" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
- "Cashbox Magazine - August 28, 1976" (PDF). American Radio History. Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
- "Dolly Parton Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- "Dolly Parton Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 5 December 2018.