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The Essential Series

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The Essential Series

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Waylon Jennings, Keith Whitley, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner
Producers:
RCA
genre:
Country, Reissues

We gave it a B

Of the newest additions to The Essential Series, this solid RCA series, the best is from Waylon Jennings, whose rough-hewn style helped usher in a period of realism and minimalism to Nashville. As a duet team, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (1967-74) were surpassed only by George Jones and Tammy Wynette in influence and emotional resonance, Wagoner’s steady baritone anchoring Parton’s gossamer soprano. Keith Whitley’s ballads sound like confessions from his diary. This set, which focuses on his early work, captures his soulful essence of loneliness and deferred dreams. Jennings: A Wagoner and Parton: B Whitley: B