The Bargain Store
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|The Bargain Store|
|Studio album by Dolly Parton|
|Released||March 16, 1975|
|Recorded||RCA Studios, Nashville, December 1974 – January 1975|
|Producer||Bob Ferguson, Porter Wagoner|
|Dolly Parton chronology|
|Singles from The Bargain Store|
The Bargain Store is Dolly Parton's 15th solo studio album and was released in 1975. In the Parton-penned title track, one of her best-known compositions, she used worn, second-hand merchandise in a discount store as a metaphor for a woman damaged by an ill-fated relationship. The song was dropped from a number of country stations' playlists, when programmers mistook the line "you can easily afford the price" as a thinly veiled reference to prostitution. Despite the decreased airplay, the song nonetheless topped the U.S. country singles charts in April 1975.
The album was largely made up of Parton's own compositions, but also contained Merle Haggard's "You'll Always Be Special to Me". (Haggard in turn covered Parton's "Kentucky Gambler", from this album, later in 1975.)
The album was re-released for the first time ever in December 2013. It was made available as a digital download on iTunes. This is the first time the songs "When I'm Gone," "The Only Hand You'll Need to Hold," "I Want to Be What You Need," "Love to Remember," "You'll Always Be Special to Me," "He Would Know," and "I'll Never Forget" are available outside of the original LP and cassette releases of the album.
All songs written by Dolly Parton unless otherwise noted.
- "The Bargain Store"
- "Kentucky Gambler"
- "When I'm Gone"
- "The Only Hand You'll Need to Hold"
- "On My Mind Again (Porter Wagoner)
- "I Want to Be What You Need"
- "Love to Remember"
- "You’ll Always Be Special to Me (Merle Haggard)
- "He Would Know"
- "I’ll Never Forget"