All I Can Do (album)

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All I Can Do
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released August 23, 1976
Recorded 1976
Studio RCA Studios
Genre Country
Length 27:51
Label RCA Records
Producer Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton chronology
All I Can Do
New Harvest...First Gathering
Singles from All I Can Do
  1. "Hey, Lucky Lady"
    Released: February 28, 1976
  2. "All I Can Do"
    Released: July 31, 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

All I Can Do is the 17th solo studio album by Dolly Parton, released in August 1976. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal. All I Can Do was the last Parton album on which Porter Wagoner would get producing credit.

Album history[edit]

In addition to the eight Parton compositions, there were 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 re-recorded "Shattered Image" for her 2002 Halos & Horns album. "Falling Out of Love With Me" was covered in 2002 by the country-rock band Pinmonkey with Parton providing harmony vocals.

The title song reached #3 on the U.S. country charts. "Hey, Lucky Lady" was also released as a single.

In conjunction with Parton's European Tour 2007, BMG Germany (a division of Sony/BMG) released the album for the first time on CD. It was paired with 1977s New Harvest...First Gathering on one single CD.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Recording date Length
1. "All I Can Do" February 18, 1976 2:25
2. "The Fire That Keeps You Warm" February 19, 1976 2:50
3. "When The Sun Goes Down Tomorrow" unknown 2:06
4. "I'm a Drifter" February 17, 1976 2:54
5. "Falling Out of Love With Me" February 18, 1976 2:48
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
6. "Shattered Image"   February 12, 1976 2:25
7. "Boulder to Birmingham" Emmylou Harris, Bill Danoff February 19, 1976 4:14
8. "Preacher Tom"   February 17, 1976 3:43
9. "Life's Like Poetry" Merle Haggard unknown 1:49
10. "Hey, Lucky Lady"   December 9, 1974 2:22


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. All I Can Do at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 372". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 

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