New Harvest...First Gathering

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New Harvest...First Gathering
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released February 14, 1977
Recorded August 19, 1976 - December 17, 1976
Studio Soundshop Studio, Nashville; Creative Workshop, Nashville
Genre Country
Length 38:30
Label RCA Records
Producer Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton chronology
All I Can Do
(1976)All I Can Do1976
New Harvest...First Gathering
Here You Come Again
(1977)Here You Come Again1977
Singles from New Harvest...First Gathering
  1. "Light of a Clear Blue Morning"
    Released: April 19, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB−[2]

New Harvest...First Gathering is the 18th solo studio album by Dolly Parton, released in February 1977.

Album history[edit]

It is significant for being Parton's first self-produced album, as well as her first effort aimed specifically at the pop charts. Recorded partially in Los Angeles, it was also her first album to be recorded outside of Nashville.

In addition to her own compositions, Parton included The Temptations classic "My Girl" (sung as the gender-neutral "My Love"), and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher", originally a Jackie Wilson hit. Though the album wasn't the blockbuster pop hit Parton had hoped it would be—though it topped the U.S. country album charts, it only reached # 77 on the pop albums charts, and its single "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" stalled at # 87 on the U.S. pop singles charts—it was fairly well received critically and one of its tracks, "Applejack" has gone to become one of Parton's best-known compositions. (The album recording of the song featured an all-star lineup of country legends, including Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, Johnny Wright, Chet Atkins and Minnie Pearl.)

The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal for "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher."

One of its tracks, "You Are", was issued as a single in the Netherlands by late 1983, to coincide with the release of the compilation The Love Album. It surprisingly reached number one on the Dutch singles charts in December 1983/January 1984.

In conjunction with the Dolly Parton European Tour 2007, BMG Germany (a division of Sony/BMG) released the album for the first time on CD. It was paired with 1976s All I Can Do on one CD.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton except as noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Light of a Clear Blue Morning" August 19, 19764:56
2."Applejack" December 10, 19763:26
3."My Love"Smokey Robinson, Ronald WhiteDecember 3, 19763:47
4."Holdin' on to You" August 22, 19762:47
5."You Are" August 20, 19765:17
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
6."How Does It Feel" November 21, 19763:15
7."Where Beauty Lives in Memory" December 10, 19763:58
8."(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher"Gary Jackson, Carl SmithDecember 16, 19762:54
9."Getting in My Way" August 21, 19762:41
10."There" December 17, 19765:33

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[3] 1
U.S. Billboard 200[3] 71


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