New Harvest – First Gathering

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New Harvest – First Gathering
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released February 11, 1977
Recorded Nashville, Los Angeles, November 1976 – January 1977
Genre Country
Length 38:30
Label RCA
Producer Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton chronology
All I Can Do
New Harvest... First Gathering
Here You Come Again
Singles from New Harvest... First Gathering
  1. "Light of a Clear Blue Morning"
    Released: April 19, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[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 song. 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. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Light of a Clear Blue Morning"     4:56
2. "Applejack"     3:26
3. "My Girl (My Love)"   Smokey Robinson, Ronald White 3:47
4. "Holdin' on to You"     2:47
5. "You Are"     5:17
6. "How Does it Feel"     3:15
7. "Where Beauty Lives in Memory"     3:58
8. "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher"   Gary Jackson, Carl Smith 2:54
9. "Getting in My Way"     2:41
10. "There"     5:33

Chart performance[edit]

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


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Southern Nights by Glen Campbell
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 14, 1977
Succeeded by
Kenny Rogers by Kenny Rogers