Party Doll and Other Favorites

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Party Doll and Other Favorites
Compilation album by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Released May 25, 1999 (1999-05-25)
Genre Country
Length 72:35
Label Columbia Nashville
Mary Chapin Carpenter chronology
A Place in the World
(1996)A Place in the World1996
Party Doll and Other Favorites
Time* Sex* Love*
(2001)Time* Sex* Love*2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (dud)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Party Doll and Other Favorites is the first compilation album by American country music singer Mary Chapin Carpenter. It was released in 1999 on the Columbia Records label and comprises a mix of her greatest hits, several album cuts, and newly recorded tracks.


The collection uses live or special event recordings in place of the studio cuts in several cases, others like "I Feel Lucky" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" are the original album versions. Of the new material, "Almost Home" and "Wherever You Are" were both released as singles, respectively reaching numbers 22 and 55 on the Billboard country charts in 1999.[6] The track "Can't Take Love for Granted" was taken from a live performance on Late Show with David Letterman; the song, originally a ballad appearing on her third album, Shooting Straight in the Dark, differed from the album version, in that it was performed as a rowdy, guitar-driven rock and roll performance.

Some of the songs on this album originally appeared on other sources. "Dreamland" previously appeared on the 1992 compilation 'Til Their Eyes Shine... The Lullaby Album,[7] "Grow Old with Me" comes from Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon, and "10,000 Miles" comes from the 1996 film Fly Away Home.

Carpenter produced most of the album with her usual producer, John Jennings, except for "Wherever You Are" and "Almost Home", which she produced with Blake Chancey, and "10,000 Miles", which was produced by Mark Isham.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mary Chapin Carpenter, except where noted.

  1. "Can't Take Love for Granted" – 3:47
  2. "Wherever You Are" – 4:16
  3. "Down at the Twist and Shout" – 3:18
  4. "I Feel Lucky" (Carpenter, Don Schlitz) – 3:31
  5. "Dreamland" – 3:03
  6. "Passionate Kisses" (Lucinda Williams) – 3:21
  7. "Quittin' Time" (Roger Linn, Robb Royer) – 6:10
  8. "This Shirt" – 3:47
  9. "Grow Old with Me" (John Lennon) – 3:22
  10. "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" (Carpenter, Schlitz) – 4:02
  11. "I Take My Chances" (Carpenter, Schlitz) – 4:22
  12. "The Hard Way" (Carpenter) – 4:54
    • from the PBS special In the Spotlight and the DVD/Video Jubilee: Live at Wolftrap
  13. "Shut Up and Kiss Me" – 3:41
  14. "10,000 Miles" (Traditional) – 6:11
  15. "Stones in the Road" – 4:34
  16. "Almost Home" (Carpenter, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Annie Roboff) – 4:37
  17. "Party Doll" (Mick Jagger) – 5:39

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 43


  1. ^ Kurutz, Steve. "Party Doll and Other Favorites - Mary Chapin Carpenter". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Nash, Alanna (28 May 1999). "Party Doll and Other Favorites Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Blake, Mark. "Mary Chapin Carpenter: Party Doll & Other Favorites". Q. EMAP Metro Ltd (July 1999): 132. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Mary Chapin Carpenter". Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Schoemer, Karen (8 July 1999). "Mary Chapin Carpenter: Party Doll And Other Favorites : Music Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 16 August 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter charted singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  7. ^ Parisien, Roch. "Til Their Eyes Shine". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Party Doll and Other Favorites (CD booklet). Mary Chapin Carpenter. Columbia Records. 1999. 68751.