Rainbow (Dolly Parton album)

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Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released November 25, 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Country, pop
Length 39:38
Label Columbia
Producer Steve "Gold-E" Goldstein
Dolly Parton chronology
Best of Dolly Parton, Vol. 3
White Limozeen
Singles from Rainbow
  1. "The River Unbroken"
    Released: December 19, 1987
  2. "I Know You By Heart"
    Released: February 1, 1988
  3. "Make Love Work"
    Released: June 20, 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Rainbow is the 28th solo studio album by American country entertainer Dolly Parton. Released on November 25, 1987, it was her first album after switching to Columbia Records, after nearly two decades with RCA. The original plan, when Parton signed with CBS, was for her to alternate between releasing pop and country albums (rather than trying to combine the two styles on each album), but due to Rainbow's poor sales and tepid critical reception, the plan was quickly abandoned, and Parton more or less focused on recording country material for the remainder of her association with the label.

The album was among Parton's lowest charting albums to that point. It stalled at 153 on the U.S. pop albums charts and barely cracked the top twenty on the country albums charts; its first single, "The River Unbroken" missed the country top 40 entirely, stalling at # 63, and did not make the pop charts; its second single, "I Know You by Heart", a duet with Smokey Robinson, did not chart at all. A third single, "Make Love Work", was released in June 1988, but fared poorly, likely due, in part, to competition from "Wildflowers", a top-ten single by Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt released from their 1987 Trio album a month earlier.

Rainbow's release coincided with the launch of Parton's ill-fated 1987-88 variety show, Dolly, and much of the music on the album was highlighted on the show.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The River Unbroken" David Batteau, Darrell Brown 4:33
2. "I Know You by Heart" (with Smokey Robinson) George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam, Dean Pitchford 4:20
3. "Dump the Dude" Steve Dorff, Allan Rich 3:52
4. "Red Hot Screaming Love" Mike Chapman 4:11
5. "Make Love Work" Eric Kaz 3:26
6. "Everyday Hero" Blaise Tosti, Robert O'Hearn 4:35
7. "Two Lovers" William "Smokey" Robinson 3:22
8. "Could I Have Your Autograph" Dolly Parton 3:20
9. "Savin’ it for You" Dino Fekaris, David Loeb 4:18
10. "More Than I Can Say" Dolly Parton 4:06

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 18
U.S. Billboard 200 153
Canadian RPM Top Albums 83


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r93504

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