Special Delivery (Dottie West album)

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Special Delivery
Dottie West-Special Delivery 2.jpg
Studio album by Dottie West
Released November 1979
Recorded July & September 1979; Creative Workshop, Berry Hill, Tennessee; Jack Clement Recording Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country pop
Label Liberty
Producer Randy Goodrum, Brent Maher, Larry Butler
Dottie West chronology
Special Delivery
Wild West
Singles from Special Delivery
  1. "You Pick Me Up and Put Me Down"
    Released: October 1979
  2. "A Lesson in Leavin'"
    Released: February 1980
  3. "Leavin's for Unbelievers"
    Released: June 1980

Special Delivery is the twenty second solo studio album by American country artist, Dottie West. The album was released in 1979 on Liberty Records and was produced by Randy Goodrum and Brent Maher. The album came on the heels of two chart-topping West duet albums with Kenny Rogers and reestablished West as a major solo artist, becoming West's most successful solo album since 1967 thanks in part to three top 15 country hits on the collection, including "A Lesson in Leavin'", the first solo number one record in West's 20-year career.

Background and critical reception[edit]

Special Delivery consisted of ten tracks of material and was her first release for Liberty Records (which was previously United Artists Records). The album's tenth track was a cover version of Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight" that later became a Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton duet in 1983. Producers, Randy Goodrum and Brent Maher also co-wrote most of the album's tracks, including the singles, "A Lesson in Leavin'," "You Pick Me Up (And Put Me Down)," and "Leavin's for Unbelievers." The album was reviewed by Allmusic's Tom Roland, who gave the release three out of five stars. Roland also found that West's music style seemed to adapt to the new Urban Cowboy musical style, similar to that of Rogers, stating, "Her "Country Sunshine" is replaced with country-funk and a touch of melancholy."[1] The album was released on a 12-inch LP album, containing five tracks on each side of the record.[2]


Special Delivery's lead single was the opening track, "You Pick Me Up and Put Me Down." The song was released in October 1979 and peaked at #12 on the Billboard Magazine Hot Country Songs chart and #50 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart by the end of the year.[3] Special Delivery was also released in 1979, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[4] The album's second track, "A Lesson in Leavin'" was spawned as the second single in February 1980. The song became West's first number one single as a solo artist on the Hot Country Songs chart. In addition, it also peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #42 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. The album spawned the final single, "Leavin's for Unbelievers" in June 1980, which peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart later in the year.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Pick Me Up (And Put Me Down)"   Randy Goodrum, Brent Maher  
2. "A Lesson in Leavin'"   Randy Goodrum, Brent Maher  
3. "It's Too Late (To Love Me Now)"   Rory Michael Bourke, Gene Dobbins, Johnny Wilson  
4. "Up So High"   Randy Goodrum, Brent Maher  
5. "Leavin's for Unbelievers"   Randy Goodrum, Brent Maher  
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hey, Mr. Dreamaker"   Alan Tarney, Bruce Welch  
2. "Love's So Easy for Two"   Randy Goodrum, Brent Maher  
3. "Blue As I Want To"   Randy Goodrum, Brent Maher  
4. "All He Did Was Tell Me Lies"   Kim Carnes  
5. "We've Got Tonite"   Bob Seger  


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 13
Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US AC CAN Country
1979 "You Pick Me Up (And Put Me Down)" 12 50 28
1980 "A Lesson in Leavin'" 1 73 42 23
"Leavin's for Unbelievers" 13
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


  1. ^ Roland, Thom. "Special Delivery > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Special Delivery by Dottie West". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Dottie West > Singles chart positions". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Special Delivery > album chart positions". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 December 2009.