The Bargain Store

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The Bargain Store
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released February 17, 1975
Recorded RCA Studios, Nashville, December 1974 – January 1975
Genre Country
Label RCA Records
Producer Bob Ferguson, Porter Wagoner
Dolly Parton chronology
Love Is Like a Butterfly
(1974)Love Is Like a Butterfly1974
The Bargain Store
Best of Dolly Parton
(1975)Best of Dolly Parton1975
Singles from The Bargain Store
  1. "The Bargain Store"
    Released: January 25, 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

The Bargain Store is Dolly Parton's 15th solo studio album, released in 1975. In the Parton-penned title track, one of her best-known compositions, she used worn, second-hand merchandise in a discount store as a metaphor for a woman damaged by an ill-fated relationship. The song was dropped from a number of country stations' playlists when programmers mistook the line "you can easily afford the price" as a thinly veiled reference to prostitution. Despite the decrease in airplay, the song nonetheless topped the U.S. country singles charts in April 1975.

The album was largely made up of Parton's own compositions but also contained Merle Haggard's "You'll Always Be Special to Me". (Haggard, in turn, covered Parton's "Kentucky Gambler", from this album, later in 1975.)

The album was re-released for the first time in December 2013. It was made available as a digital download on iTunes.[2] This is the first time that eight of the songs ("When I'm Gone", "The Only Hand You'll Need to Hold", "I Want to Be What You Need", "Love to Remember", "You'll Always Be Special to Me", "He Would Know" and "I'll Never Forget") have been made available outside of the original LP, cassette and eight-track releases of the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Dolly Parton unless otherwise noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."The Bargain Store" December 4, 19742:44
2."Kentucky Gambler" May 23, 19732:40
3."When I'm Gone" December 11, 19742:16
4."The Only Hand You'll Need to Hold" December 4, 19742:12
5."On My Mind Again"Porter WagonerDecember 11, 19742:51
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
6."I Want to Be What You Need" December 9, 19742:42
7."Love to Remember" December 11, 19742:33
8."You’ll Always Be Special to Me"Merle HaggardDecember 11, 19742:23
9."He Would Know" December 9, 19742:34
10."I’ll Never Forget" December 11, 19742:47


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