1987 Dolly Parton – Rainbow

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. The song Every Day Hero was (co-)written by Blaise Tosti.

Tracks

1  The River Unbroken (David Batteau, Darrell Brown) 4:33
2  I Know You By Heart (George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam, Dean Pitchford) 4:20
3  Dumb 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 (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

Media

Musicians

1 The River Unbroken

BassBob Glaub
Drums (programming)John Vigran
Drums (programming)Steve Goldstein
Slide GuitarKevin Dukes
Acoustic GuitarWaddy Wachtel
SynthesizerSteve Goldstein
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsRichard Dennison
VocalsDolly Parton


2 I Know You By Heart

BassLeland Sklar
Drums (programming)John Vigran
Drums (programming)Craig Krampf
Drums (programming)Steve Goldstein
GuitarDann Huff
SynthesizerBill Cuomo
SynthesizerSteve Goldstein
HarmonicaHammer Smith
VocalsSmokey Robinson
VocalsDolly Parton


3 Dumb The Dude

Bass (synthesizer)Steve Goldstein
Drums (programming)Craig Krampf
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsSteve Goldstein
SaxTom Scott
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
VocalsDolly Parton


4 Red Hot Screaming Love

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Slide GuitarRick Vito
12 String GuitarDanny Kortchmar
PianoSteve Goldstein
SynthesizerBill Cuomo
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsMike Chapman
Background VocalsRichard Dennison
VocalsDolly Parton


5 Make Love Work

BassLeland Sklar
Drums (programming)Craig Krampf
Drums (programming)Steve Goldstein
Pedal Steel GuitarAl Perkins
PianoSteve Goldstein
SynthesizerSteve Goldstein
SaxTom Scott
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsRichard Dennison
VocalsDolly Parton


6 Everyday Hero

Bass (synthesizer)Steve Goldstein
Drums (programming)Steve Goldstein
Drums (programming)Craig Krampf
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Pedal Steel GuitarAl Perkins
SynthesizerRobert O’Hearn
Background VocalsBlaise Tosti
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsRichard Dennison
VocalsDolly Parton


7 Two Lovers

Bass (synthesizer)Steve Goldstein
Drums (programming)Craig Krampf
Drums (programming)Steve Goldstein
Pedal Steel GuitarAl Perkins
SynthesizerSteve Goldstein
Background VocalsAnita Ball
Background VocalsRichard Dennison
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel
VocalsDolly Parton


8 Could I Have Your Autograph

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
Drums (programming)Craig Krampf
Drums (programming)Steve Goldstein
GuitarDann Huff
Pedal Steel GuitarAl Perkins
BanjoBuck Trent
SynthesizerSteve Goldstein
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
VocalsDolly Parton


9 Savin`it For You

Bass (synthesizer)Steve Goldstein
Drums (programming)Craig Krampf
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Pedal Steel GuitarAl Perkins
SynthesizerSteve Goldstein
ViolinBobby Bruce
Background VocalsAnita Ball
Background VocalsRichard Dennison
VocalsDolly Parton


10 More Than I Can Say

HarpsichordPatricia Mabee
VocalsDolly Parton

Liner Notes

Producer – Steve Goldstein
Executive Producer – Dolly Parton
Arranged By – Dolly Parton, Steve Goldstein
Recorded By (Assistant) – Bob Loftus, Brett Swain, Brian Scheuble, Rail Rogut
Recorded By, Mixed By – Richard Bosworth

Arranged By [Orchestra], Conductor (Orchestra) – David Campbell (Tracks 5, 10)
Leader (Concertmaster) – Sid Page (Track 10)
Recorded By (Orchestra) – Allen Sides (Track 10)

Art Direction – Tony Lane, Nancy Donald
Photography By – Annie Leibovitz, Raul Vega

Pressed By – Jugoton – ULP 2253
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Recorded At – Record One, Los Angeles