The Winning Hand

The Winning Hand

by Dolly Parton



In 1982, Willie Nelson, at a commercial peak, was recording prolifically, releasing albums not only under his own name alone, but also in duos with other artists. Still, this record was more expansive than most, a double LP featuring Nelson, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, and Kris Kristofferson in solo performances and in duets. The genesis of the unusual project may have been Nelson and Parton's debt of gratitude to Monument Records and its founder, Fred Foster. The label had fallen on hard times lately, and The Winning Hand seems to have been an attempt to reactivate it. Kristofferson had recorded for Monument since 1970 (and his two solo selections on the album, "Here Comes That Rainbow Again" and "The Bandits of Beverly Hills," had been released as a single the year before). Lee had no association with Monument, but must have welcomed the opportunity to record with currently bigger stars like Nelson. The result is a typically mixed collection of remade oldies and new songs. Going with the two big stars, Monument released Parton and Nelson's rendition of Parton's "Everything's Beautiful" and was rewarded with a Top Ten country hit. Lee and Nelson's "You're Gonna Love Yourself (In the Morning)" was also a country chart entry. Other highlights include Kristofferson's "Here Comes That Rainbow Again" (a musicalization of a passage in The Grapes of Wrath), Kristofferson and Lee's remake of his 1978 song "The Bigger the Fool, the Harder the Fall," Nelson and Kristofferson's remake of Nelson's 1967 song "To Make a Long Story Short, She's Gone," and Nelson's "King of a Lonely Castle." [When The Winning Hand was released originally as a double LP running only an hour, it was something of a ripoff for the money; since reissued as a single budget-priced CD, it's now a bargain.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/1998
Label: Delta
UPC: 0018111462624
catalogNumber: 46026

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dolly Parton   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Kris Kristofferson   Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Track Performer
Brenda Lee   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Liner Notes
Kris Kristofferson   Composer,Contributor
Willie Nelson   Composer,Contributor
Dolly Parton   Composer,Contributor
Ray Stevens   Composer
Bill Justis   String Arrangements
Danny Epps   Composer
Stephen Bruton   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Fred Foster   Composer,Contributor,Remixing
Brenda Lee   Contributor
Charlie Tallent   Engineer,Contributor,Remixing
Mike Utley   Composer
Barry Buxkamper   Paintings
Ken Kim   Art Direction
Gene Eichengerger   Engineer
Bill Porter   Engineer
Bill Owens   Composer

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