Released in February 1984, "The Great Pretender" is Dolly’s 26th solo studio album and features a selection of popular cover songs from the 1950s and 60s.
The album was Dolly’s first to be issued on the new compact disc format at the time.
"The Great Pretender" peaked at No. 7 on the U.S. Country Music Albums Charts and No. 73 on the U.S. Top 200 Albums Charts.