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Patsy set the standard for female country singers, with many of those that followed trying (or so it seemed) to be the next Patsy Cline - even today, forty years after her death in a plane crash. All but one of Patsy's classic songs can be found on this collection. Crazy was a top ten pop hit in America and (in 1990) a top twenty hit in Britain. Heartaches was Patsy's first American top forty pop hit. Don Gibson wrote Sweet dreams and had a big country hit with it, but once Patsy recorded it, it became much more popular and will be forever thought of as a Patsy Cline song. She's got you was an American top twenty pop hit and was also Patsy's first British hit, albeit only a minor one I fall to pieces was yet another top twenty pop hit in America. Walking after midnight is the song that began it all for Patsy in the fifties. Poor man's roses, Back in baby's arms and Leaving on your mind are other Patsy classics included here. The only serious omission is Faded love, a cover of a Bob Wills song that, like Sweet dreams, is regarded as a Patsy Cline classic despite being a cover.
Adequate compensation for the omission of Faded love is provided via Patsy's fine interpretations of Your cheating heart (Hank Williams), I love you so much it hurts (Eddy Arnold), Wayward wind (Gogi Grant), South of the border (Gene Autry), True Love (Bing Crosby), San Antonio rose (Bob Wills), You belong to me (Jo Stafford) and many other fine songs.
This compilation is arguably the strongest single CD of Patsy's music available despite the omission of Faded love.
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on June 30, 2000
The most haunting and lovely voice ever to come out of country music belonged to Patsy Cline, whose life was cut tragically short in 1963 by a plane crash. This collection captures Cline's spirit and breath-takingly beautiful voice. It does not, however, cover the span of her career--those early honky-tonk/rockabilly records that she made for labels like FourStar. These songs come from the sessions produced by Owen Bradley in the early 60s. One of Cline's biggest hits (both country and pop) from 1957 was a very haunting and twangy rendition of "Walkin' After Midnight." A different version of that song is on this collection--a brighter, more up-tempo version of a very lonely and very "country" song--seek out the original. Two of the most succulent ballads, country or otherwise, ever recorded--Willie Nelson's "Crazy," and "I Fall to Pieces"--are also included on this collection. Next time you're in a bar, play "Crazy," and see what it does to the place; that's the magic of Patsy Cline. There are also some other pop standards here which Cline treats rather well: Gogi Grant's "The Wayward Wind" is sung in a slow and deliberate fashion. "You Belong to Me" is also mellow, and backed, I believe, by the Jordanaires. And there's a very lovely version of "South of the Border," a tale, like many of the songs Cline sings, of unrequited love. "Sweet Dreams" is a haunting and, in some ways, disturbing melody, as we know that it was one of the songs included in the last sessions Cline ever recorded, weeks, I believe, before her untimely death.
If you're new to Patsy Cline's voice, this is the collection for you to begin with. You won't regret it. It will provide you with listening pleasure forever.
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on August 30, 2001
If you can only buy ONE Patsy Cline Album, this may be the one! Many of her hits are here including Crazy, Walkin' After Midnight, Sweet Dreams, etc. This is far superior than her greatest hits collection which contains 12 songs while this album contains 24. I was NEVER a fan of her until I actually sat down and listened to this album. Also, an excellent addition to this may be the Patsy Cline, A Standards Collection. This standards album contains some great performances including Always and You Made Me Love You. Always is the definitive example of a master of vocal control. I must add that I am NOT a fan of country music, however Patsy rises above the pack!
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on October 6, 2000
I have never been a country and western fan, but I recently stumbled across this cd and was amazed at the clarity and fullness of Patsy Cline. She is a rare artist that transcends music genres. This Owen Bradley production surrounds her strong voice with lush instruments and horns, and lets you drown in the words and thoughts of many of country's best songwriters. This is an album you buy because you appreciate good music. Quite frankly, I'm embarrassed I didn't appreciate her sound years ago after hearing this album.
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on November 24, 1998
This 24 song collection contains is a perfect introduction as it not only contains the hits, but also lesser known tracks. Her interpretations of contemporary pop tunes at the time like "You Belong To Me" and "The Wayward Wind" are as "classic" as her hits like "I Fall To Pieces,"Crazy," and "She's Got You." This is the most complete single disc compilation of her work that I've ever seen and is the disc to start your Patsy collection with.
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on June 14, 2000
Ever heard a Patsy Cline song ("Crazy", "Walking After Midnight", or "I Fall To Pieces"), and wanted to hear more? Then this is THE album to buy.
By no means a definitive Patsy Cline collection, this CD bundles most of the choicest gems of her short career into one affordable package.
Whether you're a country music fan or not, the songs here have a timeless quality that will certainly appeal to music listeners for many generations to come.
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on December 4, 1998
From the heartache of "Why Can't He Be You" to the fun of "Tra Le La Le La Triangle" and on to the Bob Wills' classic "San Antonio Rose", this single album has all the best Patsy Cline recordings. Here are the love songs that defined a musical era, along with western swing classics, all on a single CD. This collection is the BEST single album available. The only song missing is the classic, one of a kind, "Never No More".
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If you can only buy one Patsy Cline CD, this is it. All of her biggest hits are here, as well as a few of the minor (but no less important) ones. I've had the cassette and record album versions of this compilation for years and was thrilled to find it on CD. Patsy Cline was the best; this collection shows you why!
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on February 23, 2003
This is the one to get for your collection. Sheer enjoyment! A great talent captured here to be enjoyed over and over again. If only we could have comparable contemporary talent. The nuisances and song interpretations are subtle, yet outstanding!
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on September 11, 1998
This CD has roughly two dozen tracks demonstrating a full range of Patsy Cline's abilities as a singer. From ballads to faster songs such as "Seven Lonely Days," Patsy covers them all with ease. Any country music fan MUST have this CD.
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