The Patsy Cline Collection

The Patsy Cline Collection

by Patsy Cline


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If an artist ever deserved a box set chronicling her entire career, it is Patsy Cline. Having recorded 102 sides between 1955 and her death at the age of 30 in 1963, Cline changed not only country music forever, but affected the world of pop as well. Over four CDs, arranged chronologically, the listener gets treated to a story in the development and maturation of a cultural icon who was at least, in terms of her gift, the equal of her legend. Discs one and two document the recordings Cline made for the 4 Star label between 1955 and 1960. Here are not only the roots and branches of Cline as a song stylist, but also the full arrival of the artist. Cline recorded honky tonk, gospel, some bluegrass, and country standards as well as some awe-inspiring rockabilly. Her voice takes the heart of each song, bends it to her emotional will, and transforms it into a vehicle for the listener to carry within herself. Some of the songs here are radio transcriptions that were tacked onto singles as B-sides, while others are alternate takes, but the vast majority were officially released tracks. Along with a 1954 radio transcription of Cliff Grimsley's honky tonk boogie number "Walking the Dog" is a live version of J.D. Miller's classic "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" from the same program. But the rockabilly of Sammy Masters' "Turn the Cards Slowly" from 1955 is a wooly departure. In early 1956, Cline scored "I Don't Wanna," with her mature style making its first impression on wax. "Stop Look & Listen" was another venture into rockabilly that would not have been out of place on a Johnny Burnette or Gene Vincent record. But only a few months later Cline was in the studio recording the definitive version of Webb Pierce's "Yes, I Know Why." The initial version of "Walking After Midnight" with its lazy, swinging Western stroll that shuffled slowly enough for a Bob Wills tune and was gutsy enough to be a slow rockabilly number was recorded the same year. From here to end of disc one, the tracks become more and more consistent while the voice takes more and more chances with its prowess and emotional range. "Try Again," from April of 1957, is so lush it could have been rearranged by Nelson Riddle. So smooth and beautiful is the tune, it left a lot of country fans at the time scratching their heads. Disc two, which documents 1958-1960, offers the listener Cline completing her restless transition from a country singer who experimented with different styles to a vocalist who mastered any type of music she set her voice to sing. Here are the tracks like "Crazy Dreams," "Loose Talk," "I Fall to Pieces," "San Antonio Rose," "Lovesick Blues," "Gotta Lotta Rhythm in My Soul," and the amazingly unheard "How Can I Face Tomorrow." The third disc, which charts her transition to Decca Records, is comprised of some of the greatest torch songs released between 1961 and 1962, among them "Crazy," "Have You Ever Been Lonely," "You Made Me Love You," the single version of "Walkin' After Midnight" that became an international smash, and the haunting "That's My Desire." Finally, in the last year and a half of her life, Cline had become a singer that other writers sought out. There are the single and radio transcription versions of "Leavin' on Your Mind," a rollicking read of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (that blows Elvis' away), "Always," "Crazy Arms," "He Called Me Baby," "Sweet Dreams (Of You)," and the last track she ever cut, "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." Eerie, isn't it? In addition to the 102 tracks here is a booklet packed with photos, complete session notes, interviews with surviving Grand Ole Opry members, a reprint of the Nashville Banner's front page reporting the fatal crash that killed Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and others, and excellent liner notes by Paul Kingsbury of the Country Music Foundation. Indispensable, comprehensive, and not nearly enough.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/1991
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811042141
catalogNumber: 10421


Disc 1

  1. I'm Walking the Dog
  2. It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
  3. Turn The Cards Slowly
  4. A Church, A Courtroom, And Then Goodbye
  5. Honky Tonk Merry Go Round
  6. I Love You, Honey
  7. Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home)
  8. I Don't Wanta
  9. Stop, Look And Listen
  10. I've Loved And Lost Again
  11. Yes, I Understand
  12. For Rent
  13. Walkin' After Midnight
  14. The Heart You Break May Be Your Own
  15. Pick Me Up (On Your Way Down)
  16. A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)
  17. Today, Tomorrow And Forever
  18. Don't Ever Leave Me Again
  19. Try Again
  20. Too Many Secrets
  21. Then You'll Know
  22. Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray
  23. That Wonderful Someone
  24. In Care Of The Blues
  25. Hungry for Love
  26. I Can't Forget
  27. If I Could See The World (Through The Eyes Of A Child)

Disc 2

  1. Just Out Of Reach
  2. I Can See An Angel
  3. Let the Teardrops Fall
  4. Never No More
  5. If I Could Only Stay Asleep
  6. I'm Moving Along
  7. I'm Blue Again
  8. Love, Love, Love Me, Honey Do
  9. Yes, I Understand
  10. Gotta Lot Of Rhythm In My Soul
  11. Life's Railway To Heaven
  12. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
  13. Lovesick Blues
  14. How Can I Face Tomorrow
  15. There He Goes
  16. Crazy Dreams
  17. When Your House Is Not A Home
  18. Stupid Cupid
  19. Loose Talk
  20. I Fall to Pieces
  21. Shoes
  22. Lovin' In Vain
  23. Side By Side
  24. True Love
  25. San Antonio Rose
  26. The Wayward Wind
  27. A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)

Disc 3

  1. Crazy
  2. Who Can I Count On
  3. Seven Lonely Days
  4. I Love You So Much It Hurts
  5. Foolin' Around
  6. Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)
  7. South of the Border
  8. Walkin' After Midnight
  9. Strange
  10. You're Stronger Than Me
  11. Come On In (And Make Yourself At Home)
  12. A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)
  13. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
  14. She's Got You
  15. You Made Me Love You
  16. You Belong to Me
  17. Heartaches
  18. Your Cheatin' Heart
  19. That's My Desire
  20. Half As Much
  21. Lonely Street
  22. Anytime
  23. You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling In Love)
  24. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
  25. You're Stronger Than Me
  26. When I Get Thru With You (You'll Love Me Too)
  27. Imagine That
  28. So Wrong

Disc 4

  1. Why Can't He Be You
  2. Your Kinda Love
  3. When You Need A Laugh
  4. Leavin' on Your Mind
  5. Back In Baby's Arms
  6. Tra Le La Le La Triangle
  7. That's How A Heartache Begins
  8. Leavin' on Your Mind
  9. Tennessee Waltz
  10. Faded Love
  11. Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)
  12. Love Letters In The Sand
  13. Blue Moon Of Kentucky
  14. Sweet Dreams
  15. Always
  16. Does Your Heart Beat for Me?
  17. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
  18. He Called Me Baby
  19. Crazy Arms
  20. You Took Him Off My Hands
  21. I'll Sail My Ship Alone
  22. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patsy Cline   Primary Artist,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Electric Guitar
Don Helms   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Fiddle,Electric Guitar
Bill Pursell   Organ,Vibes
Martin Katahn   Violin
Ben Keith   Steel Guitar
Byron Bach   Cello
Brenton Banks   Violin
George Binkley   Violin
Harold Bradley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass
Owen Bradley   Piano
Ray Edenton   Rhythm Guitar
Solie Fott   Violin
Walter Haynes   Steel Guitar
Lillian Hunt   Violin
Wayne Moss   Electric Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Gary Williams   Violin
Joe Zinkan   Acoustic Bass
Cecil Brower   Violin,Viola
John Bright   Viola
Howard Carpenter   Viola
Farris Coursey   Drums
Wilda Tinsley   Violin
Bob Moore   Acoustic Bass
Jack Shook   Acoustic Guitar
Rita Faye Wilson   Autoharp
Michael Semanitzky   Violin

Technical Credits

Victor Herbert   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Johnnie Lee Wills   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Larry Fotine   Composer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Marshall Brown   Composer
Billy Burkes   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Bill McElhiney   Arranger
Eddie Miller   Composer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Alan Stoker   Engineer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Billy Jack Wills   Composer
Paul Kingsbury   Liner Notes
Alden Shuman   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Alan Block   Composer
Danny Dill   Composer
Durwood Haddock   Composer
Arnold Johnson   Composer
Don Reid   Composer
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Tex Satterwhite   Composer
W.S. Stevenson   Arranger,Composer
Sammy Masters   Composer
Don Hecht   Composer
Burton Levy   Composer
Carroll Loveday   Composer
Glenn Reeves   Composer
Rita Ross   Composer
Earl Shuman   Composer
Charles Beam   Composer
Lillian Clarborne   Composer
Billy Faber   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Charles L. Jiles   Composer
Jimmy Crawford   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
Helmy Kressa   Composer
Jimmie Hodges   Composer
Chilton Price   Composer
Virginia Hensley   Composer
Richard Pope   Composer
Fred Meadows   Composer
Jimmy Key   Composer
Bob Montgomery   Composer
James Crawford   Composer

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The Patsy Cline Collection 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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What an artist,what a talent many times copied but nobody will ever master her style.