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25 All-Time Greatest Recordings: The 4-Star Sessions 1955-1960
     

25 All-Time Greatest Recordings: The 4-Star Sessions 1955-1960

by Patsy Cline
 
The title is a tad deceptive, since Cline's best and most influential work was several years ahead of her when she cut these early tracks. But this generous collection (which actually includes a 26th track, an alternate take of "I Don't Wanta") offers a good sampling of the work Cline did for the 4-Star label, prior to her history-making association with Decca and

Overview

The title is a tad deceptive, since Cline's best and most influential work was several years ahead of her when she cut these early tracks. But this generous collection (which actually includes a 26th track, an alternate take of "I Don't Wanta") offers a good sampling of the work Cline did for the 4-Star label, prior to her history-making association with Decca and producer Owen Bradley, the architect of the lush, string-laden sound that made her country's top female vocalist in the early 1960s. Here, she's still figuring out her strengths as a performer, dipping into a diverse array of styles ranging from weepy balladry to flat-out rockabilly. The only major hit here is Cline's breakthrough single "Walkin' After Midnight," along with such notable numbers as "There He Goes," "Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray," and the torchy "A Church, a Courtroom, and Then Goodbye." Despite the absence of most of the artist's best known hits, fans will find much to enjoy in this package.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Varese's 2000 collection is billed as 25 All-Time Greatest Recordings but pay attention to the subtitle -- it makes clear that this is "The 4-Star Sessions 1955-1960," recordings made before Patsy Cline signed to Decca and started to have big hits. So, this does not live up to its billing as her "greatest recordings," but that doesn't mean it doesn't serve a purpose. As a matter of fact, it's very useful in collecting the best moments of her early 4-Star recordings, when Cline not only cut pure country but also sides that bordered on rockabilly. This has been released in many different forms before, including complete sets that will appeal to the serious collectors, but those who just want a well-produced sampling of this era won't go wrong with this.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206616521
catalogNumber:
066165
Rank:
2250

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patsy Cline   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Carl Belew   Composer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Harlan Howard   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Durwood Haddock   Composer
Hal Willis   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Tex Satterwhite   Composer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Sammy Masters   Composer
Don Hecht   Composer
Burton Levy   Composer
Glenn Reeves   Composer
Ginger Willis   Composer
Charles Beam   Composer
Charlotte White   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Charles L. Jiles   Composer
Jack Moon   Composer
Virginia Hensley   Composer
Richard Pope   Composer
Mary Lu Jeans   Composer
C. C. Beam   Composer
V. F. "Pappy" Stewart   Composer

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