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Remembering Patsy Cline

Remembering Patsy Cline

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A tribute to Patsy Cline is a bit of an odd duck, since Cline wasn't a songwriter. So what Remembering Patsy Cline offers is interpretations of her own sublime interpretations, and this turns the disc into something of a tribute to the great songwriters behind Cline's most haunting recordings. On that score, the dozen female artists


A tribute to Patsy Cline is a bit of an odd duck, since Cline wasn't a songwriter. So what Remembering Patsy Cline offers is interpretations of her own sublime interpretations, and this turns the disc into something of a tribute to the great songwriters behind Cline's most haunting recordings. On that score, the dozen female artists here do both the catalogue and Patsy proud. Terri Clark impresses with a swaggering, blues-inflected take on the Bob Hilliard–Milton DeLugg classic "Walkin' After Midnight," its arrangement dotted with acoustic guitar and organ punctuations that give way to fiddles and bristling electric guitars. Patty Griffin stays close to the classic amalgam of western swing and pop that producer Owen Bradley crafted for Cline in a heartrending version of Bob Wills's "Faded Love." Diana Krall employs a seductive near-whisper in retooling Willie Nelson's "Crazy" into a pop torch song, complete with discreet strings (an inadvertent homage to Cline's string arranger, Bob McElhiney?), woodwinds, and steadily shuffling brush work. Backed by a small combo and strings, Natalie Cole makes Harland Howard and Hank Cochran's enduring "I Fall to Pieces" a deliberate, touching heartbreak number, and Norah Jones reimagines "Why Can't He Be You" as a small combo–driven saloon song for the wee small hours. Jessie Alexander gives "So Wrong," Carl Perkins and Mel Tillis's wrenching blues ballad, a captivating honky-tonk arrangement and a gutsy, tear-stained vocal. In all, Patsy Cline's luminous, passionate singing is honored by a stellar cast that has surely found equal affection for the tunesmiths behind these towering songs.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Considering the spotty nature of many tributes, Remembering Patsy Cline -- which duplicates her 12 Greatest Hits collection, although in a different running order -- is remarkably consistent. Subtle and classy like its subject, these dozen tracks -- all by female artists -- generally bring out the jazzier, torchier side of Cline's material. So it's not surprising that jazz-pop singers such as Natalie Cole ("I Fall to Pieces"), Norah Jones ("Why Can't He Be You"), and Diana Krall ("Crazy") successfully take their songs in that direction. Generally, these versions are respectful to the originals. But when they go too far astray such as on Martina McBride's a cappella "Sweet Dreams" with Take 6's schlocky, unnecessary background vocals or Rebecca Lynn Howard's overly lavish production of "You're Stronger Than Me," the album doesn't fare as well. The low-key approach of Patty Griffin ("Faded Love") and especially Jones, who both find Cline's nimble balance between country, pop, and blues, works best. The lush, piano-accompanied "Leavin' on Your Mind" from k.d. lang is languid and lovely, if a bit stilted. But tougher bluesy versions of "She's Got You" from Lee Ann Womack and Terri Clark's "Walkin After Midnight" nail these songs, resulting in a few of this album's gutsiest performances. Youngster Michelle Branch injects a slight country catch in her voice on a slick but tight version of "Strange." More upbeat interpretations of Cline's songs would help pick up the pace on the album's final half, which tends to drag. Still, even with its faults, this is a worthy project that Cline admirers, and certainly fans of the artists here, will find a worthwhile addition to their libraries.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Adkins   Bass
Amy Grant   Vocals
Take 6   Background Vocals
Natalie Cole   Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Conductor
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Rob Mounsey   Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals
David Thomas   Group Member
Eric Darken   Percussion
Martina McBride   Vocals
Gary Prim   Piano
David Angell   Strings
Abe Appleman   Strings
Elena Barere   Strings
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Teddy Borowiecki   Piano
Clayton Cameron   Drums
John Catchings   Strings
Alvin Chea   Group Member
Terri Clark   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
John Clayton   Bass
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dennis Crouch   Bass
David Davidson   Strings
Cedric Dent   Group Member
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Barry Finclair   Strings
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Patty Griffin   Vocals
Jim Grosjean   Strings
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Tony Harrell   Piano
Hoot Hester   Fiddle
Mark Horn   Drums
Marabeth Jordan   Background Vocals
Mark Kibble   Background Vocals
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Doug Lancio   Guitar
k.d. lang   Vocals
Jeanne LeBlanc   Strings
Greg Leisz   Steel Guitar
Richard Locker   Strings
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Jan Mullen   Strings
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Organ,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
David Piltch   Acoustic Bass
Nardo Poy   Strings
Alison Prestwood   Bass
Michael Ramos   Keyboards
Andy Reiss   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Stewart Rose   French Horn
Jeff Ross   Electric Bass
Gray Sargent   Guitar
Kenny Sears   Fiddle
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Pamela Sklar   Flute
Marti Sweet   Strings
Greg Wells   Bass,Piano,Drums,chamberlain
Ellen Westerman   Strings
Bergen White   Background Vocals
Kris Wilkinson   Strings
Andrea Zonn   Background Vocals
Diana Krall   Piano,Vocals
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Anderer   French Horn
Avril Brown   Strings
Julie Landsman   French Horn
Jebin Bruni   Keyboards
Claude McKnight   Group Member
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Narcisco Figueroa   Strings
Maura Giannini   Strings
Lee Ann Womack   Vocals
Rick Vanaugh   Drums
Peter Winograd   Strings
Craig Young   Electric Guitar
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
David Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Joel Kibble   Group Member
Chuck Fields   Drums
Sam Yahel   Organ
Rebecca Lynn Howard   Vocals,Background Vocals
Andrew Borger   Drums
Johnny Cox   Steel Guitar
Vince Lionti   Strings
Ellen Payne   Strings
Jeffrey Taylor   Piano,Accordion
Michelle Branch   Vocals
Adam Levy   Guitar
Norah Jones   Piano,Vocals
Jessie Alexander   Vocals
Brian Standefer   Cello
Jeff Lang   French Horn
Mindy Kaufman   Flute
Jeneé Keener   Fiddle
Greg Kaczor   Acoustic Guitar
Kevin Post   Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Lee Alexander   Bass

Technical Credits

Don Gibson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Johnnie Lee Wills   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Alan Broadbent   String Arrangements
Rob Mounsey   Producer,String Arrangements
Martina McBride   Producer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Terri Clark   Producer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Vince Gill   Producer
Patty Griffin   Producer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Mark Kibble   Vocal Arrangements
Doug Lancio   Producer
k.d. lang   Producer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer,Executive Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Gary Nicholson   Producer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Greg Wells   Producer
Kris Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Billy Jack Wills   Composer
Mark Wright   Producer
Paul Kingsbury   Liner Notes
Alan Block   Composer
Danny Dill   Composer
Trey Bruce   Producer
Bernard Matthews   Engineer
Bobby Montgomery   Composer
Aya Takemura   Engineer
John Wills   Composer
David Buchanan   Engineer
Don Hecht   Composer
Fred Burch   Composer
Bruce Hinton   Producer
Norah Jones   Producer
John McBride   Engineer
Jimmy Key   Composer
Bob Montgomery   Composer
Tillis Burch   Composer

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Remembering Patsy Cline 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a huge mistake. It is without a doubt the worst tribute to Patsy Cline. The artists selected are all wrong. Where was LeAnn Rimes? The music is embarrassing to say the least, particularly Martina McBride. And, Natalie Cole as the lead off? What were they thinking? Gravel voice! What a shame, this could have been a great album with the right artists and musical background.
onesweetlarissa More than 1 year ago
great! relaxing and classic
Guest More than 1 year ago
Contrary to the other reviewers, this CD is no embarrassment. If you want to hear Patsy Cline, buy her albums. If you want to hear some contemporary performers cover her songs with their own interpretations, then buy this CD. Interesting mix of performers. Very enjoyable listening
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for pure interpretation of Patsy Cline's songs this is not the CD for you. Embarassing renditions by Martina McBride, the worst by Natalie Cole. Could have been a great album with other artists.