Sweet Dreams: The Complete Decca Studio Masters 1960-1963

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hip-O Select's 2010 double-disc set Sweet Dreams: The Complete Decca Masters 1960-1963 gathers all of the 51 master takes Patsy Cline recorded with Owen Bradley after she left 4 Star Records for Decca in 1960, running right until her tragic death in 1963. This is the first time all these master takes have been issued in a complete set, which is hard to believe because they form the core of Cline's legacy. Patsy had been recording frequently since 1954 when she first signed a deal with 4 Star, but the label's president, Bill McCall, insisted that she only recorded songs for which he owned the publishing rights, a restrictive deal that resulted in only one hit, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hip-O Select's 2010 double-disc set Sweet Dreams: The Complete Decca Masters 1960-1963 gathers all of the 51 master takes Patsy Cline recorded with Owen Bradley after she left 4 Star Records for Decca in 1960, running right until her tragic death in 1963. This is the first time all these master takes have been issued in a complete set, which is hard to believe because they form the core of Cline's legacy. Patsy had been recording frequently since 1954 when she first signed a deal with 4 Star, but the label's president, Bill McCall, insisted that she only recorded songs for which he owned the publishing rights, a restrictive deal that resulted in only one hit, the classic career-making "Walkin' After Midnight." This was a fluke not due to Cline's talent, but to the dross she had at 4-Star, material that couldn't be saved even with her increasing partnership with producer Owen Bradley. Once at Decca, Cline continued to work with Bradley and the pair soon hit upon what became Cline's signature sound: a lush, gorgeous, string-laden setting, equally indebted to Nashville and classic big-band pop, one that pushed her supple vocals to the forefront. It was a sound that wasn't classically country, at least in the honky tonk sense, but it pushed country closer to pop, providing the blueprint for generations of crossover country singers. This lasting legacy gives the impression that Cline was more popular -- and recorded more music -- during her prime than she actually was, when she really had about two years of popularity, highlighted by the singles "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You," and "Sweet Dreams Of You." All these are here, along with a 1961 remake of "Walkin' After Midnight," sitting alongside a bunch of big band "The Wayward Wind," "You Belong to Me," "South of the Border Down Mexico Way," "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home" and country standards "San Antonio Rose," "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Faded Love," "Crazy Arms", with the former slightly outweighing the latter, sometimes overshadowing the newer country originals by Harlan Howard, Mel Tillis, and Don Gibson, among others. As a whole, these master takes surprisingly favor the big band over country, paying enough of a debt to her influences particularly Jo Stafford to suggest a talent in ascendance, not full-fight, but in away that only makes Cline's legacy resonate more deeply. Given time, she would surely have achieved more, but what she did in the 28 months documented here is create the sound and style of the modern country-pop singer, an achievement that resonates strongly throughout the big-band echoes here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527273891
  • Catalog Number: 001379302
  • Sales rank: 41,580

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Fall To Pieces (2:49)
  2. 2 Shoes (2:26)
  3. 3 Lovin' in Vain (2:11)
  4. 4 True Love (2:07)
  5. 5 San Antonio Rose (2:20)
  6. 6 The Wayward Wind (3:21)
  7. 7 A Poor Man’s Roses (Or a Rich Man’s Gold) (2:37)
  8. 8 Crazy (2:43)
  9. 9 Who Can I Count On (2:16)
  10. 10 Seven Lonely Days (2:12)
  11. 11 I Love You So Much It Hurts (2:14)
  12. 12 Foolin' Around (2:13)
  13. 13 Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue) (2:12)
  14. 14 South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) (2:26)
  15. 15 Walkin' After Midnight (2:00)
  16. 16 Strange (2:12)
  17. 17 You're Stronger Than Me (2:53)
  18. 18 She's Got You (3:00)
  19. 19 You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It) (2:47)
  20. 20 You Belong To Me (3:04)
  21. 21 Heartaches (2:12)
  22. 22 Your Cheatin' Heart (2:22)
  23. 23 That's My Desire (3:03)
  24. 24 Half As Much (2:29)
  25. 25 Lonely Street (2:34)
  26. 26 Anytime (1:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Were Only Fooling (While I Was Falling In Love) (1:58)
  2. 2 I Can't Help It (If I'm Falling in Love with You) (2:57)
  3. 3 You're Stronger Than Me (2:39)
  4. 4 When I Get Thru with You (You'll Love Me Too) (2:38)
  5. 5 Imagine That (2:56)
  6. 6 So Wrong (3:01)
  7. 7 Why Can't He Be You (3:27)
  8. 8 Your Kinda Love (2:34)
  9. 9 When You Need a Laugh (2:51)
  10. 10 Leavin' on Your Mind (2:26)
  11. 11 Back in Baby's Arms (2:04)
  12. 12 Tra Le La Le La Triangle (2:14)
  13. 13 That's How a Heartache Begins (2:16)
  14. 14 Faded Love (3:45)
  15. 15 Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You) (2:52)
  16. 16 Love Letters In the Sand (2:25)
  17. 17 Blue Moon of Kentucky (2:09)
  18. 18 Sweet Dreams (of You) (2:34)
  19. 19 Always (2:42)
  20. 20 Does Your Heart Beat For Me (2:38)
  21. 21 Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home (2:47)
  22. 22 He Called Me Baby (2:41)
  23. 23 Crazy Arms (2:25)
  24. 24 You Took Him Off My Hands (3:00)
  25. 25 I'll Sail My Ship Alone (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patsy Cline Primary Artist, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Organ, Piano
Hank Garland Electric Guitar
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Grady Martin Electric Guitar
Bill Pursell Organ, Vibes
Martin Katahn Violin
Ben Keith Steel Guitar
Byron Bach Violin, Cello
Brenton Banks Violin
George Binkley III Violin
Harold Bradley Electric Bass, 6-string Electric Bass
Ray Edenton Rhythm Guitar
Solie Fott Violin
Buddy Harman Drums
Hoyt Hawkins Background Vocals
Walter Haynes Steel Guitar
Lillian Hunt Violin
Millie Kirkham Background Vocals
Wayne Moss Electric Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Gordon Stoker Background Vocals
Joe Zinkan Acoustic Bass
Cecil Brower Violin, Viola
John Bright Viola
Howard Carpenter Violin, Viola
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Wilda Tinsley Violin
Bob Moore Acoustic Bass
Randy Hughes Acoustic Guitar
Rita Faye Wilson Autoharp
Neal Matthews Jr. Background Vocals
Michael Semanitzky Violin
Gary Williams Violin
Ed Tarpley Viola
Nancy Hearn Violin
Suzanne Parker Violin
Doug Kirkham Drums
Verne Richardson Violin
Mildred Onk Violin
Grady Martion Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Don Gibson Composer
Skeets McDonald Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Russ Morgan Composer
Roy Drusky Composer
Bill Justis Arranger
Freddie Hart Composer
Justin Tubb Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Larry Fotine Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Carl Belew Composer
Henry Bernard Composer
Marshall Brown Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes
Bob Hilliard Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Nick Kenny Composer
Bill McElhiney Arranger
Andy McKaie Producer
Ralph Mooney Composer
Herb Newman Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Webb Pierce Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Velma Smith Composer
Wynn Stewart Composer
Wayne Walker Composer
Marijohn Wilkin Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Curley Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Milton DeLugg Composer
Alden Shuman Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Danny Dill Composer
Arnold Johnson Composer
Les Leverett Cover Photo
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Sammy Masters Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
James V. Monaco Composer
Chuck Seals Composer
Carroll Loveday Composer
Lois Mann Composer
Earl Shuman Composer
Kenny Sowder Composer
Henry Thurston Composer
Fred Burch Composer
Morry Burns Composer
Billy Faber Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Hughie Cannon Composer
Jimmie Hodges Composer
Chilton Price Composer
Fred Meadows Composer
Jimmy Key Composer
Charles Kenny Composer
Andrew Labarrere Licensing
Helmy Kresa Composer
Stan Lebowski Composer
John Kenner Composer
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