Patsy Cline – 50 Golden Greats: The Complete Early Years

ARTIST: Patsy Cline                                                                          cline-early

TITLE:  50 Golden Greats: The Complete Early Years

YEAR RELEASED: Compliation

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: The only charting one was Walking After Midnight (#12, #2 Country)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe?

LINEUP: Patsy Cline and session musicians

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Great sides from a great singer. These are not well known but are excellent.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Believe it or not, Cline really struggled to get a hit with traditional country songs and sounds. This compilation of Cline’s early work shows her excellence as a singer and interpreter, and you wonder why these didn’t chart.

“Walking After Midnight” was the only chart hit, but that shouldn’t keep you from this collection. There are a lot of tracks, and that may be a bit too much to bite off for a non-diehard, but I tried to find a song to jettison and so far have come up empty.

Cline would find greater success after 1960 (where this collection ends), but the stage was set here.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: These were released on Four Star records, based in Pasadena.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A-:  Sure, this may be a bit much to bite off, but it shows the depth and greatness in Cline’s voice.

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