Undoubtedly one of the greatest singers in Country Music, Patsy Cline blazed a trail for all female vocalists who have followed her. "Walkin' After Midnight", her first major cross-over single to the Pop charts, is the lead-off track on this collection that's filled with the still-popular Patsy Cline classics.
Includes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
Personnel: Patsy Cline (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
THE BEST OF PATSY CLINE is drawn, with the exception of one track, from the first half of her career, the so-called Four Star period, named for the company she was under contract to at the time. All her recordings were produced by Owen Bradley in Nashville, but from 1960 onwards, Cline was less restricted in terms of her choice of material, and she and Bradley took a consciously crossover approach, recording more standards and pop tunes and emphasizing strings and the Jordanaires' backup vocals.
Within a more strictly country context, Bradley took just as many chances with the Four Star material, but the sessions have a lot more edge. Steel guitars chime and whine ("Hidin' Out," "Walkin' After Midnight") fiddles dig in, and several tracks are based around twangy, reverbed electric guitars knocking out rockabilly and R&B riffs ("There He Goes," "Hungry For Love"). Even on the poppier material and the occasional gospel number, there's an immediacy to these recordings, the sound of a handful of hot musicians working with an inspiring singer on a stack of great material.