Patsy Cline

Dear God

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Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn's careers overlapped, and in the early '60s they shared both a label, Decca, and a producer, Owen Bradley, but this album isn't a collection of duets: it simply collects seven gospel cuts by Lynn and three by Cline. Unlike her cuts on MCA's similar JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE, Cline's three tunes on DEAR GOD come from the more honky-tonk end of her catalog, so not only is the music a little harder-hitting, so are the lyrics, at least on the title cut.

The Loretta Lynn songs on this collection also rely more on traditional instrumentation such as pedal steel, banjo, and acoustic guitar, than the strings and backup vocals of CLOSER WALK's material. While credited on the back tray to Cline, "Working For the Lord" is actually one of Lynn's tunes, featuring a spoken recitation set off by a war metaphor. Like many of MCA's country reissues, DEAR GOD lacks any documentation of songwriting credits, recording dates, or session personnel.

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