Patti Page

The Command Performance Collection

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The Command Performance Collection is an unjustly grand title for what's actually an anthology of '80s recordings, dominated by remakes of songs with which Patti Page had big hits in the '50s. It's almost never a good idea to visit past glories long after the fact, and these tracks, done for the Plantation label in the '80s, aren't exceptions to that rule. Backed by bland country-pop arrangements, Page remade many of her big pop hits from three decades or so earlier, including "Tennessee Waltz," "The Doggie in the Window," and "Old Cape Cod," though a cover of John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind" is included on this anthology as well. Page's vocals were still up to par, and she did actually have a bit of country chart success on this period; "A Poor Man's Roses," which is on this anthology, made it to number 66 in 1981. But these are unnecessary re-recordings that should be skipped in favor of the more famous, more popular originals.

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