Patsy Cline

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Although Patsy Cline recorded a tremendous amount of material in her short (a little under eight years) recording career, her legacy rests with her early-'60s material, when her timeless versions of songs like "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy" helped define the shift in country music to a more pop direction. Her recordings prior to 1960, though, due to an unusually restrictive contract in 1955 with Bill McCall's 4 Star publishing company, a contract that gave McCall complete control over what songs she could record, were something else again, and with the exception of 1956's "Walking After Midnight" and perhaps one or two other songs like "Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray," she seemed reined in and stifled as a singer. This stifled McCall era is what's covered in this brief set, and aside from the above two songs, it doesn't measure up to Cline's later, more famous work, although she certainly tried her best to make something of the substandard material.

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