Patsy Cline

Live Broadcasts

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EMI/Capitol Special Markets and Razor & Tie released Live Broadcasts in 1997. The disc was a distilled ten-track version of Razor & Tie's The Birth of a Star, which featured 17 songs she performed on The Arthur Godfrey Show between 1957-1958. That compilation was a boon for collectors, but the purpose of Live Broadcasts is a little puzzling. Surely any serious Cline fan who wants these rare broadcasts would only buy them on The Birth of a Star, since it is a comprehensive overview, complete with liner notes and dialogue from the program. Casual fans of Cline will not be interested in this material, not only because it is live, but because there aren't many hits and the arrangements are more pop than country. There certainly is some good (or at least interesting) music on Live Broadcasts, but truth be told, it's better-heard on The Birth of a Star, even if this budget-price disc is considerably cheaper than its parent.

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