Patsy Cline

Faded Love

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FADED LOVE is an unusual Patsy Cline compilation in that it draws from the second half of her career. Cline's first recordings, produced by Owen Bradley between 1955 and 1960, were made for the Four Star company and were characterized by a freewheeling experimentation with honky tonk, rockabilly, r&b, gospel, and pop material and arrangements. From 1960 to 1963 she recorded directly for the Decca label, continuing to work with Bradley until her untimely death in a plane crash in 1963.

The Decca recordings were characterized by a successful effort to produce Cline as a pop artist, someone not constrained by the country genre in terms of material, audience, or chart success. Thus even straight-up country material like "Faded Love" and "Your Cheatin' Heart" had a sort of dreamy, heavy-lidded atmosphere that was a far cry from the twanging pedal steel of "Walkin' After Midnight" or the gritty rockabilly guitars of "Hungry For Love." If you're looking for moody crooning, Cline's the way to go.

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