Walkin' After Midnight [LaserLight]

Patsy Cline

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Walkin' After Midnight [LaserLight] Review

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Patsy Cline began recording for the Four Star company in 1955 but didn't really achieve any notoriety until she performed "Walkin' After Midnight" on the Arthur Godfrey show early in 1957. The song had been recorded only a handful of weeks before and still wasn't pressed up when requests for it began pouring in. Cline remained under contract to Four Star until 1960, when she signed to Decca and began turning out a string of solid pop hits, beginning with "I Fall to Pieces."

When she died in a tragic plane crash in 1963, she left behind a stack of unreleased material that Decca continued to issue into the next year. Offering 14 of the Four Star tunes, WALKIN' AFTER MIDNIGHT highlights the experimentation Cline undertook with producer Owen Bradley in the '50s. "That's How Much I Love You," "Crazy Dreams," and the title cut are pure country, "Love, Love, Love Me, Honey Do" is in a rockabilly vein while dreamy pop ballads like "If I Could Only Stay Asleep" and "Cry Not For Me" contrast with the R&B shuffle of "There He Goes."

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