Patsy Cline

Walkin' After Midnight: The Best of Patsy Cline [BMG]

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There are at least 14 different albums by singer Patsy Cline that contain the title Walkin' After Midnight, many on reputable labels like Collectables and Rhino, the latter publishing two separate albums with that same title, one in 1993, another in 1997. The beauty of this 7N/BMG release is that it was supervised by the great team of compilation producer Paul Williams at House of Hits and remaster engineer Bill Lacey from Digital Sound & Picture, a duo with a passion for adding some tender loving care to the music released on the 7N imprint. Colin Escott's liner notes in the eight-page booklet also make this version something extra special, with a mini-biography of the star and additional information and insight on these tracks. Reviewing the music from this country/pop icon would be as redundant as another five labels reissuing this material anytime soon. The spiritual "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" is as artistically triumphant as Cline's title track/first hit from March of 1957, while "That Wonderful Someone" remains as enjoyable as the tune "Just Out of Reach." Ten of these cuts were produced by the great Owen Bradley, with "Then You'll Know," "Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray," and "A Stranger in My Arms" listed as "producer unknown." The order of the songs on this disc is as precise as Escott's commentary, while the original recording dates and initial release information are included on the second and third pages of the booklet.

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