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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential compilation,
I have been looking for a Patsy Cline compilation for a while now and although it only covers her Decca recordings it is the best one to have for that period of her career. This is mainly due to the remastering which has really brought out the best of her voice and the fantastic strings on some tracks. The stereo presence is excellent and in the car it sounds beautiful. Having her lesser known songs on the album is good as I might not otherwise have heard them, there isn't a bad song on this compilation. I highly recommend this album.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cline Legacy,
Unbelievably there have been almost 400 compilation albums devoted to Patsy Cline. Unbelievable because her recording career only started in earnest in 1957 and ended with her tragic death just 6 years later. It also begs the question is yet another compilation required? Her work before 1960 was with the Four Star label which yielded a lot of indifferent material because she was only permitted to record the songs for which the label's president owned the copyright.
Well, when k d lang wanted to record the magnificent album Shadowland: the Owen Bradley Sessions she managed to coax out of retirement the iconic Nashville producer, Owen Bradley, who was responsible for creating the lush orchestrations and textured arrangements that characterised Patsy's time at Decca. This was an inspired move by lang because Cline and Bradley forged the Nashville sound, perhaps closer to pop than country (shades of Patti Page and Kay Starr) and, with the Jordanaires, created the finest recordings of her career. They inspired a generation and her influence can be found in the work of The Judds, Loretta Lynn, Tricia Yearwood, Linda Ronstadt as well as k d lang whose "Shadowland" is the jewel in the crown of her career.
This album collects together, for the first time, all 51 masters that Cline recorded with Bradley between 1960 and 1963. And what wonderful songs they are: "I Fall To Pieces", "Crazy", "Walkin' After Midnight", "Back In Baby's Arms" and "He Called Me Baby". Delivered in Cline's emotion packed alto they convey the poignant moods of a different era: an era of gentleness and innocence and tabling the themes of love, breakup, loss, regret and reunion.
This is fabulous stuff and acts as a perfect legacy to a talent cut tragically short. Frankly, this is the only Cline compilation that matters.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Patsy Cline Decca Masters,
A Compilation of Decca recordings from 1960 til her death in 1963.
A Pleasure to listen to. All tracks were released on the 4 CD Set The Patsy Cline Collection.
All tracks are in stereo except for the 2nd recording of You're Stronger Than Me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it,
This review is from: Sweet Dreams: Her Complete Decca Masters (1960-1963) (MP3 Download)
The digital remastering of these recordings from over 50 years ago have produced an amazing clarity in which instruments and voices are heard which were not easily identifiable in earlier cds.
All in glorious stereo, it meets the challenge of quality headphones and mp3 players with Patsy's voice showing the subtleties which made her so very special.
This is the only recording of Patsy you'll ever need.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Beautifully Romantic Voice.,
Although the possessor of a wide range of musical styles and artists on CD, from the big swing bands to pop and the Classics - Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, nothing quite compares to the fabulously romantic voice of Patsy Cline as captured on this two-CD 'Sweet Dreams' set.
So wonderfully varied are the songs in this set that anyone born with an ounce of romance will find something that will bring them close to tears, for such is the magic in Patsy's voice. That the greater number of songs pertain to the loss of a lover, rather than the finding of a new love, is not accidental, for it can sometimes seem that much of life is about how to meet the pain of such loss, and of finding ones way through it. And song can be a very powerful emotive force for good, especially when articulated in the way Patsy Cline so expertly does it.
Patsy Cline's short life was, by all accounts, far from easy, born as she was in rural and poor Virginia. But she remained a truly proud Southern country girl; though one would never have guessed it from her lovely singing voice. That she was killed in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee, in 1963, while so very young, is heartbreakingly sad.
Rejoice in the knowledge that what she left behind, captured in that divine voice of hers on 'Sweet Dreams', is something uplifting which will, and does, enhance the lives of all who listen to it.
Rest in Peace Patsy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD Album,
A really great purchase, So many wonderful hits and every song sounds fantastic, worth every penny and more, If you love Patsy Cline then this is a must buy, a truly remarkable collection of her hits, I just love it !
5.0 out of 5 stars Patsy Cline,
Have most of Patsies songs, I thought, then I found this, brilliant cd, bought it for a few songs I did not have, well worth it and usual good service from Amazon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this CD,
Absolutely love this CD.
Absolutey love this CD. A complete compilation of all her best tracks. Well recommended for anyone who loves Patsy Cline.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
Really good quality sound and value for money. thoroughly enjoy listening to this CD
Nice music to have in the background whilst entertaining
5.0 out of 5 stars love it, arrived on time a very happy bunny,
As a fan of hers, this is one to own, love it, arrived on time a very happy bunny xx
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Sweet Dreams: Her Complete Decca Masters (1960-1963) by Patsy Cline
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