This is not the first collection of Patsy Cline's recordings of radio and TV broadcasts but, at 51 tracks, it is certainly the most comprehensive. The earliest date from 1954, before her first record deal, and the last from February 1963, a month before the tragic plane crash that claimed her life at the age of 31.
Given the time span of the recordings it is not surprising that this 2 CD collection contains not only performances of her best known numbers but some pretty obscure ones, too.
However, what is surprising is the pristine sound of this release, sharp and crisp and a beautifully re-mastered collection. (I will qualify that by saying that there are a couple of duds at the end of disc 2).
Anyone familiar with Patsy's studio recordings might also be surprised by some of these live performances where, seemingly unconstrained by the demands of producer and studio protocol, she unleashes powerful performances of songs such as "Don't Ever Leave Me Again", "Shoes" and the perennial favourite, "Crazy".
This is not just a collection for Cline obsessives but an album that is recommended for all connoisseurs of classic country music. It is a reminder, if one was needed, of the unique talent of Patsy Cline who influenced a generation of female country singers including k d lang, Loretta Lynn and Wynona Judd.