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Patsy Cline Patsy Cline Live At The Opry (1956)
Originally Released April 4, 1988 \n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: In 1988 -- 25 years after Patsy Cline's untimely death at the age of 30 -- MCA released this collection of previously unreleased Grand Ole Opry broadcasts, which span 1956-1962. Even if Live at the Opry had been extremely disappointing, there would have been an audience for this 28-minute CD. Cline, after all, went down in history as one of country's all-time greats (despite having a much too short career), and her more obsessive fans would have welcomed the arrival of this release regardless of the quality. But Live at the Opry is a generally rewarding, if imperfect and brief, document of Cline's performances at Nashville's most prestigious venue. The sound quality isn't always first-rate; at times, the sound is a bit scratchy for late-'50s and early-'60s recordings. But the sound is never bad -- only imperfect -- and Cline is in fine form on inspired performances of hits like "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You," and "Walkin' After Midnight." Cline was never a country purist, but to people who appreciate a broader, more expansive view of country, she was an impressive example of someone who truly pushed the genre's boundaries. A wide variety of influences assert themselves on Live at the Opry, including rock & roll, jazz, torch singing, traditional pop, and Tin Pan Alley. Country was Cline's foundation, but that didn't prevent her from being affected (either directly or indirectly) by the contributions of Billie Holiday, Jo Stafford, and Ella Fitzgerald. Those with a casual interest in Cline's legacy would be better off with a collection of her best-known studio recordings, but for the seasoned Cline enthusiast, Live at the Opry has a lot to offer -- imperfections and all. -- Alex Henderson\n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nNot really a "concert" per se, tunes date from 1956-1962, July 22, 2005 \nBy Greg Brady "columbusboy" (Capital City)\nThe songs here come from so-called "transcription" discs. These 16 inch discs were furnished to every station with rights to broadcast "Prince Albert Opry Show" aired live Saturday nights on the NBC radio network (and whenever they were able for the stations that couldn't catch a live feed and used the transcriptions instead.) The recordings themselves were recorded by Opry house engineers. The recordings here come from 1956,1957,1960,1961, and 1962. It's interesting to note, as the liners point out, that at the time the first two tracks were recorded Patsy had not had a national hit, so it was unusual that she was given the coveted "guest artist" slot as a show of faith by the Opry. (To give you an idea, the week before it was Flatt and Scruggs, the week after Johnny Horton). In January of 1960 she was made an Opry castmember, though she'd still only had 1 chart hit ("Walkin' after Midnight") \n\nRecordings are dated as follows: Cuts 1 and 2 6/16/1956, cut 3 12/14/1957, cut 4 4/2/1960, cut 5 4/29/1960, cuts 6 and 7 8/12/1960, cut 8 9/3/1960, cuts 9 and 10 7/7/1961, and cuts 11 and 12 3/23/1962. Since these were recorded live at the Opry many of these feature introductions from the Opry hosts of the time: Little Jimmy Dickens, Ray Price, Jim Reeves, and Hank Snow. \n\nHIGHLIGHTS: \nThough her earliest performances are wonderful, you can note the effect a solid chart hit has on an audience...witness the cheers as she performs "Walkin' after Midnight" (which had just hit #3 country and #12 pop). The yodeling tour-de-force on Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" is something to hear. Witness her snarl out the line "I've grown so used to that man somehow" and how she holds the prolonged final note. Stellar. Cline turns in an impassioned performance on Carl Smith's 1955 hit "There She Goes" (with the gender changed, naturally). Some barrelhouse piano underlays "Lovin' in Vain". If you want to hear more spare versions of Patsy's biggest hits, "I Fall to Pieces","Crazy" and "She's Got You" all have more steel than the released versions, no six-string bass, and without the reverb on the Bradley productions. \n\nBOTTOM LINE: \nIf you're already a Patsy fan, the sound quality on this is pretty good for vinyl sources. (A little bit of surface noise and "crackle" may be heard here and there but it's surprisingly good.) Keep in mind, though, what's here is short: less than a half hour of songs total. You may want to opt for a used copy. \n\n3 1/2 stars \n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nA Great CD, January 30, 2001 \nBy J. McManus Jr. "elpat" (Laurel, MD United States)\nThis a live album recorded at the Grand Old Opry through a series of dates. The recording are sparse, which is a good thing because it really shows the strength of Patsy's voice. This one of the few collections you'll find where the tracks feature both parts of her career, as the honky-tonk girl and the balladeer. Not for the first time listener, but definitely for fans. \n\n\nHalf.com Details \nContributing artists: Hank Snow, Jim Reeves \nProducer: The Country Music Foundation \n\nAlbum Notes\nRecorded between 1956 and 1962. \nIncludes liner notes by Jay Orr.\n\nMany of these tracks originate from radio transcriptions made by Grand Ole Opry engineers for national syndication. LIVE AT THE OPRY collects 12 appearances across the span of the singer's career, beginning with "A Church, A Courtroom, and Then Goodbye," recorded at the Opry in 1956, a year before at Cline's first ever recording session.\nThings get progressively more interesting as the collection reaches the early 1960s, when Cline's studio recordings were becoming poppier. The version of "I Fall To Pieces" heard here amounts to a stripped-down version of the tune, with Cline and the Jordanaires singing over bass, brushes, piano, and a few steel guitar fills. Earlier tunes help convey what the excitement was all about when Cline performed her more rocking material live in the late '50s.This collection includes detailed liner notes as well as providing performance dates.
This country cd contains 12 tracks and runs 28min 31sec.
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  1. Patsy Cline - A Church, A Courtroom, And Then Goodbye (03:18)
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  2. Patsy Cline - I've Loved And Lost Again (02:31)
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  3. Patsy Cline - Walkin' After Midnight (02:24)
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  4. Patsy Cline - Lovesick Blues (02:08)
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  5. Patsy Cline - How Can I Face Tomorrow (02:01)
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  6. Patsy Cline - Loose Talk (01:42)
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  7. Patsy Cline - Crazy Dreams (02:03)
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  8. Patsy Cline - There He Goes (02:18)
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  9. Patsy Cline - Lovin' In Vain (01:41)
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  10. Patsy Cline - I Fall To Pieces (03:04)
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  11. Patsy Cline - She's Got You (02:55)
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  12. Patsy Cline - Crazy (02:19)
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