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25 All-Time Greatest Recordings: The 4-Star Sessions, 1955-1960 Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: September 12, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00004WJ6H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Church, A Courtroom, And then Goodbye
2. Hidin' Out
3. I Don't Wanta
4. I Cried All The Way To The Altar
5. Dear God
6. Walkin' After Midnight
7. A Poor Man's Roses (Or A Rich Man's Gold)
8. Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
9. A Stranger In My Arms
10. Then You'll Know
11. Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray
12. I Don't Wanta
13. Hungry For Love
14. That Wonderful Someone
15. I Can't Forget
16. Stop the World (And Let Me Off)
17. Walking Dream
18. If I Could See The World (Through The Eyes Of A Child)
19. Cry Not For Me
20. Yes I Understand
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Editorial Reviews

The most comprehensive collection of her early recordings for 4 Star Records, including her indelible hit Walkin' After Midnight plus A Poor Man's Roses; I Can't Forget You; Stop the World and Let Me Off; That Wonderful Someone , and 20 more.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Olson on September 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although the title says "25 All-Time Greatest Recordings," there are actually 26 songs on this as this CD contains both versions of "I Don't Wanna" on the same disc. All of the tracks on this CD come from the original 4 Star masters that are in Universal's vault. A tape of "A Poor Man's Roses" was finally discovered in Universal's vault and wasn't even used on the 4 CD boxed set by MCA/Country Music Foundation who used a disc dub and the master tape copy of this track is very well mastered just like the whole disc. The disc was compiled by Cary Mansfield at Varese who feels that these tracks are the best songs from her entire 4 Star catalog which is a catalog of 50 songs. I had bought Special Music Co.'s "Let The Teardrops Fall" CD in a cutout bin at a record store for "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down" alone and the whole disc of the Special Music Co. CD referenced has lots of surface noise and even the track on "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down" is so clean on this CD that I donated the "Let The Teardrops Fall" CD to my local country radio station that plays classic country music. Although I do have lots of these songs on other CD's, the sound on this is very well improved from those discs. Buy this for the best of her early stuff right now with great sound.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on November 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Though it's a bit of a stretch to call these early recordings Cline's all time greatest, it's no stretch to call them essential. True, only one of these tracks actually charted (1957's "Walkin' After Midnight," included here in its original hit form, rather than the re-recording featured on many other compilations), but the 25 hand-picked titles (representing half of Cline's output for 4-Star) are filled with gems, and Varese's mastering from the original tapes sounds wonderful.
What really makes Cline's 4-Star catalog special is the arc that it traces from her earliest straight-Country recordings through sides on which producer Owen Bradley begins to find the Nashville Sound. Cline's first single, recorded in 1955, includes plenty of fiddle, steel, tears and heartache. "A Church, A Courtroom, and Then Goodbye," taped perhaps not coincidentally around the time of her divorce from Gerald Cline, shows her voice in astoundingly full bloom. At a time when female stars were a scarce commodity on the Country scene, Cline had honed her performances in endless radio and honky-tonk gigs.
By 1956 Bradley was already making records without the overt twang. "Walkin' After Midnight," has a smoky late-night resonance that allowed it to cross over to #12 on the pop chart. 1957's "Three Cigarettes and an Ashtray" pushes even further in this direction, courtesy of Cline's sophisticated, torchy lead and atmospheric background vocals courtesy of the Anita Kerr singers.
Though it's often said that Cline's 4-Star recordings were limited by the song catalog from which she was allowed to choose, this collection shows just how much good material she was still able to find.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The first volume of Varese Sarabande's collections of Cline's pre-Decca recordings on the independent 4-Star label. This disc has some of her bluesiest and most "country" performances, including gems such as the raunchy "Hungry For Love," and teen-pop oriented material like "Walking Dream" and a triplet-heavy "Stop The World (And Let Me Off)." Many Cline fans find this era to be her best, or least closest to her country roots. Inching towards her transcendent crossover style, Cline gives a few interesting spins to lots of formulaic material, and even leaves a unique stamp on hard country classics. Patsy plays it slow and mournful on her 1956 version of "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down," later a rollicking, upbeat hit for Charlie Walker, while a similarly slowed down version of "Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad" is given a subdued, barbershoppish arrangement. And then of course, there's Cline's majestic voice, which lifts any song, no matter how formulaic or run-of-the-mill; on some songs she's struggling against the so-so arrangements, but always with great success. This is a really tasty, generously programmed collection... with great sound quality as well. Recommended!
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By Molly,va on May 2, 2014
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Was looking for the song - Life's Railroad - and the version on this CD was absolutely haunting. Had not heard the song until recently - now it is a favorite
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how good is patsy cline so easy to listen to every song a winner just another to add to my many cd's of her's
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I didn't know that Patsy Cline recorded before Decca, so this was a pleasant surprise for me, to hear the original version of "walking after midnight". Nice selection.
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