It referred to the new CD "The Divine Ms. Cline" and claimed "no, this is not new recordings..." and further asserted that "there are no unreleased recordings of Patsy."
We were quite surprised to read this, since the new CD does, indeed, have 20 NEW overdubs of some of Patsy's finest vocals (as the front cover of the CD clearly states). The packaging also makes it clear these are "new musical settings." A team of professional musicians, singers, orchestrators and engineers worked very hard to re-do 20 of Patsy's songs which, by any reasonable standard, makes them new recordings and they are copyrightable as new creations under EU law (where the CD originated), whereas many of Patsy's "old" recordings are OUT of copyright in the EU. So even the applicable laws recognize them as new recordings.
As to the point that the new CD contains "no unreleased recordings of Patsy," that too is a surprising statement, especially since a family member enthusiastically assured us that they had never heard the live tracks of Ms. Cline before!
In fact, the exact quote was: "The live songs were really good to be so old, they sounded clean and clear as well... I had never heard that version of her live singing before.....so all together it's a job very well done... I think the fans will be thrilled when they buy it and hear it."
We have since learned that at least ONE of the live tracks had been released years ago, but to our knowledge (and we relied on some long-time Patsy fans for our research), the other FIVE had never seen commercial release.
If the family would care to elucidate this, we'd welcome any input. So please tell us the release date(s), the label(s), and the name of any CD(s) on which the live tracks have ever been commercially released. We assume any information you'd share would be verifiable.
(Being traded amongst a small clique of collectors or posted in raw form on YouTube doesn't count).
One would almost think the family was trying to discourage fans from hearing all the wonderful new music contained on "The Divine Ms. Cline." But they wouldn't do that, would they?