Patsy’s legacy continues to grow
Patsy Cline was a friend of mine. She was a frequent customer at the Triangle Diner when I owned it.
I thought perhaps readers of The Star would be interested to know that, in this, the 50th anniversary year of Patsy Cline’s passing, there’s been a unique and wonderful new CD released on her called “The Divine Ms. Cline.” This is not another repackaging of “greatest hits.” It contains 26 new, previously unreleased tracks featuring the great Patsy Cline.
Though her voice is timeless, the original accompaniment sounds outdated. So the producer has taken 20 of Patsy’s studio masters, stripped them down, and added tasteful new instrumental backings to give them a fresh, new sound. Patsy’s voice has been brought forward so you can hear her with better clarity. And what true fan of Ms. Cline wouldn’t be happy about that?
I understand some musicians from around the world participated in the “overdubbing” of new accompaniment, including current members of the Grand Ole Opry band in Nashville.
There is also a six-song Patsy unreleased “in concert” bonus so you get to hear how great she was in person. Plus a 16-page booklet written by Larry Jordan, author of a 672-page book called “Jim Reeves: His Untold Story,” who has CDs on Jim that have gotten him back on the charts in Europe. Hopefully, that will also happen to Patsy, too.
There are a lot of CDs being released that just recycle Patsy’s catalog. But “The Divine Ms. Cline” is totally different, and well worth a listen. You can hear audio samples at patsyclinemusic.net. I listened and was astounded, for I used to listen to Patsy perform at the Virginia Gentlemen, which I managed, in Front Royal. There she sang with just a few musicians, so it was easy to hear the clarity of her rich, strong, beautiful voice. When I heard Larry’s CD of Patsy, it was like reliving history.
P.L. (Bob) Bartley