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					"The Definitive Collection," by the late, great country singer Patsy Clyne is one of those
miracles of technology: it brings us, as it was, the voice that made her a star: controlled
vibrato, deft phrasing, and that trademark catch in her throat. That voice has lived on
beyond her, (she died in a plane crash, at the untimely age of 30): it was pure as a
sparkling country stream; had the power of a preacher in full rant, and surely had the
projection to reach the rafters. She cut barely more than 100 tracks in her abbreviated
career: Decca's hugely talented Nashville producer Owen Bradley oversaw the making of
every one of them, with a sure instinct as to how best to use and frame her remarkable
instrument of a voice.

"Walkin'After Midnight," by Nashville songwriters Don Hecht and Alan Bock, was
Clyne's first hit: it went to #2 on the country charts for two weeks, # 12 on the pop charts.
It is here in its original, unsweetened-for-the-later pop charts version. Bob Montgomery's
chill-worthy "Back in Baby's Arms," brings out a down-to-earth sweetness in her voice.
The memorable "I Fall to Pieces," by esteemed country songsmiths Hank Cochran and
Harlan Howard, went straight to #1 on the country charts, and peaked at #2 on the pop
charts. Cochran's lushly-produced "She's Got You," also showcases Clyne at her
sweetest. The artist paints a pretty picture with Cole Porter's uncharacteristically simple,
straightforward "True Love" that was originally a hit for Bing Crosby, from the 1956
film,High Society. Recording on the same day, she swings on Bob Willis's Texan "San
Antonio Rose." You also get Irving Berlin's "Always," showing her ability to reinterpret a
well-known standard. Don Gibson's gorgeous lament "Sweet Dreams (Of You)," which
was released posthumously, after her abrupt death on March 6, 1963, when a private
plane she was in crashed en route to Nashville from a gig in Kansas City. And, of course,
"Crazy," her only top ten pop hit, it rose to #9; which, as is well-known, a young and
struggling newcomer from Texas, Willie Nelson, penned for her. It's a song both
sophisticated and simple, and it has, over the years, also become one of his biggest hits.
Still, her version is said to be the most-played jukebox single of all time.

"The Definitive Collection" is a release from MCA Nashville, the successor to Decca's
Nashville operations. There won't be another Patsy Clyne any time soon, and this is a
substantial collection of her greatest hits, if you want them.

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