Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits

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Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Patsy Cline
Released March 13, 1967
1988
September 9, 2003
Recorded November 16, 1960 – February 7, 1963
Genre Country, traditional pop
Length 32:36
Label Decca
Producer Owen Bradley
Patsy Cline chronology
Here's Patsy Cline
(1965)
Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits
(1967)
Country Great!
(1969)
1988 12 Greatest Hits cover
When this album was digitally remastered in a CD format in 1988, the cover was changed, as well as the title, 12 Greatest Hits.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
CD Universe 4.5/5 stars[2]

Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits is a compilation consisting of American country pop music singer, Patsy Cline's greatest hits. The album consists of Cline's biggest hits between 1957 and 1963. It is one of the biggest selling albums in the United States by any female country music artist.

Background[edit]

Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits was released four years after her death in 1967 by Decca Records, Cline's longtime record label and the one with whom she'd had the most hits. Among its twelve tracks, the album contains seven of Cline's Top 10 country hits between 1957 and 1963.[3]

In 1971, MCA consolidated the New York based Decca and Kapp subsidiary labels, plus the California based Uni label into MCA Records based in Universal City, California. The three labels maintained their identities for a short time but were retired in favor of the MCA label in 1973.

Upon Cline's induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973, the album was reissued by MCA Records and went gold all over again. In 1988, the album was reissued again on a CD format with a different cover art and was retitled 12 Greatest Hits. In 2003, the album was digitally remastered and was reissued under MCA records again with the original 1967 cover art.[4] Bob Ludwig digitally remastered the album in 2003, making the album sound smoother in sound than it originally did before.[5]

Chart performance & record sales[edit]

In 1967, the original album release debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. After the album was digitally remastered and reissued under the title, 12 Greatest Hits, the album charted again on the Top Country Albums chart at #27. No singles were spawned from the album.

In 1989, Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits was certified double-platinum (two million copies) by the RIAA, making Cline the first female ever in country music to have a double-platinum album.

The album is currently in Guinness World Book of Records for staying the most weeks on the US Country Chart by a female artist. The album was still on the chart in 2001, 722 weeks after it originally entered the charts. .[6] In 2005, the album sold 10 million copies in the United States, receiving a certification of 10× Multi-Platinum or Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America.[5] Making it easily the single highest selling album never to chart on the Billboard 200. Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits was the largest-selling album by a female country artist up until Shania Twain's The Woman in Me sold 12 million copies in the United States.[7]

Individual tracks[edit]

The album contains Patsy Cline's signature hits including "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy," "She's Got You," "Leavin' On Your Mind," "Sweet Dreams," and "Faded Love." The version for "Walkin' After Midnight" was pulled from the 1961 recordings rather than the original recording made in 1956 while Cline was still under her Four Star Records contract. "So Wrong" and "Strange," two lesser known hits, are also included. Several songs are included that were never hits on the American Country or Pop Top 100 Charts: "You're Stronger Than Me," "Why Can't He Be You?" and "Back in Baby's Arms." A slower version of "You're Stronger Than Me" was a b-side to the single "So Wrong" back in 1962, but this collection contains Cline's initial recording of the song that was never released. The released version made its way to #103 on the U.S. pop charts. "Why Can't He Be You?" was a b-side to the single "Heartaches" and reached the #107 position on the U.S. pop charts. "Back in Baby's Arms" was a #1 hit in Australia briefly in 1963.

Charted songs that did not make this collection include: "A Poor Man's Roses" (1957 - #14 U.S. Country), "Who Can I Count On?" (1961 - #99 U.S. Pop), "When I Get Thru With You" (1962 - #10 U.S. Country / #52 U.S. Pop), "Imagine That" (1962 - #21 U.S. Country / #90 U.S. Pop), "You're Stronger Than Me" (b-side version) (1962 - #103 U.S. Pop), "Heartaches" (1962 - #73 U.S. Pop), "When You Need a Laugh" (1963 - #47 U.S. Country), "Someday" (1964 - #123 U.S. Pop), and "He Called Me Baby" (1964 - #23 U.S. Country).

The album includes Cline's best-known hits, "I Fall to Pieces", "Crazy," and "She's Got You." It also contains the 1961 remake of her original 1957 hit, "Walkin' After Midnight." The album covers her additional three Top 10 hits shortly following her death, "Leavin' on Your Mind," "Sweet Dreams (Of You)," and "Faded Love." The album also includes the B-side of "She's Got You", "Strange," as well two additional B-sides, "You're Stronger Than Me," (B-side "So Wrong") and "Why Can't He Be You," who's A-side is not included on this album. Two of Cline's hits were remakes; "Sweet Dreams" was written and made famous originally by Don Gibson and "Faded Love" was originally recorded by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.

Track listing[edit]

1967 & 1973 original LP version[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Walkin' After Midnight" – 2:00 (Don Hecht, Alan Block)
  2. "Sweet Dreams (of You)" – 2:33 (Don Gibson)
  3. "Crazy" – 2:41 (Willie Nelson)
  4. "I Fall to Pieces" – 2:47 (Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard)
  5. "So Wrong" – 2:58 (Carl Perkins)
  6. "Strange" – 2:10 (Fred Burch, Mel Tillis)

Side 2

  1. "Back in Baby's Arms" – 2:00 (Bob Montgomery)
  2. "She's Got You" – 2:58 (Cochran)
  3. "Faded Love" – 3:43 (Bob Wills, John Wills)
  4. "Why Can't He Be You" – 3:21 (Cochran)
  5. "You're Stronger Than Me" – 2:51 (Cochran, Jimmy Key)
  6. "Leavin' on Your Mind" – 2:34 (Wayne Walker)

1988 & 2003 CD version[edit]

The song lengths remain the same on the reissued releases.

  1. "Walkin' After Midnight"
  2. "Sweet Dreams (Of You)"
  3. "Crazy"
  4. "I Fall to Pieces"
  5. "So Wrong"
  6. "Strange"
  7. "Back in Baby's Arms"
  8. "She's Got You"
  9. "Faded Love"
  10. "Why Can't He Be You"
  11. "You're Stronger Than Me"
  12. "Leavin' on Your Mind"

Personnel[edit]

The album's tracks were recorded between November 16, 1960 and February 7, 1963 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Chart positions[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1967 Top Country Albums 17
1988 Top Country Albums 27

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ CD Universe review
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Album review for Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits album profile". Patsy Cline.info. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  5. ^ a b Taylor, Joseph. "Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits". SoundStage!.com. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  6. ^ (2002). In Guinness World Book of Records 2002. Antonia Cunnginham, Managing editor. Barecelona, Spain: Guinness World Records Ltd. p. 149.
  7. ^ Fabian, Shelly. "Shania Twain biography". about.com. Retrieved 2008-09-27. 

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