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 Post subject: Walkin After Midnight by Patsy Cline
PostPosted: Dec Sun 11, 2016 3:15 pm 
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This song was her first hit, recorded in 1956 and on the charts in 1957.

I've got this song on an album, with the Jordanaires, and it's a hit that's often heard on the radio (the album itself is a classic), but it's not the original recording.

I've heard other versions -- several in fact -- and unfortunately I cannot tell you which one of these is the absolute original. I've heard versions that say "starlight" instead of "Moonlight", I've heard faster and slower versions, obviously all but one are covers.

I know it was originally recorded on Decca, and the single sleeve has 9-3022 on it, but I don't know if this is the actual recording number -- remembering there was a B-side.

I suppose I could scout the countryside, trying to find a record store that might somehow cough up a copy. But does anyone have the original, or can give me a clue about it, where I can find it? Not on Youtube, not on Napster, in this case I'm just as happy with a digitized version as a 45 but if I can find the 45 I may buy it. Or 78 even, if the price isn't out of sight.

Clues?

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 Post subject: Re: Walkin After Midnight by Patsy Cline
PostPosted: Dec Sun 11, 2016 6:24 pm 
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The 78 RPM copy should be the original version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHNC12bA1yU

Not a great rip, but at least you can hear which is the original lyric. Sorry, I don't have a copy.


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 Post subject: Re: Walkin After Midnight by Patsy Cline
PostPosted: Dec Sun 11, 2016 6:41 pm 
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Gary Tayman wrote:
This song was her first hit, recorded in 1956 and on the charts in 1957. I've got this song on an album...but it's not the original recording.
The one they play on the radio all the time is the 1961 Nashville Sound remake from the Showcase LP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VjflVwqeVw
Gary Tayman wrote:
Does anyone have the original, or can give me a clue about it, where I can find it? LP 45 or 78 even, if the price isn't out of sight.
There's also the audio from several TV appearances that appear on various compilations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK8Yy5RB9po https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwOWX6b8HHw

and then there's the first digital Big Band style remake for Sweet Dreams: The Patsy Cline Story in 1984 which is available only on the soundtracl LP/CD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kjA8D_5STI

The original Four Star/Coral 78 RPM recording is here - picked up later by their parent company, Decca https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnJYdv8UxlE Same thing on a period 45 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCgxpwgN1bI

eBay has 45s up the wazoo for next to nothing - her original first LP that contains both 1955 sessions as well as both sessions from 1956 is available on an original 1957 pressing for next to nothing as well.

The 78 of the track is a LITTLE harder to find but not impossible and as a result is a LITTLE more expensive - especially the very first and only run on Coral - and then if you REALLY need a 78 because of the superior sound - you may have to settle for Filipino, UK or Canadian pressings on 78 until such time as you can get a domestic copy.

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 Post subject: Re: Walkin After Midnight by Patsy Cline
PostPosted: Dec Sun 11, 2016 10:47 pm 
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Thanks!

What I did, I captured the audio from the 78 video. Surprisingly clean for a 78, though there was noise at the beginning and the end. I got just about all the background noise out of there, and added a little to the highs (I don't think the de-emphasis was correct). I don't think we're at a perfect nit-picky studio quality, but I think the end result is pretty darn good.

At least now I know which one is original. Actually, EVERY version I've heard is good, but I wanted the right one.

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