Patsy Cline – Showcase (“The ’59”) #015

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Patsy Cline – Showcase (1961)

Recorded with The Jordanaires and released November 27 1961. ‘Showcase’ was Patsy Cline’s second studio album.

It produced two singles. The first, “I Fall to Pieces,” became Cline’s first number one hit and also reached the Top 15 on the pop Top 100 in 1961. The follow-up single, “Crazy,” peaked in the top five of the charts and in the Top 10 on the pop Top 100.

Sadly, Cline aged just 30 in March 1963 after a multiple-fatality crash of the private plane of her manager, Randy Hughes. After her death, “Showcase” was re-released on Decca and peaked for the first time in the charts, reaching number 73. It was also reissued in 1973 by MCA Records (which took over Decca in 1973) and it was later digitally remastered and re-released on a CD/LP/Cassette in 1988, which included the same cover as the 1963 re-release.

Showcase was also released internationally. In 1961, the album was released in the United Kingdom by Brunswick Records and in New Zealand by Festival Records.


Johnny Cash – Ride this train (“The ’59”) #012

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Johnny Cash – Ride this train (1960)

Ride This Train was Johnny Cash’s eighth studio album. It was originally released in September 1960 and re-issued on March 19, 2002 with four bonus tracks.

It’s considered to be Cash’s first concept album and is billed as a “travelogue”, with Cash providing spoken narration before each song to give context, in several cases playing historical characters, such as John Wesley Hardin, and describing different destinations around the United States visited by train. The songs themselves are not generally railroad-themed.

The original album was included on the Bear Family box set ‘Come Along’ and ‘Ride This Train’. The success of this LP inspired his first label, Sun, to release the compilation LP, ‘All Aboard the Blue Train’ which consisted of previously released “train” inspired songs, including the hit, “Folsom Prison Blues”.