Earlier this year Real Gone Music released The Complete Columbia Singles by Patti Page. It contained all the A and B sides of her single releases for the label. While most of her well-known hits were recorded for the Mercury label, there was a lot of good music issued during her seven years with Columbia.
While assembling that album, a number of previously unreleased tracks were discovered. Those 24 tracks have been released as From Nashville To L.A. – Lost Columbia Masters 1963-1969. The end product is a somewhat disjointed album as the tracks were recorded over a number of years and for different albums. On the other hand, the songs are finished tracks and should please any fan of Page.
The music moves in a number of directions. She gives a simple rendition of the Eddy Arnold hit “I Really Don’t Want To Know.” “Raining In My Heart” was written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant and originally recorded by Buddy Holly & The Crickets. She slows the tempo a bit and moves the song in a light pop direction. I remember Herb Alpert’s version of the Bacharach/David tune “To Wait For Love” and Page’s is much better as she gives a pitch perfect vocal performance.
Her 1966 sessions for the album America’s Favorite Hymns, provide four tracks. “Just As I Am,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “I’ll Live Up There,” and “In The Sweet Bye and Bye” represent a side of Page that is rarely explored.
The album is a treasure trove for her fan base. Dinah Washington had an R&B hit with “Teach Me Tonight” but Page’s version moves it back to its pop roots. She swings with the Ray Charles classic ”Hallelujah I Love You So.” Add in her Spanish language releases of “Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte” and “Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)” and you have an album of note.
The best way to describe From Nashville To L.A. – Lost Columbia Masters 1963-1969 is interesting as it helps to fill in her legacy. It may not be cohesive but there are a number of excellent stand-alone tracks. It forms a nice introduction to an often neglected period of her career.