An album to commemorate four major stars of country and western music who died in tragic circumstances is issued by Atomicat Records and under the banner ‘Sweet Dreams Forever’. The four country stars celebrated by this album release are Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Randy Hughes, and Hawkshaw Hawkins who lost their lives in 1963 when a small plane they were travelling in crashed on their way back to Nashville after a concert. With country music losing such talented musicians, their music remains alive and well and worthy of such tributes bestowed upon them such as Atomicat’s ‘Sweet Dreams Forever’. It remains the sweetest of dreams with the album coming in a threefold digipak complete with tasteful, and representative of its time, poster design, with the rest left for Dee Jay Mark Armstrong who supplies the liner notes and track list. Focusing on the songs, those that feature is taken from the years 1948 to 1962, with this being prime up-tempo country and western music of course and most definitely the authentic kind! With all four country stars – Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, Patsy Cline, and Randy Hughes sharing the same billing, the album, ‘Sweet Dreams Forever’, divides their tracks, but is done based on the year of each song release. Chronologically selected therefore, the songs chosen beginning in 1948 as mentioned above, with Hawkshaw Hawkins making the opening appearance with the fine ‘Dog House Boogie’ that should be considered prototype rockabilly. From this position, Cowboy Copas present C&W ‘Hangman’s Boogie’, before sidestepping and making way for Randy Hughes and His Band and fascinating, not to mention ahead of its time anecdote of the ‘Tattooed Lady’, which raises further intrigue given there is no writer assigned to this song. A quick perusal of the song list suggests Randy Hughes edges it with most of the songs for this collection, with more brilliant examples as the romantic ‘My Little Country Rose’, hillbilly boogie ‘Tapping That Thing’, and another eccentricity on the back of local homebrew ‘When Elephants Start To Roost In Trees’. The rest of the album then ping-pongs between Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, and Patsy Cline, with the latter artist performing trademark ‘Walkin’ After Midnight’ and established ‘Stop, Look And Listen’ which surely gave those rockabilly cats a run for their money with its sharp, snappin’ rhythm and strong, dominant vocals. Excellent performances all round, with a good representation of their works considering there is only twenty-nine tracks to do so, ‘Sweet Dreams Forever’ is therefore a remarkable album and one that remembers these four stars of country music in style, not to mention offering terrific value for your money. Essential listening.