20 Greatest Movie Hits

20 Greatest Movie Hits

by Gene Autry
     
 

Whether these 20 tracks constitute Gene Autry's "greatest movie hits" is anybody's guess, but they are extremely strong performances and the range of material is truly representative of the diversity of Autry's talent. The array of songs will astonish those who are unfamiliar with Autry's true musical depth -- "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" is represented, as are … See more details below

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Whether these 20 tracks constitute Gene Autry's "greatest movie hits" is anybody's guess, but they are extremely strong performances and the range of material is truly representative of the diversity of Autry's talent. The array of songs will astonish those who are unfamiliar with Autry's true musical depth -- "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine" is represented, as are "Back in the Saddle Again," "Melody Ranch," "I'm an Old Cowhand," "Sioux City Sue," and "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)," but so are "My Buddy," "Blueberry Hill," "In the Jailhouse Now," and "Oklahoma Hills." His singing is amazing, not a trained voice but an honest and expressive one, rather like that of Fred Astaire; "Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie" is one of Autry's towering performances, gently and convincingly dramatic and honest, while "I'm an Old Cowhand" is just as impressive for its good humor and jocularity. The accompaniment varies from unobtrusive choir to straight, stripped-down Western band, and Autry is joined on some tracks by Ann Miller, Mary Lee, and Smiley Burnette. In contrast to the earlier volumes, the audio quality on this disc is remarkably good, and none of the movie-action noise intrudes on any of the songs. Indeed, in the absence of a decent, well-thought-out Columbia Records (where he spent most of his career) collection on Gene Autry, 20 Greatest Movie Hits could be the best single disc through which to get a glimpse of the triple-threat talent that was Gene Autry, although without "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer," it's not definitive either (although it does give us "Here Comes Santa Claus" as compensation). The notes by James Laredo are loving and honest in dealing with their subject.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1999
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206599022
catalogNumber:
5990

Tracks

  1. That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine  - Gene Autry
  2. Tumbling Tumbleweeds  - Gene Autry
  3. My Buddy  - Gene Autry
  4. Back In The Saddle Again  - Gene Autry
  5. The Singing Hills  - Gene Autry
  6. Melody Ranch  - Ann Miller
  7. Be Honest With Me  - Gene Autry
  8. Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie  - Mary Lee
  9. I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)  - Mary Lee
  10. In The Jailhouse Now  - Gene Autry
  11. Blueberry Hill  - Gene Autry
  12. Deep In The Heart Of Texas  - Smiley Burnette
  13. Let Me Ride Down in Rocky Canyon  - Smiley Burnette
  14. (Take Me Back to My) Boots and Saddle  - Gene Autry
  15. Sioux City Sue  - Gene Autry
  16. Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)  - Gene Autry
  17. Oklahoma Hills  - Gene Autry
  18. That's My Home  -  Cass County Boys
  19. Amapola  - Gene Autry
  20. Here Comes Santa Claus  - Gene Autry

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