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Country and Western: Johnny Bond Standard Transcriptions

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
There is something pleasantly romantic about Johnny Bond's cowboy songs, perhaps because they capture the saga of the once untamed West. Who wouldn't feel a certain longing in the wake of starry nights, tumbling tumbleweeds, and riding one's horse on the open range? A number of classic songs fill this collection, including "Red River Valley," "Boots and Saddles," and "Mexicali Rose." Bond is joined by a few friends -- the Red River Valley Boys -- who sing harmony and offer tasteful support. The arrangements are spare, featuring little more than bass, accordion, and a guitar on most cuts. The group is clearly comfortable performing together and maintain the same ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
There is something pleasantly romantic about Johnny Bond's cowboy songs, perhaps because they capture the saga of the once untamed West. Who wouldn't feel a certain longing in the wake of starry nights, tumbling tumbleweeds, and riding one's horse on the open range? A number of classic songs fill this collection, including "Red River Valley," "Boots and Saddles," and "Mexicali Rose." Bond is joined by a few friends -- the Red River Valley Boys -- who sing harmony and offer tasteful support. The arrangements are spare, featuring little more than bass, accordion, and a guitar on most cuts. The group is clearly comfortable performing together and maintain the same intimacy as the Sons of the Pioneers on songs like "Saddle Serenade." Bond has written a number of these songs, including the memorable "Ten Years" and the instrumental "Ridin' Down to Santa Fe." There is a haunting version of "Empty Saddles," sort of an early, less dark version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky." Bond is perfectly capable of generating a cowboy version of honky tonk flavored songs like "Headin' Down the Wrong Highway," or a heartfelt rendition of pop ballads like "Have I Stayed Away Too Long." The sound quality of these transcriptions from 1944-1945 is very good, and the number of selections -- 31 -- is generous. This disc will sit comfortably beside the recordings of other singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Bloodshot has put together a fine collection that will be a real treat to lovers of swinging cowboy music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/16/2001
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • UPC: 744302080727
  • Catalog Number: 20807
  • Sales rank: 122,745

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Bond Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Noel Boggs Contributor
Jimmy Wakely Contributor
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Phil York Digital Editing, Mastering
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Dick Reinhart Contributor
Wesley Tuttle Contributor
William S. Cook Noise Reduction
Traditional Composer
D. J. O'Malley Composer
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