Gunfight at O.K. Corral

Gunfight at O.K. Corral

by Johnny Western
     
 
Johnny Western as he sounded in 1984, which is good -- the voice is still a rich, enveloping baritone, rougher and not as flexible as it was in the early '60s but still pleasing and memorable. His rendition of "Gunfight at OK Corral" won't displace Frankie Laine's, but it has a drive and power all of its own. Stan Jones' "Ghost Riders in

Overview

Johnny Western as he sounded in 1984, which is good -- the voice is still a rich, enveloping baritone, rougher and not as flexible as it was in the early '60s but still pleasing and memorable. His rendition of "Gunfight at OK Corral" won't displace Frankie Laine's, but it has a drive and power all of its own. Stan Jones' "Ghost Riders in the Sky" gets a beautiful workout, as flamboyant vocally as Johnny Cash's was instrumentally -- Jones is also represented by "The Searchers," "Hannah Lee," "Lillies Grow High," and "Cheyenne." Bob Nolan's poignant "Song of the Bandit" (adapted from the English ballad "The Highwayman") is also here, sung with great affection, sincerity, and intensity. Western also covers his own "The Gunfighter," which he wrote for Marty Robbins, and Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" -- at this point in his career, Western's voice lacked the expressive range of Cash's. There are also lots of covers of television themes, including two very upbeat medleys of "Johnny Yuma -- The Rebel" (originally a Johnny Cash song on which Western played rhythm guitar), "Bonanza," and "The Ballad of Paladin"; "Bat Masterson" and "Wyatt Earp"; and the theme from "Rawhide." The personnel includes Billy Strange, Art Sparer, Jack Clement (who also produced), and Western on guitars.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/1994
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127154293
catalogNumber:
15429

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Western   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Billy Strange   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joseph Allen   Bass
Harold Bradley   Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Jack Clement   Rhythm Guitar
Phil Forrest   Choir, Chorus
Kenny Malone   Drums
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Art Sparer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joe Allen   Bass

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Jim Rooney   Engineer
Joseph Allen   Contributor
Richard Markowitz   Composer
Art Sparer   Producer
Richard Weize   Producer,Reissue Producer
W   Contributor

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