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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of the first concept albums in country-music history, Marty Robbins's GUNFIGHTER BALLADS may be the most underrated of all these reissues. Robbins made the western song a vital part of a career cut tragically short by a heart attack in 1982, when he was only 57 years old. Nowhere did his interest in and knowledge of the Old West play out better than on this 1959 album. Most of the songs are Robbins's originals (including the definitive western epic "El Paso," included here in its original, near-five-minute version) that offer persuasive arguments for his often-neglected skill as a writer. His lyrics display an acute eye for historically accurate detail, both personal...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of the first concept albums in country-music history, Marty Robbins's GUNFIGHTER BALLADS may be the most underrated of all these reissues. Robbins made the western song a vital part of a career cut tragically short by a heart attack in 1982, when he was only 57 years old. Nowhere did his interest in and knowledge of the Old West play out better than on this 1959 album. Most of the songs are Robbins's originals (including the definitive western epic "El Paso," included here in its original, near-five-minute version) that offer persuasive arguments for his often-neglected skill as a writer. His lyrics display an acute eye for historically accurate detail, both personal and atmospheric, and a sense of narrative drama that you'd expect from Louis L'Amour. Tall tales on the order of "They're Hanging Me Tonight" and the harrowing "The Master's Call" are masterful works. Bonus tracks include the hit single "The Hanging Tree," but the real gift was already on the original album: a smooth, yearning version of the great Bob Nolan's "Cool Water" that brooks no comparison save for the Sons of the Pioneers' original version.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs was Marty Robbins' first album to consist entirely of Western and cowboy music. Containing the hit single "El Paso," the album was divided between originals, traditional cowboy songs, and contemporary Western songs. The result was a successful and thoroughly entertaining celebration of cowboy songs and Western movies, particularly since the songs are alternately idealistic and adventurous. Sure, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs doesn't deal in reality, but it is grounded in myth. It just happens to be one of the most effective and romantic statements of the cowboy mythology recorded in the late '50s and early '60s. [The 1999 CD reissue contains three bonus tracks: "The Hanging Tree," "Saddle Tramp," and "El Paso."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646599624
  • Catalog Number: 65996
  • Sales rank: 362

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Iron (3:58)
  2. 2 A Hundred And Sixty Acres (1:42)
  3. 3 They're Hanging Me Tonight (3:06)
  4. 4 Cool Water (3:11)
  5. 5 Billy The Kid (2:21)
  6. 6 Utah Carol (3:15)
  7. 7 The Strawberry Roan (3:25)
  8. 8 The Master's Call (3:07)
  9. 9 Running Gun (2:12)
  10. 10 El Paso (4:21)
  11. 11 In The Valley (1:51)
  12. 12 The Little Green Valley (2:30)
  13. 13 The Hanging Tree (2:53)
  14. 14 Saddle Tramp (2:06)
  15. 15 El Paso (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marty Robbins Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Grady Martin Guitar
Louis Dunn Drums
Jack Pruett Guitar
Bob Moore Bass
The Glaser Brothers Vocals
Technical Credits
Jim Glaser Composer
Tompall Glaser Composer
Billy Altman Liner Notes
Dave Kapp Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Jimmy Lowe Composer
Al Quaglieri Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Art Wolfe Composer
Mack David Composer
Traditional Composer
Don Cravens Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Close to perfection

    If you don't have this album, you don't have a Country Music collection. That is how important and how perfect an album Marty Robbins' Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs truly is. It isn't just one of the best Country albums of all time; it is one of the best albums ever made in any field. Listening to this album is like reliving all the best moments of every classic Western you ever saw, only better, because with this album you get the movie of your own imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of music's all-time greatest albums

    I can remember listening to Marty's "Gunfighter Ballads..." when I was a little kid as my dad played it often. Today, some decades later, I listen to it from time to time and realize what great talent Marty had. His way of bringing the old west to modern music opened our eyes to how life was then. "El Paso" is of course an all-time classic, along with "Big Iron" and "The Masters Call". This album is a must for any serious music fan. Few singers could ever match the great voice of Marty, as well as his song-writing ability and versatility. Truly Marty, some memories just won't die!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Marty's masterpiece

    This is one of the all time great albums of the Country and Western field. Coming hot on the tail of several big Pop field crossovers such as 'A White Sport Coat', 'Just Married' and ''The Story of my Life' Robbins returned to the Cowboy music of his Arizona roots. Marty's masterpiece 'El Paso' made its debut on this album and is simply a movie in song. Consistently voted in the all time top Country songs, Marty's spellbinding vocal accompanied by the great Grady Martin on guitar has a stark minimalism added to by two of Marty's band members Jim Glaser and Bobby Sykes. The original album went platinum and has sold consistently over a 40 year period. Other great Robbins' compositions 'Big Iron' and 'The Master's Call' are simply great as are Marty's superlative versions of 'Cool Water' 'They're Hanging me Tonight, 'Strawberry Roan' and 'Utah Carol'.

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