Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs [Bonus Tracks]

Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs [Bonus Tracks]

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by Marty Robbins
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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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."]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646599624
catalogNumber:
65996
Rank:
1556

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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
Glaser Brothers   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Glaser   Composer
Tompall Glaser   Composer
Billy Altman   Liner Notes
Dave Kapp   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Jimmy Lowe   Composer
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Art Wolfe   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Don Cravens   Cover Photo

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