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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
Two of Marty Robbins' very finest albums, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs and More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, are combined on this excellent single disc. With his cowboy albums, Robbins helped keep western music alive during the late '50s and early '60s, and the warm, affectionate spirite of this music illustrates why. The disc contains such hits as "El Paso," "Big Iron" and "Five Brothers," as well as classic versions of "Streets of Laredo" and "Strawberry Roan," and other western standards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/1999
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • EAN: 5099748403322
  • Catalog Number: 484033

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
Marty Robbins Arranger, Composer
Tompall Glaser Composer
Billy Altman Liner Notes
Dave Kapp Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Jimmy Lowe Composer
Al Quaglieri Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Art Wolfe Composer
Traditional Composer
Brian Belton Liner Notes
Don Cravens Cover Photo
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  • Posted June 2, 2012

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    There are some great songs here. Big Iron is a classic that I fi

    There are some great songs here. Big Iron is a classic that I first heard done by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. However, some of the ballads seem a bit dated and sound like the 50s. Another thing that mars my enjoyment is the smoothness of the production and Robbin's vocals. This was done before Johnny Cash, Waylon, and Willie brought an edge to country and I think that interferes with my enjoyment of these praiseworthy albums.

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