Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs/More Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs

Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs/More Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs

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by Marty Robbins
     
 
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

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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
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/1999
Label:
Columbia Europe
UPC:
5099748403322
catalogNumber:
484033

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Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs/More Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
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.