Happy Trails

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Erich Kunzel's first Western album, Round Up, was so beloved by audiophiles and cowboy fans that Telarc rustled up this sequel two years later, recording the music quickly in one day. Like most sequels, this one subtitled "Round-Up 2" isn't quite as wonderful; the pickings from the cinema are slimmer and the Cincinnati Pops' performances fall just a bit short on the pizazz scale. Part of the latter is due to the generally more subdued nature of the material -- with spirited exceptions like Jerry Fielding's Mexican guaracha-flavored theme from The Wild Bunch -- but others just could use more fire. The Air Force Singing Sergeants are featured most effectively in a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Erich Kunzel's first Western album, Round Up, was so beloved by audiophiles and cowboy fans that Telarc rustled up this sequel two years later, recording the music quickly in one day. Like most sequels, this one subtitled "Round-Up 2" isn't quite as wonderful; the pickings from the cinema are slimmer and the Cincinnati Pops' performances fall just a bit short on the pizazz scale. Part of the latter is due to the generally more subdued nature of the material -- with spirited exceptions like Jerry Fielding's Mexican guaracha-flavored theme from The Wild Bunch -- but others just could use more fire. The Air Force Singing Sergeants are featured most effectively in a surprisingly moody, haunting medley of cowboy songs arranged very creatively by Chris Brubeck. Whereas Round Up had Frankie Laine, Happy Trails gives you Sherrill Milnes, whose operatic baritone is a bit staid for the likes of "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," and especially the whip-cracking "Mule Train" which goes limp. Yet, there are some endearingly authentic touches that Happy Trails' predecessor did not have -- like Gene Autry, who hadn't recorded anything in decades yet was persuaded to recite his "The Cowboy Code" from the 1930s, whose compassionate wisdom on how to live one's life is totally at odds with today's aggressive cowboy stereotype. Or Roy Rogers, who in his first encounter ever with a symphony orchestra, warbles through "Happy Trails to You" like an aging cowboy -- a document of overpowering nostalgia. And in true Telarc fashion, there are three sound-effects tracks to give the package a bit of atmosphere -- and sound buffs something to damage their ears with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/1989
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408019128
  • Catalog Number: 80191
  • Sales rank: 16,708

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stampede - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (0:48)
  2. 2 Theme from the Sons of Katie Elder - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (1:58)
  3. 3 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky - Sherrill Milnes (3:50)
  4. 4 Theme from the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (3:00)
  5. 5 Prelude - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (1:38)
  6. 6 Buggy Ride - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:14)
  7. 7 Prelude (2:21)
  8. 8 The Green Leaves of Summer (4:39)
  9. 9 Theme from the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Sherrill Milnes (3:04)
  10. 10 Theme from Johnny Guitar - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:18)
  11. 11 The Cowboys - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:43)
  12. 12 Back in the Saddle Again - Gene Autry (1:24)
  13. 13 Cowboy Songs (8:12)
  14. 14 Mule Train - Sherrill Milnes (3:02)
  15. 15 Saloon Brawl - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (0:50)
  16. 16 Theme from the Wild Bunch - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:45)
  17. 17 Theme from Lonesome Dove - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:21)
  18. 18 Theme from Oklahoma Crude - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:21)
  19. 19 Authentic Steam Engine - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (0:26)
  20. 20 Orange Blossom Special - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:05)
  21. 21 Medley of TV Western Themes - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (7:11)
  22. 22 Happy Trails - Roy Rogers (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erich Kunzel Primary Artist
Roy Rogers Track Performer
Gene Autry Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Sherrill Milnes Baritone (Vocal), Track Performer
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Track Performer
Rosalind Ilett Piano
Denny Jones Fiddle
United States Air Force Singing Sergeants Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Erich Kunzel Composer
Lt. Col. James M. Bankhead Director
Michael Bishop Engineer
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Contributor
Jack Renner Engineer
Robert Woods Producer
Ray Kirschensteiner Art Direction
Mikael P. Eriksson Artwork
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