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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is as good as it gets for Johnny Western fans. And, in the absence of a single disc collection from Columbia or Rhino, it's also the only route to go to get any Johnny Western material other than "The Ballad of Paladin." The three-CD set with 200 minutes of music, which retails for a whopping $85, has everything that Western recorded from 1952 for JOCO up through his '70s sides for House of Cash, and a ton of rare radio transcription recordings. Disc One contains some unreleased Columbia sides, and the JOCO sides from 1952 and 1953, nicely restored, with John Field showing himself a great one-man western combo with the use of Les Paul-style overdubs. Disc Two features ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This is as good as it gets for Johnny Western fans. And, in the absence of a single disc collection from Columbia or Rhino, it's also the only route to go to get any Johnny Western material other than "The Ballad of Paladin." The three-CD set with 200 minutes of music, which retails for a whopping $85, has everything that Western recorded from 1952 for JOCO up through his '70s sides for House of Cash, and a ton of rare radio transcription recordings. Disc One contains some unreleased Columbia sides, and the JOCO sides from 1952 and 1953, nicely restored, with John Field showing himself a great one-man western combo with the use of Les Paul-style overdubs. Disc Two features more Columbia sides from the late '50s and early '60s, as well as Western's 1964 Philips sides and his songs cut for the Hep label in 1966. The Columbia material includes Western's attempts to crack the folk market, which may not have succeeded commercially but are great listening anyway. The Hep sides are the most interesting, however, for the sheer restraint that they show -- Western's later sides for Columbia and Philips showed a certain degree of excess on the production side, while the Hep sides benefit from a slightly leaner, more delicate backup. The House of Cash recordings featured on Disc Two also show off Western in a leaner setting, doing new performances and superb covers. Disc three consists of rare radio transcription performances done for the syndicated shows Country Style, USA and Country Music Time circa 1960, with Western doing sharp, lean renditions of numerous songs, backed by a band that included Marty Robbins on the piano. The material was a mix of country and folk standards, along with western material that he was directly associated with, and some fascinating covers. The sound on this material has held up exceptionally well, and it is exclusive to the Bear Family release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127155528
  • Catalog Number: 15552
  • Sales rank: 31,233

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ballad of Paladin (2:12)
  2. 2 The Guns of Rio Muerto - Richard Boone (2:07)
  3. 3 The Gunfighter (2:35)
  4. 4 Geronimo (2:26)
  5. 5 The Ballad of Paladin (1:55)
  6. 6 The Lonely Man (2:39)
  7. 7 Hannah Lee (High Are the Gallows) (2:26)
  8. 8 The Streets of Laredo (3:01)
  9. 9 Cowpoke (2:58)
  10. 10 The Lilies Grow High (2:56)
  11. 11 Cottonwood Tree (2:35)
  12. 12 Rollin' Dust (2:51)
  13. 13 The Searchers (2:16)
  14. 14 Nineteen Men (2:51)
  15. 15 The Long Tall Shadow (2:34)
  16. 16 The Last Roundup (3:35)
  17. 17 The Ballad of Paladin (1:56)
  18. 18 The Streets of Old Dodge City (2:31)
  19. 19 Mr. Rodeo Cowboy (3:04)
  20. 20 The Singin' Man (3:04)
  21. 21 The Big Battle (4:07)
  22. 22 Forty Shades of Green (2:55)
  23. 23 Violet and a Rose (2:57)
  24. 24 Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) (2:12)
  25. 25 Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way (2:29)
  26. 26 Little Buffalo Bill (2:20)
  27. 27 Love Me, Love Me, Love Me (2:38)
  28. 28 Honey, How Sweet Can You Be (2:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Echo of Your Voice (2:29)
  2. 2 Ten Years (2:19)
  3. 3 Uh Huh! (2:14)
  4. 4 Delia's Gone (2:59)
  5. 5 Time Has Run out on Me (2:31)
  6. 6 Willowgreen (3:02)
  7. 7 Don't Cry Little Girl (2:40)
  8. 8 Darling Corey (2:42)
  9. 9 Stranger, Drive Away (2:38)
  10. 10 I Love You More (2:25)
  11. 11 All by My Lonesome (2:32)
  12. 12 Just for the Record (2:44)
  13. 13 Kathy Come Home (2:38)
  14. 14 Only the Lonely (2:56)
  15. 15 Light the Fuse (2:23)
  16. 16 Tender Years (3:00)
  17. 17 Turn Around and Look at Me (2:33)
  18. 18 Sincerely Your Friend (2:19)
  19. 19 Violet and a Rose (3:25)
  20. 20 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town (2:40)
  21. 21 Used To (2:57)
  22. 22 I'll Try Hard to Forget You If I Can (2:27)
  23. 23 Whoever Finds This, I Love You (3:51)
  24. 24 The Last Time I Saw Phoenix (2:50)
  25. 25 The Hustler (2:29)
  26. 26 Forty Shades of Green (3:51)
  27. 27 You Wouldn't Know Love (3:33)
  28. 28 Arizona Morning (3:12)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stay a Little Longer, Stay All Night (Theme) (0:32)
  2. 2 The Ballad of Paladin (2:33)
  3. 3 Lonely Street (3:38)
  4. 4 You Weren't Ashamed to Kiss Me Last Night (2:30)
  5. 5 Rollin' Dust (2:57)
  6. 6 John Henry (2:23)
  7. 7 Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You) (3:28)
  8. 8 The Wayward Wind (1:52)
  9. 9 Gotta Travel On (2:16)
  10. 10 Cowpoke (3:04)
  11. 11 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (2:34)
  12. 12 I Still Miss Someone (2:58)
  13. 13 Only the Lonely (3:15)
  14. 14 I Take a Country Girl for Mine (Texas Bill Strength) (1:53)
  15. 15 Delia's Gone (3:14)
  16. 16 I Walk the Line (2:02)
  17. 17 The Lilies Grow High (2:42)
  18. 18 Stay a Little Longer, Stay All Night (Theme) (0:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Western Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Cash Leader
Floyd Cramer Piano
Joe Maphis Guitar
Jerry Reed Guitar
Marty Robbins Piano
Buddy Clark Bass
Jim Glaser Vocal Ad-Libs
Grady Martin Guitar, Leader
Gordon Terry Fiddle
Joe Babcock Vocals
Richard Boone Narrator
Harold Bradley Guitar
Bobby Bruce Violin
Billy Byrd Guitar
Jack Clement Rhythm Guitar
Ray Edenton Guitar
Phil Forrest Vocals
Bobby Gibbons Guitar
Larry Good Rhythm Guitar
Marshall Grant Bass
Joe Green Steel Guitar
Wayne Moore Bass
Louis Dean Nunley Vocals
John Pearson Bass
Allan Reuss Guitar
Harold Rugg Steel Guitar
Jerry Shook Guitar
Gary White Viola
John C. Williams Bass
Joe Zinkan Bass
Hubert Anderson Percussion
W.S. Holland Drums
Marilyn Harman Drums
Marvin Hughes Piano
James M. McGee Horn
William Whitney Pursell Piano
Olcott Vail Violin
Joseph Livoti Violin
Elliot Fisher Violin
Jack Halloran Vocals
Wayne Burdick Steel Guitar
Art Sparer Guitar
Jerry G. Kennedy Guitar
Jimmy Wilson Piano
Frank Green Violin
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Accordion, Leader
Anthony F. Olson Violin
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Alex Garland Guitar
Rick Gilbreath Piano
Bil Hargraves Drums
Joe Allen Bass
Robert E. Bays French Horn
Irving Kluger Drums
John Fields Bass, Guitar, Steel Guitar, Overdubs
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Producer
Johnny Cash Composer
Ray Price Composer
The Sons of the Pioneers Vocal Group
Michael Bolton Composer
The Jordanaires Vocal Group
Roy Orbison Composer
Hank Mobley Composer
Jerry Donahue Composer
Marlin Greene Composer
Stan Jones Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Johnny Western Illustrations
The Anita Kerr Singers Vocal Group
Bob Jones Mastering
Chan Kinchla Composer
Steve Lukather Composer
David Paich Composer
Jeff Porcaro Composer
Steve Porcaro Composer
Mike Porcaro Composer
John Smith Liner Notes
Diane Warren Composer
Mark Wilder Tape Research
Hubert Anderson Vibe Master
Jack Halloran Vocal Group
Brian Tarquin Composer
Dale Vinicur Biographical Editor
Rebecca Everett Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Tape Research
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Joe Melson Composer
Dave Lazar Composer
Dick Toops Composer
Scotty Wiseman Composer
Chris Ingram Composer
Roy Cash Composer
Larry Ehrlich Composer
Arden Hart Composer
Traditional Composer
Sylke Lohmeyer Artwork
Karl Silbersdorf Composer
Jim Beck Composer
Tom Six Composer
Hill Composer
Dave Lazer Composer
The Tennessee Two Vocal Group
John Lowell Composer
Pat Lavery Composer
D. Foops Composer
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