Essential Gene Autry

The Essential Gene Autry

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This double-CD Gene Autry compilation, though impressive on a sonic level, and reasonably full, isn't quite perfect. Oh, it covers all of the basics and even gives some play to aspects of Autry such as his blues singing, represented by "Dallas County Jail Blues" and "T.B. Blues," that usually isn't familiar to listeners whose knowledge is limited to the hits such as

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This double-CD Gene Autry compilation, though impressive on a sonic level, and reasonably full, isn't quite perfect. Oh, it covers all of the basics and even gives some play to aspects of Autry such as his blues singing, represented by "Dallas County Jail Blues" and "T.B. Blues," that usually isn't familiar to listeners whose knowledge is limited to the hits such as "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine," "Back in the Saddle Again," "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)," or "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." And it works in such personally and musically expressive tracks as "The Death of Jimmie Rodgers," as well. And the annotation is also nice and full, as far as any of it goes in this Sony Music series. Yet, somehow, they managed to miss some pretty essential songs here, including Autry's version of "Blueberry Hill," which was a hit more than a decade before Fats Domino cut the song and would constitute a major revelation for anyone under the age of 50 who hears this set. In its defense, the sound is excellent, much of the material transferred from original metal parts and given first-class treatment, though even that is sort of second-hand -- this set utilizes the same masters prepared by ace reissue producer Nick Shaffran for an even better Autry three-CD reissue done for mail-order release.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646377925
catalogNumber:
63779
Rank:
52535

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Back in the Saddle Again
  2. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
  3. The Life of Jimmie Rodgers
  4. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  5. The Convict's Dream
  6. Dallas County Jail Blues
  7. Dear Old Western Skies
  8. The Yellow Rose of Texas
  9. Mexicali Rose
  10. T.B. Blues
  11. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  12. Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)
  13. Listen to the Rhythm of the Range
  14. That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine
  15. When It's Springtime in the Rockies
  16. Be Honest With Me
  17. It Makes No Difference Now
  18. Deep in the Heart of Texas
  19. Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle
  20. You Are My Sunshine

Disc 2

  1. Jingle Jangle Jingle
  2. Don't Fence Me In
  3. Oklahoma Hills
  4. Gallivantin' Galveston Gal
  5. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  6. Goodnight Irene
  7. Sioux City Sue
  8. Home on the Range
  9. Roly Poly
  10. I Hang My Head and Cry
  11. God Bless America
  12. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
  13. On Top of Old Smokey
  14. Buttons and Bows
  15. Old Chisholm Trail
  16. Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away
  17. Dixie Cannonball
  18. Peter Cottontail
  19. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
  20. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Autry   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Red Foley   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Floyd Tillman   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Jack Guthrie   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
J.J. Lilley   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Dick Thomas   Composer
Ray Whitley   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Teddy Powell   Composer
Holly George-Warren   Liner Notes
Carl Cotner   Arranger,Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Johnny Marvin   Composer
Bob Nolan   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
A. Gamse   Composer
Milton Leeds   Composer
Jose Maria La Calle   Composer
Jimmy Long   Composer
Jack Rollins   Composer
Walter Samuels   Composer
Robert Sauer   Composer
Helen Stone   Composer
Don Swander   Composer
Jack Tenney   Composer
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
Mary Hale Woolsey   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Ray Freedman   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Raymond Hall   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bob Miller   Composer
Oakley Haldeman   Composer
Triana DOrazio   Package Manager
W.R. Calaway   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Norm Elrod   Package Manager
Karla Buhlman   Executive Producer
Howard Levine   Photo Restoration
Steve Nelson   Composer
June Hershey   Composer

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The Essential Gene Autry 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the old cowboy songs and a few of the Gene Autry favorites then get this CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago