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Essential Marty Robbins
     

The Essential Marty Robbins

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by Marty Robbins
 
Another Marty Robbins anthology, another reason to marvel anew at the breadth, depth, and integrity of "Mister Teardrop" 's overwhelming artistry. The 40 tracks on these two CDs trace the arc of Robbins's 30-year recording career, largely on the Columbia label (save for a brief fling with MCA in the early '70s, also represented here). He penned more than a few

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Another Marty Robbins anthology, another reason to marvel anew at the breadth, depth, and integrity of "Mister Teardrop" 's overwhelming artistry. The 40 tracks on these two CDs trace the arc of Robbins's 30-year recording career, largely on the Columbia label (save for a brief fling with MCA in the early '70s, also represented here). He penned more than a few western classics -- including the towering "El Paso" and its underappreciated -- though chart-topping -- sequel, "El Paso City," but Robbins never limited himself to one genre, effortlessly intertwining pop, country, rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, traditional country, and blues with an enviable emotional commitment. It wasn't so much the high caliber of material he wrote or covered that set him apart, but rather the soulful and intelligent use he made of his beautiful, plaintive tenor voice to convey the sharpest lyrics with a potent punch. Robbins was fully invested in every note he sang, and that sense of giving unsparingly of his heart and soul continues to amaze, whether on the baroque Mitch Miller productions on Robbins's landmark '50s hits "A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)" and "The Story of My Life," the spare, basic band arrangements of "El Paso" and "Big Iron," or the schmaltzy orchestral charts on melodramatic ballads such as "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife." Artists like Marty Robbins and his peer Johnny Cash, who stayed true to their vision throughout their lives, leave behind an astounding, enduring body of work.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Sony's Essential Marty Robbins highlights 40 remastered tracks recorded during the singer's lengthy tenure with Columbia, following the major paths Robbins' 30-year-career took. Starting with his first number one country single, "I'll Go On Alone," in 1952 and the crossover pop collaborations of the era with Mitch Miller and the Ray Conniff Orchestra, the package wraps up with his final Top Ten country single from 1982, "Honkytonk Man." Ample space is given to the much revered gunfighter ballads of the early '60s and several Billy Sherrill-produced singles in the mid-'70s. While these discs contain a wealth of Robbins material from which to choose, Essential only hints at the singer's ability to easily grasp and interpret varied stylistic genres of music. With that in mind, Sony's 1991 Essential Marty Robbins: 1951-1982 is still the recommended set as it features an extra ten tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969256923
catalogNumber:
92569
Rank:
9209

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Robbins   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Dick Hyman   Piano
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Caiola   Guitar
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Tommy Allsup   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Billy Mure   Guitar
Bill Pursell   Organ,Piano
Si Zentner   Trombone
Don Arnone   Guitar
Ken Bell   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Larry Butler   Piano
Hillous Butrum   Guitar
Clay Caire   Drums
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Frank Carroll   Bass
Floyd Chance   Bass
Charlie Daniels   Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Kenny Malone   Drums
Kenny Mims   Guitar
Richard Morris   Marimbas,Bells,Vibes
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Ron Oates   Keyboards
Bill Pittman   Guitar
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Allan Reuss   Guitar
George Richey   Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Don Roth   Guitar
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
James Stroud   Drums
Pete Wade   Guitar
James Farmer   Steel Guitar
Jerry Byrd   Bass,Bass Guitar
Harold Carmack   Piano
Farris Coursey   Drums
Louis Dunn   Drums
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Jack Pruett   Guitar
Jimmy Rollins   Guitar
Slim Harbert   Bass
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Bass
Andrew Ackers   Piano
Floyd Lanning   Guitar
Ted Romersa   Drums
Donald Slayman   Fiddle
Philip Stephens   Bass
Frover Lavender   Fiddle
Owen Nradley   Piano
Hilmer J. Timbrell   Guitar
Jack Wade   Guitar
Joe Knight   Guitar
Steven Schaeffer   Bass

Technical Credits

Marty Robbins   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer,Audio Production
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett   Producer
Walter Haynes   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer,Audio Production
Frank Jones   Producer,Audio Production
Don Law   Producer,Audio Production
J. Livingston   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer,Audio Production
Allen   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Herbert Wilson   Composer
Danny DiMinno   Composer
M. Davis   Composer
Tom Choi   Package Manager
Bob Montgomery   Producer

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The Essential Marty Robbins 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Shamudave More than 1 year ago
This is a classic collection of Western love songs representative of Country and Western music of the 60's and 70's. Although Marty Robbins never ascended to the pinnacle of being named CMA Entertainer of the Year, or even Male Vocalist of the Year. But his music was a staple on the Country & Western music charts during the 60's, 70's, and early 80's.