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The Essential Marty Robbins

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969256923
  • Catalog Number: 92569
  • Sales rank: 27,161

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marty Robbins Primary Artist, Piano
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Dick Hyman Piano
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Al 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
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
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
Melvin Endsley Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Walter Haynes Producer
Bob Johnston Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
J. Livingston Composer
Billy Sherrill Producer
Al Allen Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Herbert Wilson Composer
Danny DiMinno Composer
M. Davis Composer
Tom Choi Package Manager
Bob Montgomery Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Classic Collection of Western Love Songs.

    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.

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