Western Years

The Western Years

by Tom Russell
     
 
Along with The Long Way Around, another acoustic package also released in 1997, Song of the West was Tom Russell's attempt to sum up the previous ten years of his career on two newly recorded CDs. This package, which he calls "our definitive cowboy collection," focuses on his best-loved covers and originals about life in

Overview

Along with The Long Way Around, another acoustic package also released in 1997, Song of the West was Tom Russell's attempt to sum up the previous ten years of his career on two newly recorded CDs. This package, which he calls "our definitive cowboy collection," focuses on his best-loved covers and originals about life in the Southwest. Among the 15 tracks: a live version of "The Sky Above, the Mud Below," a deftly told tale of horse thieves in the old West; a great reading of "Navajo Rug," which Russell wrote with Ian Tyson; "Alkalai," which he first recorded in 1976 with then-partner Patricia Hardin; and "Gallo del Dielo," a musically and lyrically marvelous original about a Mexican who tries to raise money to buy back land that had been stolen from his father. The Long Way Around probably offers the best introduction to Russell, but if you like that, by all means run out and get this album as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2014
Label:
Rockbeat Records
UPC:
0089353325725
catalogNumber:
3257
Rank:
14407

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Tonight We Ride
  2. East Texas Red
  3. El Paso
  4. Little Blue Horse
  5. Hills of Old Juarez
  6. Old Blue
  7. California Snow
  8. Sitting Bull In Venice
  9. Bucking Horse Moon
  10. Seven Curses
  11. Chickasaw County Jail
  12. Tramps & Hawkers
  13. Grapevine
  14. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  15. Claude Dallas
  16. The Ballad of William Sycamore

Disc 2

  1. Dance Hall Girls
  2. El Llano Estacado
  3. The Man From God Knows Where, Pt. 1
  4. Patrick Russell
  5. Down the Rio Grande (Aka Rio Grande)
  6. Prairie In the Sky
  7. Casey Jones
  8. Stealing Electricity
  9. Racehorse Haynes
  10. Gulf Coast Highway
  11. Bacon Rind, Chief Seattle, The Balld of Ira Hayes
  12. The Santa Fe At Midnight
  13. The Ballad of Sally Rose
  14. American Rivers
  15. Santa Ana Wind
  16. Navajo Rug
  17. El Gallo Del Cielo
  18. The Sky Above, the Mud Below

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