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Essential Gunfighter Ballads & More

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. El Paso
    2. Cool Water
    3. Big Iron
    4. Billy the Kid
    5. They're Hanging Me Tonight
    6. Hundred and Sixty Acres, A
    7. Strawberry Roan, The
    8. In the Valley
    9. Master's Call, The
    10. Running Gun
    11. Little Green Valley, The
    12. Utah Carol
    13. Tomorrow You'll Be Gone
    14. I'll Go on Alone
    15. I Couldn't Keep from Crying
    16. Pain and Misery
    17. Lovesick Blues
    18. I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry
    19. Moanin' the Blues
    20. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
    0. DISC 2:
    1. That's All Right
    2. Singing the Blues
    3. Knee Deep in the Blues
    4. Story of My Life, The
    5. White Sport Coat, A (And a Pink Carnation)
    6. She Was Only Seventeen (He Was One Year More)
    7. Kaw-Liga
    8. Hanging Tree, The
    9. Long Tall Sally
    10. Maybelline
    11. Just Married
    12. Wedding Bells
    13. Shackles and Chains
    14. Hands You're Holding Now, The
    15. Then I Turned and Walked Slowly Away
    16. Waltz of the Wind
    17. Judy
    18. Sweet Lies
    19. Crying Steel Guitar Waltz
    20. Song of the Islands
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2009095

  • Credits

    Photographer: Frank Driggs.
    Primo Records is a compilation label from the Czech Republic; they assemble solid collections of big name American roots artists primarily from the genres of country, blues, soul, and rhythm & blues, and sell them for budget prices. This set presents Marty Robbins signature Gunfighter Ballads album from 1959 with its chart-topping hit "El Paso," and packages it with most of his singles from the '50s, going as far back as 1953 with "I'll Go on Alone," which hit the number one spot, and its follow-up, "Crying Cause I Love You." His historically significant covers of Hank Williams' "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Kaw-Liga" are here, as are some of his rockabilly and rock & roll hits including "White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation," and his readings of Chuck Berry's "Maybelline" and Little Richard Penniman's "Long Tall Sally." In all, there are 40 cuts that run the range of Robbins' wildly diverse gift for interpretive song inside and outside of the country tradition, given his knack for nailing hit after hit with his singles during the period. Given the price, this is preferable to many other compilations that rely too heavily on the gunfighter songs and/or ballads he recorded after 1959. Certainly, Robbins had many hits in the '60s and even into the `70s, but these '50s sides are inarguably among the best in his catalog. ~ Thom Jurek

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