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The Essential Marty Robbins

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. I'll Go on Alone
    2. I Couldn't Keep From
    3. That's All Right
    4. I Can't Quit (I've Gone Too Far)
    5. Singing the Blues
    6. Mister Teardrop
    7. Knee Deep in the Blues
    8. White Sport Coat, A (And a Pink Carnation)
    9. Story of My Life, The
    10. She Was Only Seventeen (And He Was One Year More)
    11. Just Married
    12. Stairway of Love
    13. Ain't the Lucky One
    14. Hanging Tree, The
    15. El Paso
    16. Big Iron
    17. Ballad of the Alamo
    18. Don't Worry
    19. Devil Woman
    20. Ruby Ann
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Cigarettes and Coffee Blues
    2. Begging to You
    3. Cowboy in the Continental Suit, The
    4. Ribbon of Darkness
    5. Faleena (From el Paso)
    6. Tonight Carmen
    7. Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight, The
    8. I Walk Alone
    9. You Gave Me a Mountain
    10. My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
    11. This Much a Man
    12. Walking Piece of Heaven
    13. Love Me
    14. El Paso City
    15. Among My Souvenirs
    16. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
    17. Don't Let Me Touch You
    18. Return to Me
    19. Some Memories Just Won't Die
    20. Honkytonk Man
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 92569

  • Credits
    ProducerDon Law; Mitch Miller; Frank Jones; Bob Johnston; Billy Sherrill; Gregg Geller (Compilation)

    Personnel: Marty Robbins (vocals, piano); Tony Mottola, Jimmy Rollins (guitar); Johnny Gimble (fiddle); Dick Hyman, Floyd Cramer, Owen Bradley, Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano); Jerry Byrd (bass guitar).
    One of the most versatile artists in country-music history, Marty Robbins covered a wide range of styles over his three decades of recording. Robbins's earliest 1950s singles veered from pop to rockabilly to straight-up country, building up momentum that truly kicked in with 1957's breezy "A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)." This country/pop crossover hit marked one of Robbins's first outings with arranger Ray Conniff, a collaboration that would yield numerous successful singles.
    Columbia/Legacy's THE ESSENTIAL MARTY ROBBINS surveys the crooner's '50s/'60s heyday, including the aforementioned song and his beloved forays into gritty Western territory, most notably the runaway hit "El Paso," a classic gun-slinging tale of ill-fated romance, and "Big Iron," a suspenseful recounting of an impending showdown. The collection follows Robbins through the '70s and into the early '80s, his smooth, clear vocals always at the fore. Although it shares many tracks with the similarly titled THE ESSENTIAL MARTY ROBBINS: 1951-1982, this two-disc compilation focuses more on Robbins's later years (including his posthumous hit--the lush, sweeping "Honkytonk Man"). Those looking for the most even-handed overview of Robbins's career will find it here.

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