Saturday, December 16, 2017

Marty Robbins - Under Western Skies (1995)


1995 | Country, Bluegrass | Mp3 320 kbps | 4 CD | 702 Mb

Four CDs covering Marty Robbins' complete Western recordings, 99 songs in all from 1958 until 1979. As a concept, Under Western Skies is cohesive and enjoyable, largely because Robbins' music, regardless of the particular year in which it was recorded, is unified thematically. It's also a superb showcase for Robbins' voice, one of the most versatile in country & western -- he was equally adept at rock & roll, traditional country, or Western ballads dating back 100 years or more, but he had a way of extending the latter genre's melodic beauty and lyricism without ever seeming repetitive. Thus, it wasn't just that Robbins was covering this repertory, but that he was doing it in ways that, as a solo artist of his era, were just about definitive. Disc One contains songs from Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs and parts of the follow-up record, More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. Disc Two is devoted to songs from Return of the Gunfighter and the rest of More Gunfighter Ballads, filled out with songs that only appeared previously in 1984 on a Bear Family vinyl release. By the mid-'60s, Robbins' voice was even better, richer and more confident on this material, and Disc Three reflects this. Disc Four extends up through 1979, and it's something of a tribute to Robbins' success with this repertory that precious little was left in the vaults for Bear Family or anyone else to unearth and issue for the first time. The accompanying booklet is 60 pages long, and while it does seem as though the essay is not as well organized as it might have been, it's interesting overall, highlighted with excellent photographs and accompanied by lyrics to each of the songs and a full sessionography. 




 CD 1
1. El Paso (Long Version - Mono) (1959 CL 1349) (4:43)
2. Cool Water (1959 CS 8158) (3:13)
3. In The Valley (1959 CS 8158) (1:52)
4. Running Gun (1959 CS 8158) (2:15)
5. Big Iron (1959 CS 8158) (3:58)
6. The Master's Call (1959 CS 8158) (3:11)
7. The Little Green Valley (1959 CS 8158) (2:30)
8. A Hundred And Sixty Acres (1959 CS 8158) (1:45)
9. Billy The Kid (1959 CS 8158) (2:24)
10. The Strawberry Roan (1959 CS 8158) (3:28)
11. They're Hanging Me Tonight (1959 CS 8158) (3:09)
12. Utah Carol (1959 CS 8158) (3:17)
13. Saddle Tramp (1960 Columbia Single 4-41589) (2:08)
14. She Was Young And She Was Pretty (1960 CS 8272) (3:01)
15. Streets Of Laredo (1960 CS 8272) (2:49)
16. Little Joe, The Wrangler (1960 CS 8272) (4:11)
17. I've Got No Use For The Women (1960 CS 8272) (3:24)
18. Billy Venero (Recorded 1960 - Released 1984 BFX 15146) (3:52)
19. This Peaceful Sod (1960 CS 8272) (1:58)
20. Five Brothers (1960 CS 8272) (2:15)
21. San Angelo (1960 CS 8272) (5:42)
22. Ballad Of The Alamo (Thirteen Days Of Glory) (1960 Columbia Single 4-41809) (3:41)
23. The Hanging Tree (1958 Columbia Single 4-1325) (2:51)

CD 2
1. Jimmy Martinez (1961 Columbia Single 4-42008) (3:30)
2. Ghost Train (1961 Columbia Single 4-42008) (3:11)
3. Song Of The Bandit (1960 CS 8272) (2:34)
4. Wind (Recorded 1960 - Released 1984 KC2 39575) (2:59)
5. Prairie Fire (1960 CS 8272) (2:20)
6. My Love (1960 CS 8272) (1:47)
7. Ride Cowboy Ride (1960 CS 8272) (3:18)
8. Red River Valley (Recorded 1960 - Released 1961 CS 8435) (2:27)
9. The Bend In The River (Recorded 1961 - Released 1962 CS 8655) (2:35)
10. When The Work's All Done This Fall (1984) (2:33)
11. Abilene Rose (1962 CS 8655) (3:05)
12. Dusty Winds (1962 CS 8655) (1:56)
13. Old Red (Recorded 1962 - Released 1984 BFX 15183) (3:03)
14. Doggone Cowboy (Recorded 1962 - Released 1963 CS 8872) (2:14)
15. When The Work's All Done This Fall (Version 2) (Recorded 1962 - Released 1984 BFX 15147) (2:44)
16. Small Man (Recorded 1962 - Released 1984 BFX 15183) (4:27)
17. The Red Hills Of Utah (Recorded 1962 - Released 1963 CS 8872) (2:10)
18. Tall Handsome Stranger (Recorded 1962 - Released 1963 CS 8872) (2:06)
19. The Fastest Gun Around (Recorded 1962 - Released 1963 CS 8872) (1:49)
20. San Angelo (Recorded 1962 - Released 1963 CS 8872) (5:37)
21. Old Red (Recorded 1962 - Released 1963 CS 8872) (3:13)
22. Man Walks Among Us (1963 CS 8872) (3:11)
23. Johnny Fedavo (1963 CS 8872) (3:08)
24. The Master's Call (1963 CS 8872) (2:58)
25. El Paso (Short Version-Stereo) (1959 CS 8639) (4:21)

CD 3
1. The Cowboy In The Continental Suit (1963 Columbia Single 4-43049) (2:58)
2. I'm Gonna Be A Cowboy (Recorded 1964 - Released 1984 KC2 39575) (1:55)
3. Cry Stampede (1966 9327) (2:18)
4. Oh, Virginia (1966 9327) (3:45)
5. Meet Me Tonight In Laredo (1966 9327) (3:27)
6. Take Me Back To The Prairie (1966 9327) (2:20)
7. The Wind Goes (1966 9327) (1:45)
8. An Old Pal, A Real Pal (Recorded 1966 - Released 1984 BFX 15213) (2:52)
9. Feleena (From El Paso) (1966 9327) (8:21)
10. Never Tie Me Down (1966 9327) (1:33)
11. Lonely Old Bunkhouse (Recorded 1966 - Released 1984 KC2 39575) (2:02)
12. Night Time On The Desert (Recorded 1966 - Released 1984 KC2 39575) (2:22)
13. Cottonwood Tree (1966 9327) (4:00)
14. Mister Shorty (1966 9327) (5:02)
15. When It's Lamplighting Time In The Valley (Recorded 1966 - Released 1995 BCD 15646-3) (2:38)
16. Is There Anything Left I Can Say (1967 CS 9525) (2:02)
17. Tonight Carmen (1967 CS 9525) (2:48)
18. Waiting In Reno (1967 CS 9525) (2:28)
19. The Mission In Guadalajara (1967 CS 9525) (2:38)
20. Love's Gone Away (1967 CS 9525) (2:16)
21. Bound For Old Mexico (1967 CS 9525) (3:01)
22. Chapel Bell Chime (1967 CS 9525) (2:54)
23. Don't Go Away Senor (1967 CS 9525) (2:41)
24. In The Valley Of The Rio Grande (1967 CS 9525) (2:26)
25. (The Girl With) Gardenias In Her Hair (1967 CS 9525) (2:38)
26. Spanish Lullaby (1967 CS 9525) (3:22)

CD 4
1. That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (Recorded 1966 - Released 1995 BCD 15646) (3:29)
2. Chant Of The Wanderer (Recorded 1968 - Released 1984 KC2 39575) (2:11)
3. (Ghost) Riders In The Sky (Recorded 1969 - Released 1984 KC2 39575) (3:35)
4. South Of The Border (Recorded 1973 - Released 1995 BCD 15646) (2:15)
5. Sundown (Ballad Of Bill Thaxton) (Recorded 1973 - Released 1976 KC 34303) (5:00)
6. Queen Of The Big Rodeo (Recorded 1974 - Released 1995 BCD 15646) (2:59)
7. Ava Maria Morales (Recorded 1974 - Released 1976 KC 34303) (4:26)
8. The Outlaws (Recorded 1974 - Released 1995 BCD 15646) (2:53)
9. El Paso City (1976 KC 34303) (4:16)
10. I'm Kin To The Wind (1976 KC 34303) (2:11)
11. Trail Dreamin' (1976 KC 34303) (1:45)
12. She's Just A Drifter (1976 KC 34303) (2:50)
13. Way Out There (1976 KC 34303) (2:20)
14. The Ballad Of The Small Man (Recorded 1977 - Released 1979 JC 36085) (4:04)
15. Tumbling Tumbleweeds (Recorded 1977 - Released 1979 JC 36085) (2:54)
16. San Angelo (1979 JC 36085) (4:33)
17. Pride And The Badge (1979 JC 36085) (5:53)
18. All Around Cowboy (1979 JC 36085) (3:07)
19. Restless Cattle (1979 JC 36085) (2:39)
20. The Dreamer (1979 JC 36085) (4:01)
21. Lonely Old Bunkhouse (1979 JC 36085) (2:19)
22. Ava Maria Morales (Undubbed) (Recorded 1974 - Released 1995 BCD 15646) (4:34)
23. Shotgun Rider (Recorded 1975 - Released 1995 BCD 15646) (2:52)


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