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Sing Cowboy Sing: The Gene Autry Collection
Genres: Country, Pop
Many of the songs on this three-CD box set appear on other albums, but not in these versions. These are transcriptions from Autry's Melody Ranch radio show, which aired from 1940 to 1956. As such, they offer up some powerf... more »
Many of the songs on this three-CD box set appear on other albums, but not in these versions. These are transcriptions from Autry's Melody Ranch radio show, which aired from 1940 to 1956. As such, they offer up some powerful nostalgia, even to listeners who weren't alive then. Happily, though, the music's just as potent on its own terms. Hollywood's singing cowboys (and their music) had little to do with real cowboys (and their music), but it's hard to debate authenticity while Autry is so agreeably crooning "Back in the Saddle Again," "You Are My Sunshine," and "Don't Fence Me In" to the friends and neighbors out there in radio land. --John Morthland
Look closely before you buy it.
Cory L. Schwent | Bloomsdale, MO United States | 04/30/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Hey a Gene Autry boxed set!!!! What a disapointment. Now this isn't bad music by any means. I rushed out and got this, got it home and discovered 80% of these recordings are not the original hit versions, they are versions off his TV show. Now why not mention that in great big letters on the cover. Only when you read the booklet inside do you discover this. You think you should be let in on this information."
MELODY RANCH RADIO
PATRICIA T. ALMDALE | AULANDER, NC USA | 03/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"GENE AUTRY FANS WILL LOVE THIS SET. IF YOU LONG TO HEAR SOME OF THE OLD RADIO PROGRAMS THAT WERE AIRED EVERY SUNDAY ON MELODY RANCH RADIO PROGRAM,THEN THIS IS IT. UNFORTUNATELY, NONE OF THE DRAMA SCENES WERE INCLUDED, BUT ALL SAID AND DONE THIS GIVES YOU A HINT OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO LISTEN TO GENE AUTRY'S MELODY RANCH YEARS AGO. ONE OF THE BEST SETS OF SONGS EVER COMPILED. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR AVID GENE AUTRY FANS. IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHY THEY CALLED HIM "AMERICA'S FAVORITE SINGING COWBOY" JUST LISTEN TO "SING, COWBOY, SING" AND YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHY."
GREAT RADIO BROADCASTS FROM GENE AUTRY
Anton Garcia Fernandez | Nashville, TN | 03/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with Mr Schwent: a boxset like this should specify on the cover that it does not include the original versions of the collected songs. And I actually wonder why Rhino, who are usually so accurate when it comes to their releases, did not warn the buyer about it. The fact that the boxset features unreleased cuts from Gene Autry's "Melody Ranch" radio series is a real plus to purchase the set, especially for those of us who already have the studio versions of these songs, some of which were not recorded commercially by Autry.
Autry's relaxed style, so close to that of crooners like Bing Crosby (who also recorded several country and western songs), shines throughout the three CDs, in some cases even beating the studio versions to a punch. Guest stars such as Jo Stafford and Rosemary Clooney add to the charm of the radio broadcasts, which capture the magic of 1940s radio, complete with spoken introductions by Gene, who sings before a live audience. The booklet is illustrated with dozens of pictures and includes a fine essay by Ranger Doug (from Riders in the Sky), as well as song-by-song commentary.
All in all, the set is a must buy for all Gene Autry fans. Since it is out of print, I strongly advise everyone to get a second-hand copy while they are available. You won't regret it!"