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Under Western Skies
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Although he lived most of his life in Nashville, Marty never left the west behind. He proved that he could masterfully reinterpret classic western ballads, as well as write new ones every bit as good as the old ones. His w... more »
Although he lived most of his life in Nashville, Marty never left the west behind. He proved that he could masterfully reinterpret classic western ballads, as well as write new ones every bit as good as the old ones. His western recordings for both Columbia and MCA are complete here, spanning the years 1958-1979. The set starts with The Hanging Tree, then encompasses the best-selling Gunfighter Ballads albums that included such classic tracks as El Paso, Big Iron, Tonight Carmen, Mister Shorty, and The Cowboy In The Continental Suit, as well as the El Paso sequels like Feleena From El Paso and El Paso City. Marty mixed self-composed epics with many of the greatest vintage western songs to create a tapestry of music that powerfully evokes the old west and the west in transition.
M. baker | california | 12/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was time to move from a rag-tag set of tattered Robbins' LPs to digital. This Bear Family 4-disc set seems to be an exhaustive collection of his western ballads including multiple versions of El Paso (long mono and short stereo). The re-mastering is excellent. I didn't specially want the handsome box or nice booklet, but those might be important for others.
To complement this set I got the 2-disc The Essential Marty Robbins which includes the other aspect of Robbins' music, like Devil Woman and A White Sport Coat. It also has quite a few of the western ballads, but not enough for me."
Golden Voice Immortal
Strawgold | Wyoming | 05/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first listened to this splendid album while visiting friends that live just outside of Tucson. Knowing of my passion for "The Last Cowboy Songs" (that tune actually sung by Ed Bruce), they brought it out and we sat lost in it as it played in the background during the entire evening. This album of campfire and gunfighter "stories set to music" is, without reservation what I consider to be the best of the best of the genre. Marty Robbins had a beautiful, lilting voice, enhanced by a touch of power, a touch of sorrow. Two of the songs that were sung to me in my childhood that I could never forget and that I had searched for for years appear on this set - "Billy Venero", the song of love, selflessness and death of a cowhand determined to save his sweetheart from the hand of the Apaches during the time of the old Southwest Indian wars. Another, "Restless Cattle" is a hauntingly lonely ballad telling of the relationship between the cowboy and the cattle that made up his universe - it was not a "job" to them - it was their chosen life.
There is only a rare handful of talents the size of Marty Robbins and it takes a special breed to bring this kind of music to life; it must come from the heart. The entire album is filled with memories spun out of tragedy and triumph, tales of saddle tramps and heroes, impossible love lost and yearned after; love and respect for the horse; and reminders of the time gone by. "The Strawberry Roan", "Cool Water", "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and of course, "Streets of Laredo" are some of the enduring classics interspersed with the lesser known but nonetheless enchanting in their own right songs that Marty Robbins brought to immortality by his unerring ear for music and the selection of the right pieces."