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|Sons of the Pioneers|
Country Music Hall of Fame
Genres: Country, Pop
The Sons of the Pioneers set the standard for cowboy music that remains in place more than a half-century after their heyday. The group (which Roy Rogers helped form) combined vocal and instrumental expertise with a sure-s... more »
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The Sons of the Pioneers set the standard for cowboy music that remains in place more than a half-century after their heyday. The group (which Roy Rogers helped form) combined vocal and instrumental expertise with a sure-shootin' flair for finding matchless material, whether that meant adopting a traditional tune such as "Rye Whiskey" or generating original compositions. Early member Bob Nolan penned "Way Out West," which helped launch the outfit in the early '30s. It's on this sterling 16-song greatest-hits collection along with the enchanting "Hills of Old Wyomin'" and, of course, "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." Now that's white-hat Western music! Indeed, there may not be a better CD for finding out how the West was won ... with song. --Steven Stolder
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Jeffree I. from SAN DIEGO, CA
Reviewed on 1/2/2013...
While the songs are great the quality of the recordings is pretty dismal. Kind of hard to listen to which is a shame because we really love the music.
The Real McCoy
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is, to me at least, the definitive "desert island" recording of the Sons of the Pioneers. Every track is good, their greatest songs are included, the CD is amply filled, and the sound is old ("authentic") without being unpleasant. Owning both the Hall of Fame disc and the Columbia Historic Edition provides a very good representation of this piece of Americana. If you want only one disc, this is it."
NOT JUST NOSTALGIA
MOVIE MAVEN | New York, NY USA | 04/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found this CD hidden away in my car's glove compartment and pushed it into the CD player, thinking I'd get a nostalgic laugh. After all, when I was a kid, watching Roy Rogers movies on Saturday afternoons at the Fox or Oritani in Hackensack, it would be these same Sons of the Pioneers who backed Roy up, singing and playing their hearts out. The song over, Roy would disappear with Dale to apprehend a criminal or two and the Sons would just disappear til the next music cue.It surprised me how moving these songs and their performances really are. They are, for the most part, slow, sad songs about a very difficult life in the West: old age, loneliness and death are more than occasional subjects. First rate singers, the Pioneers are also wonderful instrumentalists, with arrangements that, at times, shockingly resemble those of Stephane Grappelli.The sound, unfortunately, on this CD is sub-standard. There are songs that actually sound as if they were recorded in someone's bathroom. But almost all is forgiven when the Pioneers harmonize on a tune as lovely as Bob Nolan's "Cool Water.""