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|Sons Of The Pioneers / Roy Rogers|
Way Out There: The Complete Recordings 1934-1943
(6-CD set + 160 page book) The last word on the first name in western group harmony! The Sons Of The Pioneers weren't cowboys and weren t even from the west, but they captured the awe and wonder of those who first rode the... more »
(6-CD set + 160 page book) The last word on the first name in western group harmony! The Sons Of The Pioneers weren't cowboys and weren t even from the west, but they captured the awe and wonder of those who first rode the range... and they did it in a dramatically new way, inventing western harmony, including trio yodels. The original Sons Of The Pioneers were an outstanding group in every way. The original group comprised Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan, and Tim Spencer. All three were exceptional vocalists, and Nolan was a true poet. Spencer and Rogers were also fine songwriters. When they added the swinging guitar and fiddle of Hugh and Karl Farr, their sound was complete. This 6-CD set includes all of their recordings from 1934-1943, and among the classics from those early sessions are the original versions of Way Out There, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, (Happy) Roving Cowboy, One More Ride, Empty Saddles, Cool Water, and So Long To The Red River Valley. This set also includes all of Roy Rogers' earliest solo recordings from 1937 to 1942. In all, these six CDs include 182 songs, 52 of which are unissued takes or unissued recordings.
Not quite complete
DMC | Winter Park, FL, US | 10/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A more appropriate name is "Complete except for the released versions of 18 of their hits". The collection features alternate takes of many songs, plus multiple obscure recordings by both SoP and Roy Rogers. But for 18 of their hits, such as 'Roving cowboy', 'Ride Ranger ride', 'Melody from the sky', the collection omits the versions that were released on 78. The collection also does not include square dance calls by Roy Rogers, for a total of 25 recordings that are omitted. It can't be called "Complete". There's no explanation for why these songs were omitted from the collection.
Other than that, the collection is up to Bear Family standards: an in-depth collection, including obscure recordings; good sound quality, even after 70 years; a book with bio by Ranger Doug and lots of photos and film posters.
Even if you purchase this, you'll still need to purchase other CDs containing the released versions of many recordings, and you'll have difficulty finding the Roy Rogers square dance calls."
"Way Out There" is way out there!
Robert G | Oregon | 10/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For an item I would have accepted in almost any quality, this is absolutely incredible. Music of the Sons of the Pioneers of their earliest recordings, that are nearly impossible to locate, made available in this deluxe format was beyond my hopes. The songs are great and the remastering is top notch. Sure, some have mild surface noise, but when you have to choose between over-cleaning the source material or giving the greatest fidelity, once again Bear Family takes the high road. The hard-bound book is everything that you expect from Bear family. Fabulous pictures from the Movies and nice early publicity shots plus great info regarding the "Sons" history and session information. Well worth the investment."
Long Awaited Release
Z. Stephen Long | Wichita, KS | 10/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a lifetime fan of the Pioneers, I was waiting with bated breath for the release of this compilation. It was a terrific undertaking I'm sure, and had the Bear Family not committed to it; I feel certain no one else would have. There are many alternate takes of Pioneer favorites, a few songs we've never heard them cover, and of course, the old familiar sides. The audio enhancement that must have been done on these 70 year old sides is top notch; surface noise is at a bare minimum. Still, with all these wonderful attributes, there is still a flaw. This was advertised as the "complete" recordings and it just isn't so. While I respectfully disagree, at least in part, with the previous reviewer that the familiar sides aren't incorporated into this collection; there are some unissued recordings that I was very much hoping would be included that aren't. Bob Nolan's terrific song "I Still Do" was recorded but never issued on March 7, 1935; the Pioneers second recording session. "On A Mountain High" a song never recorded elsewhere, unless on the Transcriptions done in the early '40's is another one not found herein; as well as "Popeyed", possibly an instrumental. "The New Frontier", a Tim Spencer song was recorded at one of the early sessions and never commercially released. So, it's a trifle dishonest to say that these recordings are "complete". In defense of the Bear Family, those recordings may well be lost never to be recovered. I know from the many other Box Sets in my posession that they are very thorough. Perhaps one day the four missing sides will turn up. Not to be a deterrent though. If you are a Pioneers fan, this set is definitely a must. Hats off to the Bear Family for preserving our musical history & heritage!"