In the 1950s Frankie Laine scored hit after smash hit with songs such as "Jealousy," "Cool Water," and "That Lucky Old Sun," all dramatically presented with full orchestrations, including strings and vocal choirs that helped balance the towering power of Laine's voice. 1992's PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND finds the singer updating these same hits.
Laine's voice is still very much the force of nature it was 40-plus years earlier. "Mule Train" sounds similar to the 1949 version, with the powerhouse belting, whip cracking, and galloping rhythm that first made the song so popular. With songs like this and "Cool Water," Laine's voice seems to be richer textured, with more complex vocal shadings, than even his earlier recordings.