Johnny Bond

Country and Western: Johnny Bond Standard Transcriptions

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There is something pleasantly romantic about Johnny Bond's cowboy songs, perhaps because they capture the saga of the once untamed West. Who wouldn't feel a certain longing in the wake of starry nights, tumbling tumbleweeds, and riding one's horse on the open range? A number of classic songs fill this collection, including "Red River Valley," "Boots and Saddles," and "Mexicali Rose." Bond is joined by a few friends -- the Red River Valley Boys -- who sing harmony and offer tasteful support. The arrangements are spare, featuring little more than bass, accordion, and a guitar on most cuts. The group is clearly comfortable performing together and maintain the same intimacy as the Sons of the Pioneers on songs like "Saddle Serenade." Bond has written a number of these songs, including the memorable "Ten Years" and the instrumental "Ridin' Down to Santa Fe." There is a haunting version of "Empty Saddles," sort of an early, less dark version of "(Ghost Riders) in the Sky." Bond is perfectly capable of generating a cowboy version of honky tonk flavored songs like "Headin' Down the Wrong Highway," or a heartfelt rendition of pop ballads like "Have I Stayed Away Too Long." The sound quality of these transcriptions from 1944-1945 is very good, and the number of selections -- 31 -- is generous. This disc will sit comfortably beside the recordings of other singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Bloodshot has put together a fine collection that will be a real treat to lovers of swinging cowboy music.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:56
2 2:53
3 2:36
4 2:45
5 1:48
6 1:57
7 2:35
8 2:32
9 2:22
10 2:26
11 2:48
12 2:49
13 2:14
14 2:55
15
3:05
16
2:06
17 2:00
18 2:50
19 2:18
20 2:32
21 2:18
22 3:18
23 2:03
24 1:38
25 2:36
26 1:34
27 2:05
28 2:43
29 2:58
30 2:08
31 2:09
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