Flying W Wranglers

Evening at the Famous Flying W Ranch

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If you like the Sons of the Pioneers and want more cowboy songs, and here in a live setting, then this album is for you. It's a product of the Flying W label, without a catalog number, but with "Vol. 2" at the lower front right corner (though this seems complete in and of itself, and the notes don't indicate an earlier platter), and appears to have been sold at the Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs, where the Flying W Wranglers have been based since the 1950s. The playing and singing are first-rate, and the repertory ranges across a century of cowboy songs, interspersed with a lot of humor and considerable easygoing charm on the part of all concerned. The harmony singing is exquisite, as one would expect, but so is the playing, and the fidelity is surprisingly good as well -- indeed, one wouldn't mind owning a CD of this album, and the companion volume (if it actually exists). In the meantime, this one is worth tracking down, and that goes double for fans of Bob Nolan or Roy Rogers, or the Sons of the Pioneers -- it's a downright flattering release for all of them, too. Oh, and for those who do find it, the LP is unbanded but it has 14 songs and lots of jokes in between.