Johnny Bond

Heart and Soul of the West

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The 26 vintage radio transcriptions on this import CD are predominantly in a Western vein, including such well-worn numbers as "Red River Valley," "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," and "The Last Round-Up." There are a few departures from the Western theme, a handful of guitar instrumentals and several original compositions, but the majority of the performances feature Bond in a vocal ensemble mining Sons of the Pioneers territory. Bond was a talented guitarist and songwriter but an average vocalist, which means that the renditions of Western favorites are accomplished but underwhelming. Johnny Bond deserves wider recognition, but this modestly entertaining collection doesn't adequately convey the scope of his talents.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:08
2 2:00
3 2:50
4 1:56
5 2:32
6 2:48
7 1:58
8 2:36
9 2:18
10 1:38
11 1:34
12 2:36
13 1:48
14 2:56
15
2:50
16 2:43
17 2:58
18 3:19
19 2:03
20 2:37
21 2:19
22 2:11
23 2:33
24 2:23
25 2:27
26 2:05
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