Rex Allen

Riding All Day/The Life of a Cowboy

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The 26 radio transcriptions on this collection were probably recorded in the late '40s. Allen tackles a wide variety of cowboy songs, from idealized portraits of "The Life of a Cowboy" to humorous novelties ("My Cross Eyed Girl") and yodeling showcases ("Yodelin' Crazy"). Several tracks feature Allen's wife, Bonnie Allen, including the proto-feminist "She Buckaroo" ("I'm a man-hating lassie/a she-buckaroo"), and "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Dream Girl," a slight variation on Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart." The sound quality is decent and the program generous on this inexpensive import, making Riding All Day a good value for fans of this singing cowboy of the silver screen.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:55
2 1:52
3
1:48
4
1:21
5 1:57
6 2:14
7 1:10
8
2:19
9 1:51
10 3:00
11
1:55
12 2:49
13
1:46
14
1:34
15 2:24
16
2:38
17 1:45
18 2:33
19
2:32
20 2:11
21 2:29
22 2:22
23 2:36
24
2:29
25
2:00
26 2:17
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