Sings Western Ballads

Rex Allen

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Sings Western Ballads Review

by Greg Adams

This 12-song budget LP consists of M.M. Cole radio transcriptions Rex Allen recorded at Chicago's WMAQ studios in the late '40s while under contract to Mercury Records. Transcriptions were studio recordings leased to radio stations for broadcast, not for commercial release, which has made them a favorite source for reissue material in later years since their ownership is often in doubt. Allen's transcriptions were typically recorded in one take; their high performance quality shows how tight Allen and his group must have been live. Because these transcriptions were recorded in a professional studio, the sound quality is excellent -- on par with Allen's Mercury recordings of the period. A full cowboy band accompanies Allen on the program of western ballads and songs with occasional yodeling spots. With the exception of one song ("Cross Eyed Gal"), Sings Western Ballads is identical to the 1998 Simitar CD, Rex Allen.

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