Sheb Wooley

Songs from the Days of Rawhide

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Wooley's singing lacks sufficient variety to carry off this collection of a dozen songs, most of them (apart from the Dimitri Tiomkin Rawhide theme) originals. They aren't bad, but they're also not terribly ambitious. "The Goodnight-Living Trail" is a fascinating piece of history set to music, and works better than most of the album. "Indian Maiden" is closer in spirit to Wooley's comedy songs, and draws its melody from the Merle Travis classic "Smoke Smoke Smoke (That Cigarette)." Tex Owens' old hit "Cattle Call" also gets a loving treatment. The playing (featuring the likes of guitarist Billy Strange and drummer Earl Palmer) is good, but there are better albums in this vein available from Marty Robbins and Johnny Cash, among others.

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