Various Artists

Songs of the West

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This "definitive collection of cowboy songs" covers both famous and obscure odes to the high lonesome plains by Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, Slim Pickens, Bob Wills, and others. Spanning the 1930s to the present, the 72-track, 4-CD collection is broken into four separate thematic discs. Volume One features "Cowboy Classics" like "Back In The Saddle Again," "Mule Train," and "Happy Trails." The real find here has to be the ultradramatic narrative by Walter Brennan describing the "Gunfight At The O.K. Corral." Volume Two, "Silver Screen Cowboys," features tunes from Hollywood Westerns; Volume Three is devoted exclusively to performances by the kingpins of the genre, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. The final disc is perhaps the most fun of the batch, presenting movie and television themes like "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke," "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly," and "Rawhide." The box comes with a 60-page color booklet that includes detailed essays, photos, and reproductions of movie posters.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:47
3 2:46
4 2:38
5 2:47
6 2:35
7 3:02
8 2:46
9 2:29
10 3:08
11 2:47
12 2:43
13 2:43
14 3:07
15 2:50
16 2:50
17 4:22
18 3:23
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