Gene Autry

The Singing Cowboy [ASV/Living Era]

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America's favorite singing cowboy has an authoritative box set to his credit, but little of substance available in the moderate to budget realm. Living Era rectified the situation nicely with a two-disc, 50-track collection dedicated to the cowboy songs of his recording prime, from his 1929 breakout as a Jimmie Rodgers prodigy who wrote his own material right up to his '40s peak (but halting just before the novelty "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"). By focusing on the Western recordings, the collection allows space not only for his many hits ("Back in the Saddle Again," "Mexicali Rose," "The Last Roundup") but also a considerable amount of rarer movie songs ("Little Big Dry," from Riders of Whistling Pines; "Someday in Wyoming" from Old Santa Fe; and "Guns and Guitars," the theme from the movie of the same name). Included as well are a few postcards to the pop world, such as "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano," a very early version of "Blueberry Hill," and his hit version of "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:39
2 2:50
3 2:46
4 2:51
5 2:53
6 3:21
7 2:56
8 3:12
9 3:15
10 2:28
11 3:08
12 2:52
13 2:46
14 2:52
15 2:39
16 2:46
17
2:32
18 2:29
19 2:59
20 2:45
21 2:40
22 2:26
23 2:52
24 2:49
25 2:49

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:17
2 2:36
3 2:52
4 3:00
5 2:57
6 2:49
7 3:00
8
feat: Jimmy Long
2:44
9 2:48
10 2:30
11
2:52
12
2:57
13 2:49
14 2:38
15 2:52
16
2:54
17 2:49
18 2:42
19 2:36
20
2:30
21 2:48
22 2:39
23 2:34
24 2:55
25
2:17
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