Gene Autry

Western Heritage: Tumbling Tumbleweeds

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This intriguing set combines an 11-track CD sampler of Gene Autry's movie soundtrack hits with a pair of full-length movies, Oh Susanna! and Springtime in the Rockies, on a double-sided DVD. The audio disc is brief -- almost exactly 30 minutes long -- and features Autry's warm, expressive vocals (often supported by a wonderfully wheezy fiddle sound provided by fiddler and arranger Carl Cotner) on sturdy versions of songs like "Red River Valley," "Blueberry Hill," "Mexacali Rose," and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." For those who are only familiar with Autry as an extremely rich baseball team owner, this multimedia package makes a revelatory introduction to a remarkably resourceful singer who started out singing the blues and ended up owning the Angels.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:47
2 2:38
3 2:49
4 2:28
5 3:19
6 2:56
7 2:47
8 2:37
9 2:41
10 2:53
11 2:27
12 2:46
13 3:10
14 2:42
15 3:09
16 2:46
17 2:53
18 2:46
19 2:31
20 3:12
21 3:21
22 2:25
23 3:09
24 2:55
25 2:51
26 2:39
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