Under Western Skies

Under Western Skies

by Marty RobbinsMarty Robbins


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Four CDs covering Marty Robbins' complete Western recordings, 99 songs in all from 1958 until 1979. As a concept, Under Western Skies is cohesive and enjoyable, largely because Robbins' music, regardless of the particular year in which it was recorded, is unified thematically. It's also a superb showcase for Robbins' voice, one of the most versatile in country & western -- he was equally adept at rock & roll, traditional country, or Western ballads dating back 100 years or more, but he had a way of extending the latter genre's melodic beauty and lyricism without ever seeming repetitive. Thus, it wasn't just that Robbins was covering this repertory, but that he was doing it in ways that, as a solo artist of his era, were just about definitive. Disc One contains songs from Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs and parts of the follow-up record, More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. Disc Two is devoted to songs from Return of the Gunfighter and the rest of More Gunfighter Ballads, filled out with songs that only appeared previously in 1984 on a Bear Family vinyl release. By the mid-'60s, Robbins' voice was even better, richer and more confident on this material, and Disc Three reflects this. Disc Four extends up through 1979, and it's something of a tribute to Robbins' success with this repertory that precious little was left in the vaults for Bear Family or anyone else to unearth and issue for the first time. The accompanying booklet is 60 pages long, and while it does seem as though the essay is not as well organized as it might have been, it's interesting overall, highlighted with excellent photographs and accompanied by lyrics to each of the songs and a full sessionography.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1995
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156464
catalogNumber: 15646
Rank: 74010


Disc 1

  1. El Paso
  2. Cool Water
  3. In the Valley
  4. Running Gun
  5. Big Iron
  6. The Master's Call
  7. The Little Green Valley
  8. A Hundred and Sixty Acres
  9. Billy the Kid
  10. The Strawberry Roan
  11. They're Hanging Me Tonight
  12. Utah Carol
  13. Saddle Tramp
  14. She Was Young and She Was Pretty
  15. The Streets of Laredo
  16. Little Joe, the Wrangler
  17. I've Got No Use for the Woman
  18. Billy Venero
  19. This Peaceful Sod
  20. Five Brothers
  21. San Angelo
  22. Ballad of the Alamo
  23. The Hanging Tree

Disc 2

  1. Jimmy Martinez
  2. Ghost Train
  3. Song of the Bandit
  4. Wind
  5. Prairie Fire
  6. My Love
  7. Ride Cowboy Ride
  8. Red River Valley
  9. The Bend in the River
  10. When the Work's All Done This Fall
  11. Abilene Rose
  12. Dusty Winds
  13. Old Red
  14. Doggone Cowboy
  15. When the Work's All Done This Fall
  16. Small Man
  17. The Red Hill of Utah
  18. Tall Handsome Stranger
  19. The Fastest Gun Around
  20. San Angelo
  21. Old Red
  22. Man Walks Among Us
  23. Johnny Fedavo
  24. The Master's Call
  25. El Paso

Disc 3

  1. The Cowboy in the Continental Suit
  2. I'm Gonna Be a Cowboy
  3. Cry Stampede
  4. Oh Virginia
  5. Meet Me Tonight in Laredo
  6. Take Me Back to the Prairie
  7. The Wind Goes
  8. An Old Pal, A Real Pal
  9. Feleena (From El Paso)
  10. Never Tie Me Down
  11. Lonely Old Bunkhouse
  12. Night Time on the Desert
  13. Cottonwood Tree
  14. Mr. Shorty
  15. When It's Lamplighting Time in the Valley
  16. Is There Anything Left
  17. Tonight Carmen
  18. Waiting in Reno
  19. The Mission in Guadalajara
  20. Love's Gone Away
  21. Bound for Old Mexico
  22. Chapel Bells Chime
  23. Don't Go Away Senor
  24. In the Valley of the Rio Grande
  25. (The Girl With) Gardenias in Her Hair
  26. Spanish Lullaby

Disc 4

  1. That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
  2. Chant of the Wanderer
  3. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
  4. South of the Border
  5. Sundown (Ballad of Bill Thaxton)
  6. Queen of the Big Rodeo
  7. Ava Maria Morales
  8. The Outlaws
  9. El Paso City
  10. I'm Kin to the Wind
  11. Trail Dreamin'
  12. She's Just a Drifter
  13. Way out There
  14. The Ballad of the Small Man
  15. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  16. San Angelo
  17. Pride and the Badge
  18. All Around Cowboy
  19. Restless Cattle
  20. The Dreamer
  21. Lonely Old Bunkhouse
  22. Ava Maria Morales
  23. Shotgun Rider

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Robbins   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar,Leader
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Ray Conniff   Leader
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Tommy Allsup   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar,Leader
Jim Glaser   Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar,Conga,Drums,Leader
Bobby Wood   Piano
Si Zentner   Trombone
Earl Poole Ball   Piano
Shane Keister   Keyboards
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Bob Eggers   Guitar
Wayne Jackson   Horn
Glenn Keener   Guitar
Katsuhiko Kobayashi   Steel Guitar
Billy Linneman   Bass
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Marimba (Electronics)
Fred Newell   Guitar
William Pitman   Guitar
Allan Reuss   Guitar
George Richey   Piano
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Billy Sherrill   Piano
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Tiny Timbrell   Guitar
Jerry Whitehurst   Piano
Donnie Winters   Vocals
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Louis Dunn   Drums
Jack Pruett   Guitar
William Whitney Pursell   Piano
Elbert Raymond "Dutch" McMillin   Saxophone
Bob Moore   Bass
Karl Garvin   Trumpet
Glaser Brothers   Vocals
Jerry G. Kennedy   Guitar
William K. McElhiney   Trumpet
Tom Wilkerson   Drums
Bobby Sykes   Vocals
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Alex Garland   Guitar,Leader
Clarence L. Gordon   Trombone
Claude E. "Eddy Fox" Headrick   Bass,Drums,Leader
William D. Johnson   Steel Guitar
James E. Wilson   Guitar
Conrad Noddin   Horn
Jack Solomon   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer,Producer
Mitch Miller   Producer
Jim Glaser   Composer
Tompall Glaser   Composer
Phoebe Binkley   Composer
Peter Garrett   Composer
Rob Hirst   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Jim Moginie   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Robert Tubert   Composer
Jimmy Lowe   Composer
Jack Pruett   Composer
William Whitney Pursell   Vibe Master
Guy Logsdon   Liner Notes
Bob Nolan   Composer
R. Robinson   Composer
Bill Johnson   Composer
Jimmy Sweeney   Composer
Ekkehard Schumann   Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer,Tape Research
Sylke Holtrop   Artwork
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
Art Wolfe   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Joe Byers   Composer
Mabel Cordle   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Allen   Composer
Jack Lebsock   Composer
Bob Johnson   Composer
Bob Binkley   Composer
J.B. Hosdale   Composer
Demarco   Composer
D. J. O'Malley   Composer
Allen Jr.   Composer

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