℗ Originally Released 1958, 1959, 1960, (P) 1999 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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My Momma was raised on a Ranch. She rode along side her brothers, when working the cattle. She sang some of these ballads to us kids and grandkids. Long since gone, but not the memories of my Momma singing these songs. This Album gives me such peace and the beautiful times together, a long time ago. Thank you.
I've loved this song since I first heard it in the late '60s! I just wish iTunes would get rid of the cut versions of these songs. You really have to pay attention to the run times of these songs to get the correct LP version.
I am super excited and hopeful that breaking bad will make him even more known than he already was. I've been a long time fan and am so glad he's getting more recognition! His songs have a way of speaking to you with vivid stories from the west, stories of love, and stories of troubling times. Buy the album!
The AMC television program "Breaking Bad" has always used incredible music to accentuate its episodes. The series finale took the name Felina from Marty Robbins' signature tune and used the song and Marty's name to sign out on the ultimate high note. This masterfully crafted piece of music is hand in glove with this flawless final episode. Salud!
El Paso is truly an amazing song and my favorite on the album. Incredible storytelling by a master storyteller. He is truly one of the legends of country music, gone too soon. However, if you purchase El Paso as a single, you should purchase the 4:38 version at the end of the album as the 4:19 version is missing some lyrics. "Just for a moment I stood there in silence, shocked by the foul evil deed I had done. Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there, I had but one chance and that was to run." Don't know why there is a discrepancy. Maybe someone can shed some light on that.....
I've grown up listening to various forms of rock and metal, from Led Zeppelin to Slipknot, and I have to say that this is one of the greatest records i've ever bought. The combo of great storytelling and a beautiful voice make Marty a truly great artist. He does a great job of portraying the grit and violence of the West in well written songs. Brilliant.
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for, one little kiss and Filina goodbye. Omg, it makes me cry to type it. This is the best album of Western songs ever made and Marty Robbins is able to reach into your heart and make you feel what he is singing. I've had this album/CD since I was a kid, and it never gets old. Thank you Mr. Robbins.
The other night I was flipping through the dial when I turned on Letterman right after the show was coming out of a commercial. The band was playing "Big Iron" and Dave made a comment about it. It made me think about how I found this record about 15 years ago that parents had in their collection. Had not put it on the turntable in a year ot two. That's because I don't own one and can only listen to records when I go home to visit mom. Couldn't stop thinking about how solid the album was and how well the songs were written and performed. Also remembered seeing in a book that this was one of the top selling albums of the 1950's. Found it on itunes and now it is on my iphone. Thank you Dave and Marty!
This is really the only country album I have but it is still great. The harmonies are well intact and the melodies are great. Favorite songs other than El Paso are Cool Water and Strawberry Roan. I say buy this album. It is a piece of musical beauty that any fan of any genre will love.
A superb album, highlighting Marty Robbins' incredible pipes and telling stories of the glories and heartbreaks of the old west. This album and Hank Williams were constantly playing in my house before I was old enough to retreat to my room and tune in to the Beatles, Hendrix, etc. As I grew older I publicly rebelled against Hank and my parents "cowboy music", but I NEVER even pretended to not like Marty. The voice and tunes were just too good. Years later, I was at Winterland and Bob Weir stepped up and launched into "El Paso", and I had come full circle. iTunes is in error stating that El Paso is added to this collection; the original LP had all of these tunes except Hanging Tree and Saddle Tramp. Anyway, great collection.
I believe that songs and not singers make the charts. Many a great singer has had to wait for the right song to make the charts again and even the greats have recorded endlessly forgetable material. That said.-- This album of Songs and the Artist are nothing short of Awesome. Guns have decided every modern border. Here we have guns deciding individual fates. Listen to Big Iron. If you like it, you will love the entire album!
I owned the original 1959 vinyl recording - but lost it in a move! Isn't modern technology great? I sang these songs in college in the 1960s!! It's wonderful to sing them again after all these years!! Great Album!
but this is the best album i have ever heard. literally i like rap and old school hip hop. this is literally the best album i have ever heard. a must buy if you like this kind of stuff.
This is a shout out to terryEn...I graduated high school in 1966 and went into Air Force a few years later. This album, which I used to have, is the best!!! It takes me back to a sweeter time. Marty Robbins voice is so smooth, you cant help singing along with all of them. He transends generations...my daughter and now grandkids all know the songs by heart. How sweet is that??
Oh, how this brings back so many beautiful, fond memories of my long ago passed away Father and my childhood. I had this album on a 33 1/3 RPM vinyl before I went to Vietnam in the Marines in 1966. I wish I could find it! Thanks iTunes for this great event!
This is one of the best collections of songs I have ever heard. My dad used to play this tape when we would go on trips. I acted like I hated it but the songs pull you in with the story being told and the smooth clear voice telling it. Marty is one of the most underrated singer/songwriters ever.
The guitar work on this album is fantastic - clear, bluesy but bright, wandering but not at all distracting. The vocals are beautiful. It's a great CD to sing along to, whether you're happy or at the darkest hour.. this CD has been with me at both points and everywhere in between. I know of nothing else that captures the sound of the era - I can hear influences from the Pacific/Hawaiian, blues, gospel, even a touch of old-timey music.. I count Marty Robbins on my top five crooners/unclassifiable with Morphine, Richard Hawley, and some others that are a bit too removed to be a good comparison. Highly recommended.
This man had such an amazing voice, was a funny and talented showman, wrote beautiful songs that touched the heart and soul, and was a warm, nice guy who always treated his fans with such respect and gratitude! A gracious, sweet southern cowboy. He was. and is a favorite of our family. We went to his concerts, bought all his albums, listened to him on the radio, and watched him on tv when the opportunity arose. He is missed so deeply by his fans. If you buy Marty's music, you'll find pleasure in listening to it for many years, as perfection never goes out of style. No singer in this country has ever been so undervalued by the music industry! This man was THE BEST!