Marty Robbins The Essential Marty Robbins
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: June 28, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Sony
Description by OLDIES.com:
Although Marty Robbins is one of the most legendary figures in the history of country music, his recorded output was never confined to one genre. In fact, his albums incorporated such diverse influences as pop, jazz, early rock 'n' roll, cowboy songs and then-exotic world music from the Hawaiian islands. Throughout the 1950's, Robbins was one of Columbia Records' biggest-selling pop stars, penning such hits as "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)" - one of the defining songs of the decade. With 1959's Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, Robbins also proved himself one of Nashville's premier talents, bringing authentic western music into the mainstream. Throughout the following 20-plus years, Robbins was rarely off the charts, scoring many top ten and number one hits until his untimely death in 1982. The Essential Marty Robbins is a definitive 2-CD overview of Marty's 30-year recording career - from his early hits on Columbia all the way to his MCA hits and back again - a true monument to this musical giant.
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.I'll Go On Alone
- 2.I Couldn't Keep From
- 3.That's All Right
- 4.I Can't Quit (I've Gone Too Far)
- 5.Singing The Blues
- 6.Mister Teardrop
- 7.Knee Deep In The Blues
- 8.A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)
- 9.The Story Of My Life
- 10.She Was Only Seventeen (And He Was One Year More)
- 11.Just Married
- 12.Stairway Of Love
- 13.Ain't I The Lucky One
- 14.The Hanging Tree
- 15.El Paso
- 16.Big Iron
- 17.Ballad Of The Alamo
- 18.Don't Worry
- 19.Devil Woman
- 20.Ruby Ann
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Cigarettes And Coffee Blues
- 2.Begging To You
- 3.The Cowboy In The Continental Suit
- 4.Ribbon Of Darkness
- 5.Faleena (From El Paso)
- 6.The Shoe Goes On The Other Foot
- 7.Tonight Carmen
- 8.I Walk Alone
- 9.You Gave Me A Mountain
- 10.My Woman, My Woman, My Wife
- 11.This Much A Man
- 12.Walking Piece Of Heaven
- 13.Love Me
- 14.El Paso City
- 15.Among My Souvenirs
- 16.I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)
- 17.Don't Let Me Touch You
- 18.Return To Me
- 19.Some Memories Just Won't Die
- 20.Honkytonk Man
Personnel: Marty Robbins (piano); Marty Robbins (vocals); Jack Wade, Jack Pruett, Floyd Lanning, George Richey, Hillous Butrum, Grady Martin, Joe Knight , Hilmer J. Timbrell, Hank Garland, Don Roth, Kenny Mims, Don Arnone, Bill Pittman , Ken Bell, Al Caiola, Allan Reuss, Pete Wade, Ray Edenton, Tommy Allsup, Tony Rizzi, Billy Mure, Billy Sanford, Jerry Shook, Charlie Daniels (guitar); James Farmer, Pete Drake, Buddy Emmons (steel guitar); Dale Potter, Frover Lavender, Donald Slayman, Buddy Spicher (fiddle); Si Zentner (trombone); Bill Pursell (piano, organ); Harold Carmack, Owen Nradley, Larry Butler , Andrew Ackers, Owen Bradley (piano); Ron Oates (keyboards); Richard Morris (vibraphone, marimba, bells); Jerry Byrd (bass guitar); Ted Romersa, Louis Dunn, Clay Caire, James Stroud, Ed Shaughnessy, Kenny Malone, Farris Coursey, Jerry Carrigan (drums); Jimmy Rollins, Tony Mottola (guitar); Johnny Gimble (fiddle); Dick Hyman, Floyd Cramer, Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano).
Liner Note Author: Rich Kienzle.
Photographers: Hank Parker; Frank Driggs; Sandy Speiser; Slick Lawson.
One of the most versatile artists in country-music history, Marty Robbins covered a wide range of styles over his three decades of recording. Robbins's earliest 1950s singles veered from pop to rockabilly to straight-up country, building up momentum that truly kicked in with 1957's breezy "A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)." This country/pop crossover hit marked one of Robbins's first outings with arranger Ray Conniff, a collaboration that would yield numerous successful singles.
Columbia/Legacy's THE ESSENTIAL MARTY ROBBINS surveys the crooner's '50s/'60s heyday, including the aforementioned song and his beloved forays into gritty Western territory, most notably the runaway hit "El Paso," a classic gun-slinging tale of ill-fated romance, and "Big Iron," a suspenseful recounting of an impending showdown. The collection follows Robbins through the '70s and into the early '80s, his smooth, clear vocals always at the fore. Although it shares many tracks with the similarly titled THE ESSENTIAL MARTY ROBBINS: 1951-1982, this two-disc compilation focuses more on Robbins's later years (including his posthumous hit--the lush, sweeping "Honkytonk Man"). Those looking for the most even-handed overview of Robbins's career will find it here.
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