Album #22 – Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs

Album #22

This album was great. A change from the Jazz albums of the last few days. It is filled with great country songs and some of them are even written by Robbins. The album contains Robbins’ biggest hit, El Paso. I thought that song was really corny and Robbins was a corny artist before I listened to this album. I don’t think that anymore. These are great story songs. Robbins has such a great voice. The harmonies on here are so beautiful. El Paso is actually the Grateful Dead’s most requested song. They played it over 300 times in concert from 1966 to 1995. The album as a whole corresponds with the title. These songs remind me of the Westerns my dad always watches on Saturdays on television. You can almost visualize these songs in your mind as you are listening to them. Highlights from the album include: Cool Water, El Paso and In The Valley. This is a different kind of country music. It romanticizes the west and adds a Mexican flavor to this already rich music that has inspired artists in the decades since this album came out. Overall, I give this album 4 out of 5.

Next: The final album of the 1950’s, Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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