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The Essential Marty Robbins

The Essential Marty Robbins

by Marty Robbins Marty Robbins
The Essential Marty Robbins

The Essential Marty Robbins

by Marty Robbins Marty Robbins


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Another Marty Robbins anthology, another reason to marvel anew at the breadth, depth, and integrity of "Mister Teardrop" 's overwhelming artistry. The 40 tracks on these two CDs trace the arc of Robbins's 30-year recording career, largely on the Columbia label (save for a brief fling with MCA in the early '70s, also represented here). He penned more than a few western classics -- including the towering "El Paso" and its underappreciated -- though chart-topping -- sequel, "El Paso City," but Robbins never limited himself to one genre, effortlessly intertwining pop, country, rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, traditional country, and blues with an enviable emotional commitment. It wasn't so much the high caliber of material he wrote or covered that set him apart, but rather the soulful and intelligent use he made of his beautiful, plaintive tenor voice to convey the sharpest lyrics with a potent punch. Robbins was fully invested in every note he sang, and that sense of giving unsparingly of his heart and soul continues to amaze, whether on the baroque Mitch Miller productions on Robbins's landmark '50s hits "A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)" and "The Story of My Life," the spare, basic band arrangements of "El Paso" and "Big Iron," or the schmaltzy orchestral charts on melodramatic ballads such as "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife." Artists like Marty Robbins and his peer Johnny Cash, who stayed true to their vision throughout their lives, leave behind an astounding, enduring body of work.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969256923
catalogNumber: 92569
Rank: 39311


Disc 1

  1. I'll Go on Alone
  2. I Couldn't Keep from Crying
  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 (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

Disc 2

  1. Cigarettes and Coffee Blues
  2. Begging to You
  3. Ribbon of Darkness
  4. The Cowboy in the Continental Suit
  5. Faleena (From El Paso)
  6. Tonight Carmen
  7. The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight
  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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Robbins   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Dick Hyman   Piano
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Caiola   Guitar
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Tommy Allsup   Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Billy Mure   Guitar
Bill Pursell   Organ,Piano
Si Zentner   Trombone
Don Arnone   Guitar
Ken Bell   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Larry Butler   Piano
Hillous Butrum   Guitar
Clay Caire   Drums
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Frank Carroll   Bass
Floyd Chance   Bass
Charlie Daniels   Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Kenny Malone   Drums
Kenny Mims   Guitar
Richard Morris   Marimbas,Bells,Vibes
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Ron Oates   Keyboards
Bill Pittman   Guitar
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Allan Reuss   Guitar
George Richey   Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Don Roth   Guitar
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
James Stroud   Drums
Pete Wade   Guitar
James Farmer   Steel Guitar
Jerry Byrd   Bass,Bass Guitar
Harold Carmack   Piano
Farris Coursey   Drums
Louis Dunn   Drums
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Jack Pruett   Guitar
Jimmy Rollins   Guitar
Slim Harbert   Bass
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Bass
Andrew Ackers   Piano
Floyd Lanning   Guitar
Ted Romersa   Drums
Donald Slayman   Fiddle
Philip Stephens   Bass
Frover Lavender   Fiddle
Owen Nradley   Piano
Hilmer J. Timbrell   Guitar
Jack Wade   Guitar
Joe Knight   Guitar
Steven Schaeffer   Bass

Technical Credits

Marty Robbins   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer,Audio Production
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett   Producer
Walter Haynes   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer,Audio Production
Frank Jones   Producer,Audio Production
Don Law   Producer,Audio Production
J. Livingston   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer,Audio Production
Allen   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Herbert Wilson   Composer
Danny DiMinno   Composer
M. Davis   Composer
Tom Choi   Package Manager
Bob Montgomery   Producer

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