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25 Cowboy Classics: The Western Collection

Released: 10/30/2001
Label: Varèse Sarabande Records

A collection of Western classics sung by the first, full-fledged movie cowboy, Gene Autry, featuring recordings from Gene's Melody Ranch radio show, feature films, and television program The Gene Autry Show.

This release includes Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Ridin' Down the Canyon, Mule Train, Sing Me a Song of the Saddle, and, of course, Back in the Saddle Again. The liner notes are from KFDI-Classic Country Radio DJ Johnny Western and Western Music Historian O.J. Sikes. You'll certainly be singing in the saddle with this CD.

Track Listing

1. Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1:54)
(Bob Nolan)
From In Old Monterey, Republic Pictures
Released 8/14/39
Musical Supervisor: Raoul Kraushaar
2. Call of the Canyon (1:58)
(Billy Hill)
From Melody Ranch, Republic Pictures
Released 11/15/40
Musical Supervisor: Raoul Kraushaar
3. Red River Valley (1:36)
(Carl Cotner)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 8/25/40
Arranged by Carl Cotner
4. Purple Sage in the Twilight (1:45)
(Jule Styne/Sol Meyer/Gene Autry)
From Under Fiesta Stars, Republic Pictures
Released 8/25/41
Musical Supervisor: Raoul Kraushaar
5. Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle (2:25)
(Walter G. Samuels/Leonard Whitcup/Teddy Powell)
From Call of the Canyon, Republic Pictures
Released 8/10/42
Musical Supervisor: Raoul Kraushaar
6. Twilight on the Trail (2:00)
(Sidney Mitchell/Louis Alter)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 2/1/42
Arranged by Carl Cotner
7. There's a Rainbow on the Rio Colorado (1:55)
(Fred Rose/Gene Autry)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 10/4/42
Arranged by Carl Cotner
8. Oklahoma Hills (1:50)
(Leon Guthrie/Woody Guthrie)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 2/17/46
Arranged by Carl Cotner
9. Sioux City Sue (2:00)
(Ray Freedman/Dick Thomas)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 3/3/46
Arranged by Carl Cotner
10. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) (2:42)
(Michael Carr/James Kennedy)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 10/6/46
Arranged by Carl Cotner
11. The Last Roundup (3:08)
(Billy Hill)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 2/16/47
Arranged by Carl Cotner
12. Rounded Up in Glory (3:04)
(Carl Cotner)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 3/23/47
Arranged by Carl Cotner
13. Ridin' Down the Canyon (2:18)
(Gene Autry/Smiley Burnette)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 3/30/47
Arranged by Carl Cotner
14. The Singing Hills (2:37)
(Sammy Mysels/Dick Sanford/Mack David)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 7/20/47
Arranged by Carl Cotner
15. Ole Faithful (3:16)
(Michael Carr/James Kennedy)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 5/30/48
Arranged by Carl Cotner
16. Blue Shadows on the Trail (3:08)
(Eliot Daneil/Johnny Lange)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 1/9/49
Arranged by Carl Cotner
17. Ghost Riders in the Sky (3:41)
(Stan Jones)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 4/30/49
Arranged by Carl Cotner
18. Mule Train (2:38)
(Paul Sells/Fred Glickman/Johnny Lange/Hy Heath)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 11/19/49
Arranged by Carl Cotner
19. Sing Me a Song of the Saddle (2:10)
(Gene Autry/Frank Harford)
From The Gene Autry Show,
Episode 2 – "Head for Texas"
Telecast 7/23/50
Musical Director: Carl Cotner
20. The Old Chisholm Trail (1:10)
(Traditional)
From Mule Train, Columbia Pictures
Released 5/50
Musical Supervisor: Paul Mertz
21. There's a Goldmine in the Sky (3:00)
(Nick Kenny/Charles Kenny)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 6/3/50
Arranged by Carl Cotner
22. Home on the Range (1:17)
(Traditional, Arranged by Carl Cotner)
Gene Autry with the Cass County Boys
From The Gene Autry Show,
Episode 1 – "Gold Dust Charlie"
Telecast 7/30/50
Musical Director: Carl Cotner
23. Back in the Saddle Again (1:22)
(Gene Autry/Ray Whitley)
From The Gene Autry Show,
Episode 6 – "The Star Toter"
Telecast 8/20/50
Musical Director: Carl Cotner
24. Rim of the Canyon (3:03)
(Johnny Lange/Hy Heath)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/1/51
Arranged by Carl Cotner
25. The Hills of Wyoming (3:04)
(Leo Robin/Ralph Rainger)
From Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
Broadcast 12/12/54
Arranged by Carl Cotner

Notes & Background Information

The masters used for this package are from Gene Autry's personal Radio, Film and Television archives.

Compilation Producers: Cary E. Mansfield, Karla Buhlman and Johnny Western
Executive Producer: Jackie Autry
Research Consultant: Jon Guyot Smith
Digital Remastering: Bob Fisher, Pacific Multimedia Corp.
Notes: O. J. Sikes and Johnny Western
Graphics and Art Direction: Howard Levine, www.cdsphoto.com
Design: Bill Pitzonka

This compilation (P) 2001 Autry Qualified Interest Trust, The Autry Foundation and Flying A Pictures Inc. (C) 2001 Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc. Released through the courtesy of Gene Autry Entertainment, Inc.

Manufactured by Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc., 11846 Ventura Blvd., Suite 130, Studio City, CA 91604. Distributed by Universal Music and Video Distribution, 10 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Printed in the U.S.A.

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