Thursday, May 20, 2010

Marty Robbins - More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs

I bought my first Marty Robbins’ LP, “Best Loved Hits”, in October 2006. The songs in the LP did not excite me at all. I bought my second Marty Robbins’ LP , “Gun Fighter Ballads & Trail Songs” in December 2006. Two songs in that LP, “El Paso” and “A Hundred and Sixty Acres” thrilled me so much and got me started to search the Internet for more information on this singer.

I got my third Marty Robbins’ LP, “More Gun Fighter Ballads and Trail Songs in January 2007. Marty Robbins music is quite different from most of country and western singers. I personally classify Marty Robbins as “cowboy songs” as he sang many songs on the stories of good men, bandits and gunfights. And I am always cherished by these types of stories and songs. The note at the back of one of Marty Robbins’ album aptly describes my liking for cowboy songs. The note goes like this:

“The man of the west is one of the most cherished figures in Americana, a rugged symbol of the making of the country, of a hard life and of elemental existence. The lonely life of the cowboy and the gunfighter is reflected in their ballads, which are melancholy even when the tune itself is lively. There were lost families, lost sweethearts, lost friends, and around the men of the west those endless plains, magnifying the solitude. And there was work to be done, hard work herding cattle and sheep, building the railroads, and guarding them all from the bad men.”

This album was released in 1960.

Song List:

Side A - San Angelo, Prairie Fire, Streets Of Laredo, Song Of The Bandit, I've Got No Use For The Women

Side B - Five Brothers, Little Joe The Wrangler, Ride Cowboy Ride, This Peaceful Sod, She Was Young And She Was Pretty, My Love


  1. Thanks BC for the tip about cowboy songs. I have learnt the difference from you today.

    You are sincere and genuine in your postings. The only song I know from the selection is, 'The Streets Of Laredo.'

  2. Thanks for your comments.

    I love cowboy movies and I guess that's the reason I love cowboy songs.

  3. Anonymous1/10/10

    Paul si sinorina from Czech rep. 1.10.10 Marty Robbins at first on 45' in Czechoslovakia in 1971. We know the Feleena from this time. Our band Greenhorns playd in Czech version. And so on.

  4. Anonymous12/4/12

    If you like Marty's Western Music, you should check out Billy Walker--Matamoros, Cross the Brazos at Waco, The Girl, The Gun and The Gold, Pauncho Villa, and many many more as they say on TV. Back to Marty: Whaddaya think of Big Iron, Strawberry Roan, Five Brothers, Hanging Tree, Cowboy in the Continental Suit, and too many to list.