Heroes and Cowboys

Heroes and Cowboys

by Johnny Western

CD(Box Set)

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This is as good as it gets for Johnny Western fans. And, in the absence of a single disc collection from Columbia or Rhino, it's also the only route to go to get any Johnny Western material other than "The Ballad of Paladin." The three-CD set with 200 minutes of music, which retails for a whopping $85, has everything that Western recorded from 1952 for JOCO up through his '70s sides for House of Cash, and a ton of rare radio transcription recordings. Disc One contains some unreleased Columbia sides, and the JOCO sides from 1952 and 1953, nicely restored, with John Field showing himself a great one-man western combo with the use of Les Paul-style overdubs. Disc Two features more Columbia sides from the late '50s and early '60s, as well as Western's 1964 Philips sides and his songs cut for the Hep label in 1966. The Columbia material includes Western's attempts to crack the folk market, which may not have succeeded commercially but are great listening anyway. The Hep sides are the most interesting, however, for the sheer restraint that they show -- Western's later sides for Columbia and Philips showed a certain degree of excess on the production side, while the Hep sides benefit from a slightly leaner, more delicate backup. The House of Cash recordings featured on Disc Two also show off Western in a leaner setting, doing new performances and superb covers. Disc three consists of rare radio transcription performances done for the syndicated shows Country Style, USA and Country Music Time circa 1960, with Western doing sharp, lean renditions of numerous songs, backed by a band that included Marty Robbins on the piano. The material was a mix of country and folk standards, along with western material that he was directly associated with, and some fascinating covers. The sound on this material has held up exceptionally well, and it is exclusive to the Bear Family release.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127155528
catalogNumber: 15552
Rank: 109730


Disc 1

  1. The Ballad of Paladin
  2. The Guns of Rio Muerto
  3. The Gunfighter
  4. Geronimo
  5. The Ballad of Paladin
  6. The Lonely Man
  7. Hannah Lee (High Are the Gallows)
  8. The Streets of Laredo
  9. Cowpoke
  10. The Lilies Grow High
  11. Cottonwood Tree
  12. Rollin' Dust
  13. The Searchers
  14. Nineteen Men
  15. The Long Tall Shadow
  16. The Last Roundup
  17. The Ballad of Paladin
  18. The Streets of Old Dodge City
  19. Mr. Rodeo Cowboy
  20. The Singin' Man
  21. The Big Battle
  22. Forty Shades of Green
  23. Violet and a Rose
  24. Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)
  25. Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way
  26. Little Buffalo Bill
  27. Love Me, Love Me, Love Me
  28. Honey, How Sweet Can You Be

Disc 2

  1. Echo of Your Voice
  2. Ten Years
  3. Uh Huh!
  4. Delia's Gone
  5. Time Has Run out on Me
  6. Willowgreen
  7. Don't Cry Little Girl
  8. Darling Corey
  9. Stranger, Drive Away
  10. I Love You More
  11. All by My Lonesome
  12. Just for the Record
  13. Kathy Come Home
  14. Only the Lonely
  15. Light the Fuse
  16. Tender Years
  17. Turn Around and Look at Me
  18. Sincerely Your Friend
  19. Violet and a Rose
  20. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
  21. Used To
  22. I'll Try Hard to Forget You If I Can
  23. Whoever Finds This, I Love You
  24. The Last Time I Saw Phoenix
  25. The Hustler
  26. Forty Shades of Green
  27. You Wouldn't Know Love
  28. Arizona Morning

Disc 3

  1. Stay a Little Longer, Stay All Night (Theme)
  2. The Ballad of Paladin
  3. Lonely Street
  4. You Weren't Ashamed to Kiss Me Last Night
  5. Rollin' Dust
  6. John Henry
  7. Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You)
  8. The Wayward Wind
  9. Gotta Travel On
  10. Cowpoke
  11. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
  12. I Still Miss Someone
  13. Only the Lonely
  14. I Take a Country Girl for Mine (Texas Bill Strength)
  15. Delia's Gone
  16. I Walk the Line
  17. The Lilies Grow High
  18. Stay a Little Longer, Stay All Night (Theme)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Western   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Cash   Leader
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Joe Maphis   Guitar
Jerry Reed   Guitar
Marty Robbins   Piano
Buddy Clark   Bass
Jim Glaser   Vocal Ad-Libs
Grady Martin   Guitar,Leader
Gordon Terry   Fiddle
Joe Babcock   Vocals
Richard Boone   Narrator
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Bobby Bruce   Violin
Billy Byrd   Guitar
Jack Clement   Rhythm Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Phil Forrest   Vocals
Bobby Gibbons   Guitar
Larry Good   Rhythm Guitar
Marshall Grant   Bass
Joe Green   Steel Guitar
Wayne Moore   Bass
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals
John Pearson   Bass
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Harold Rugg   Steel Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Gary White   Viola
John C. Williams   Bass
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Hubert Anderson   Percussion
W.S. Holland   Drums
Marilyn Harman   Drums
Marvin Hughes   Piano
James M. McGee   Horn
William Whitney Pursell   Piano
Olcott Vail   Violin
Joseph Livoti   Violin
Elliot Fisher   Violin
Jack Halloran   Vocals
Wayne Burdick   Steel Guitar
Art Sparer   Guitar
Jerry G. Kennedy   Guitar
Jimmy Wilson   Piano
Frank Green   Violin
William Edward "Billy" Liebert   Accordion,Leader
Anthony F. Olson   Violin
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Alex Garland   Guitar
Rick Gilbreath   Piano
Bil Hargraves   Drums
Joe Allen   Bass
Robert E. Bays   French Horn
Irving Kluger   Drums
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Overdubs

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Producer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Ray Price   Composer
Sons of the Pioneers   Vocal Group
Michael Bolton   Composer
Jordanaires   Vocal Group
Roy Orbison   Composer
Jerry Donahue   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Johnny Western   Illustrations
Anita Kerr Singers   Vocal Group
Chan Kinchla   Composer
Steve Lukather   Composer
David Paich   Composer
Jeff Porcaro   Composer
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Mike Porcaro   Composer
John Smith   Liner Notes
Diane Warren   Composer
Mark Wilder   Tape Research
Hubert Anderson   Vibe Master
Jack Halloran   Vocal Group
Brian Tarquin   Composer
Dale Vinicur   Biographical Editor
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
Joe Melson   Composer
Dave Lazar   Composer
Dick Toops   Composer
Chris Ingram   Composer
Roy Cash   Composer
Larry Ehrlich   Composer
Arden Hart   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Sylke Lohmeyer   Artwork
Karl Silbersdorf   Composer
Jim Beck   Composer
Tom Six   Composer
Hill   Composer
Dave Lazer   Composer
Tennessee Two   Vocal Group
John Lowell   Composer
Pat Lavery   Composer

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