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On the trail [CD]

Frankie Laine Audio CD
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Though his influence proved less durable than his record sales, Frankie Laine was one of the most popular vocalists of the 1950s, swinging jazz standards as well as half a dozen Western movie themes of the time with his manly baritone. Laine's somewhat artificial Western nature proved more successful in far-off England, where he set two chart records in 1953: ... Read more in Amazon's Frankie Laine Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bear Family-Rollercoaster
  • ASIN: B0000282YO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Frankie Laine - On the Trail

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First of two compilations of western songs 14 May 2004
By Amazon Customer #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album and its companion, On the trail again, contain all Frankie's classic recordings of western songs, including several television themes. Frankie often re-recorded songs and some songs appear on both compilations but in such cases they are always different recordings.
High noon the movie featured Tex Ritter’s version of the title song, but it was Frankie Laine who had the biggest hit with the song. Other famous songs here are Cool water, Mule train, Along the Navajo trail, Rawhide, North to Alaska, Tumbling tumbleweeds and Ghost riders in the sky. There is much more to this collection than just the famous tracks, great though Frankie sings them. Just listen to some of the others, including Cry of the wild goose, Gunslinger and Prairie bell.
As with the companion volume that I reviewed a long time ago, my only complaint is the liner notes. Bear Family are usually impeccable, but the notes here, while interesting, look as if they were written for a different album, as most of the songs mentioned are not included on the CD, while little is said about the songs that are actually here, except the recording information. Still, it’s the music that counts and the quality of the re-mastering is clearly up to Bear Family’s customary standard.
Together with the companion volume On the trail, this demonstrates that Frankie was a great singer of western songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expert renderings of the cowboy song 30 Jan 2014
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Back in the early 1950s Peewee Hunt's version of Twelve Street Rag and Frankie Laine's celebrated rendering of Jezebel were my first introductions to jazz and popular music and I have always remembered the two performers with gratitude.

Blessed with a strong firm voice plus impeccable diction Frankie Laine has not been accorded the enduring fame of such legends as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole but his recordings still sell well and he continues to be regarded as an absolute master of the once very popular cowboy song. Here he provided the theme song of The 3.10 To Yuma, Gunfight At O.K.Corral and Rawhide. He also recorded popular versions of High Noon and Champion The Wonder Horse

Bear Family have issued On The Trail and the companion On The Trail Again which effectively cover all Laine's well known offerings of the genre. Included are a number of alternative versions of popular favourites which was a speciality of Laine. In addition to those mentioned above the two discs include such enduring favourites as Cool Water, Mule Train, Along The Navajo Trail, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Ghost Riders In The Sky and Blowing Wild. There are a total of 50 tunes on the two CDs and which provide much enjoyable listening.

An introduction to Frankie Laine is provided by Columbia's three disc The Frankie Laine Collection. Here in addition to the cowboy songs three are also love songs and novelty numbers. The great hit Jezebel kicks off disc two.

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4.0 out of 5 stars frankie Laine review 19 May 2013
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cd met all my expectations and brought much enjoyment to all who listened to it, a must have in everyones cd collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of the Great Outdoors 18 Nov 2002
By Michael Pendragon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I believe that's what Irving Stone wrote of Frankie Laine in the liner notes to one of his great Columbia theme albums from the early 1960s (some of the songs from which are included in this collection).
There is a mythic quality to a lot of these songs that perfectly captures the spirit of the great outdoors and the American west -- and Frankie Laine's voice is the embodiment of that spirit. One of my early childhood memories of my mother quoting a line from "Cry of the Wild Goose" as we watched a flock of geese flying south above our field ("My heart knows what the wild goose knows/And I must go where the wild goose goes..."). I still can't look up at a flock of geese without hearing Frankie's stirring rendition of this great song.
"Riders in the Sky" was one of my father's favorite songs -- I'd learned all the lyrics from him long before I ever started school. It's always been one of my all-time favorites as well. Through the years, I've heard well over two dozen versions of it by different artists (there must have been recorded over 100 times), and have to say that Frankie's version is the best. Frankie's version was recorded over ten years after the Vaughn Monroe mega-hit (a great version in its own right), but Frankie's is the one most people I know seem to remember -- and prefer.
As to the title songs from the movies ... for anyone like myself who grew up watching 50s westerns, Frankie Laine *is* the voice of the wild west. How could he not be? Any time a western had an opening song, you could bet that Frankie was singing it (the one big exception being "High Noon" -- but then Frankie was the one who had the hit record of it).
"Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Cool Water," "North to Alaska" are songs I've known for decades as well -- though, unfortunately, only by other singers. Now don't get me wrong, Bing Crosby sings "Tumbleweeds" beautifully, but once you hear Frankie Laine's version -- slower paced in keeping with the tumbleweeds' "drifting, moving" motions, quietly impassioned delivery culminating in a spiritually uplifting crescendo with the line "A new world's born at dawn" -- well, nothing else compares.
"Bowie Knife," "Wanted Man," "Gunslinger," etc., are songs I've only been able to hear for the first time a few years ago (once they became available again on cd) -- and it's now hard to imagine that for 30-odd years I hadn't known them. (For some inexplicable reason, my folks didn't have the "Hellbent for Leather" album.) How "Bowie Knife" never managed to be a number one hit, will forever remain one of life's great mysteries.
What more can I say? When it comes to the American west/the great outdoors this is *the* album.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hell-bent for leather" 31 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've loved Frankie Laine's voice ever since I was a kid listening to my mother's LP of "Hell-Bent for Leather". It's masculine, smooth, expressive, and powerful, and Laine had the ability to hold a note for more than half a second. He's the only one of the mid-century pop singers I enjoy unreservedly. The western songs show him at his best, and I don't care if many of them were written for TV and movies. My brother has the old LP, and it's pretty worn, so I was glad when I found a CD with all of the songs and then some on it. It did a lot to make a long car trip less tedious. Post 'Million Mom March', it's going to be hard to find songs with lines like "If my gun don't take your evil life, you can bet my Bowie knife will", or "Until I became a wanted man, I never even owned a gun". Those songs still send shivers down my spine.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First of two compilations of western songs 14 May 2004
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album and its companion, On the trail again, contain all Frankie's classic recordings of western songs, including several television themes. Frankie often re-recorded songs and some songs appear on both compilations but in such cases they are always different recordings.
High noon the movie featured Tex Ritter's version of the title song, but it was Frankie Laine who had the biggest hit with the song. Other famous songs here are Cool water, Mule train, Along the Navajo trail, Rawhide, North to Alaska, Tumbling tumbleweeds and Ghost riders in the sky. There is much more to this collection than just the famous tracks, great though Frankie sings them. Just listen to some of the others, including Cry of the wild goose, Gunslinger and Prairie bell.
As with the companion volume that I reviewed a long time ago, my only complaint is the liner notes. Bear Family are usually impeccable, but the notes here, while interesting, look as if they were written for a different album, as most of the songs mentioned are not included on the CD, while little is said about the songs that are actually here, except the recording information. Still, it's the music that counts and the quality of the re-mastering is clearly up to Bear Family's customary standard.
Together with the companion volume On the trail, this demonstrates that Frankie was a great singer of western songs.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories. 19 Dec 1999
By P. Curtis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For me, like going home. 29 May 2000
By MsDragoon1948 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Had the essentials of this on a LP, back in the Dark Ages. Lost the LP in the shuffle along with my turntable. Have been searching for a CD equivalent for too many moons! The movie theme songs, ("High Noon," "Gunfight at the OK Corral," etc.), are stirring. The Western standards, ("Ghost Riders...," "Cool Water"), have haunting lyrics. Whatever kind of music you think you prefer, there will be at least a couple of songs in this collection that either touch your heart, or inspire you to "Hanging Tree" in there.
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