Two contrasting albums, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" (1968) and "Tonight Carmen" (1967), again show how versatile Marty Robbins was.
The first album is not what you would call a country album, by any means, it is a collection of ballads beautifully sung with compassion and feeling, and accompanied by a full orchestra and chorus. Whilst every song is special, his versions of the title track plus "Am I That Easy To Forget", "Love Is Blue", the hauntingly beautiful self-penned "Virginia", "Until We Meet Again", "Yesterday" and another of his own compositions, "Love Is In The Air", show a sensitivity overlooked by many of his critics. There are 4 more tracks making 11 in all.
"Tonight Carmen" was a major hit on the singles charts and it sets the tone for a very different collection of Mexican inspired songs. None of the songs, other than the afore-mentioned title track are particularly well-known, but there is definitely a Tijuana feeling there. "Is There Anything Left I Can Say", "Love`s Gone Away", "The Girl With Gardenias In Her Hair" and "The Mission In Guadalajara" are my favourites, although the other 7 are very good too!
Yes, 22 tracks, all sung in the typical style of a legend called Marty Robbins. I cannot say better than that. Buy a copy of this CD and if you are a fan you will not be disappointed.