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FRANKIE LAINE: "HELL BENT FOR LEATHER", RETURNS,
This review is from: Hell Bent For Leather (Audio CD)
Five DRAMATIC Stars!! Great Western performances by the inimitable Frankie Laine and finally on CD with the complete original LP track lineup. Mr Laine, a dramatic singer, composer, and musician was an accomplished big band crooner who later sang pop, jazz, and blues, influencing many who followed in the 1950s and 1960s. He sold over 250 million songs (which puts him in company with the Mariahs, Celines, and Madonnas of today) and he hit his stride singing ballads and songs with western and adventure themes, although he was not a country & western artist. Legendary producer Mitch Miller helped guide Mr Laine's career into music legend status at Mercury and later at Columbia Records.
The 'best of the best' include: a bracing, nuanced version about the "Gunfight at the OK Corral"; the hand-to-hand fight to the death in "Bowie Knife", a 'tender foot' experiencing the West for the first time in "City Boy", an unbelievably beautiful "Along The Navajo Trail"; the total unconditional love of "The Hanging Tree" with it's unusual conclusion; a smooth "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and his mega hit song "Moonlight Gambler". This also includes Frankie's version of the Oscar-winning movie theme "High Noon" that outdid Tex Ritter's version; a whip-cracking "Mule Train", the desperation of a trek across the parching desert in "Cool Water", and the theme from the TV western "Rawhide" (that co-starred Clint Eastwood in his breakthrough role as Rowdy Yates). And perhaps, best of all, the awesome theme to the original movie version of "The 3:10 to Yuma" about a determined cowboy, with lyrics unrelated to either movie version but very powerful nonetheless. Orchestra and chorus conducted by the legendary Johnny Williams. Magnificent performances by one of the GREATEST singers of all time. My Highest Recommendation!! Five HUGE Stars. (Audio CD: 12 songs.)