Heroes & Cowboys (Box)

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Review Text 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. ~ Bruce Eder

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Ballad of Paladin - 2:12
  2. 2. Guns of Rio Muerto - 2:07
  3. 3. Gunfighter - 3:35
  4. 4. Geronimo - 2:26
  5. 5. Ballad of Paladin - 2:55
  6. 6. Lonely Man - 3:39
  7. 7. Hannah Lee (High Are the Gallows) - 2:26
  8. 8. Streets of Laredo - 3:01
  9. 9. Cowpoke - 3:58
  10. 10. Lilies Grow High - 3:56
  11. 11. Cottonwood Tree - 3:35
  12. 12. Rollin' Dust - 3:51
  13. 13. Searchers - 2:16
  14. 14. Nineteen Men - 3:51
  15. 15. Long Tall Shadow - 3:34
  16. 16. Last Roundup - 4:35
  17. 17. Ballad of Paladin - 2:56
  18. 18. Streets of Old Dodge City - 3:31
  19. 19. Mr. Rodeo Cowboy - 3:04
  20. 20. Singin' Man - 3:04
  21. 21. Big Battle - 4:07
  22. 22. Forty Shades of Green - 3:55
  23. 23. Violet and a Rose - 3:57
  24. 24. Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) - 2:12
  25. 25. Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way - 2:29
  26. 26. Little Buffalo Bill - 2:20
  27. 27. Love Me, Love Me, Love Me - 3:38
  28. 28. Honey, How Sweet Can You Be - 3:45

CD: 2

  1. 29. Echo of Your Voice - 2:29
  2. 30. Ten Years - 2:19
  3. 31. Uh Huh! - 2:14
  4. 32. Delia's Gone - 3:59
  5. 33. Time Has Run Out on Me - 3:31
  6. 34. Willowgreen - 3:02
  7. 35. Don't Cry Little Girl - 3:40
  8. 36. Darling Corey - 3:42
  9. 37. Stranger, Drive Away - 3:38
  10. 38. I Love You More - 2:25
  11. 39. All by My Lonesome - 3:32
  12. 40. Just for the Record - 3:44
  13. 41. Kathy Come Home - 3:38
  14. 42. Only the Lonely - 3:56
  15. 43. Light the Fuse - 2:23
  16. 44. Tender Years - 3:00
  17. 45. Turn Around and Look at Me - 3:33
  18. 46. Sincerely Your Friend - 2:19
  19. 47. Violet and a Rose - 3:25
  20. 48. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town - 3:40
  21. 49. Used To - 3:57
  22. 50. I'll Try Hard to Forget You If I Can - 2:27
  23. 51. Whoever Finds This, I Love You - 4:51
  24. 52. Last Time I Saw Phoenix - 3:50
  25. 53. Hustler - 2:29
  26. 54. Forty Shades of Green - 4:51
  27. 55. You Wouldn't Know Love - 4:33
  28. 56. Arizona Morning - 3:12

CD: 3

  1. 57. Stay a Little Longer, Stay All Night (Theme) - 1:32
  2. 58. Ballad of Paladin - 3:33
  3. 59. Lonely Street - 4:38
  4. 60. You Weren't Ashamed to Kiss Me Last Night - 3:30
  5. 61. Rollin' Dust - 3:57
  6. 62. John Henry - 2:23
  7. 63. Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You) - 3:28
  8. 64. Wayward Wind - 2:52
  9. 65. Gotta Travel On - 2:16
  10. 66. Cowpoke - 3:04
  11. 67. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky - 3:34
  12. 68. I Still Miss Someone - 3:58
  13. 69. Only the Lonely - 3:15
  14. 70. I Take a Country Girl for Mine (Texas Bill Strength) - 2:53
  15. 71. Delia's Gone - 3:14
  16. 72. I Walk the Line - 2:02
  17. 73. Lilies Grow High - 3:42
  18. 74. Stay a Little Longer, Stay All Night (Theme) - 1:33

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Release Date
6/27/94 

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