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Marty Robbins was a country music superstar who crossed boundaries, enjoyed chart success in both the country and pop listings and in concert, presented a show that pleased equally varied audiences. Whether it was a stone country song or a gunfighter tale, up-tempo rockabilly, gospel or pop standard or a haunting melody from the far-away Caribbean or Hawaii, all were handled with equal ease in his highly recognisable baritone styling.
Marty Robbins’ music diversity shows through in the four albums brought together for this collection, headed up with his much beloved western songs. “The Drifter” is the original 1966 release and includes ‘Mr. Shorty’, a lengthy story song that ranks among the finest of his gunfighter ballads.
Also from 1966 the second set of western songs “Saddle Tramp” gets its first public airing here as, originally, it was only previously available to members of the Columbia Record Club in the USA and Canada.
“What God Has Done” was released in 1966 and features inspirational songs blending Robbins’ originals among them. The title track and ‘A Little Spot Of Heaven’ with traditional songs of faith like ‘The Great Speckled Bird’ and ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ both well-established within country music repertoires.
“Christmas With Marty Robbins” was released in 1967 and, like the preceding inspirational album also included a handful of new songs. A couple, ‘Merry Christmas From Me To You’ and ‘A Christmas Prayer’ were penned by the artist and fit perfectly alongside the familiar hymns and seasonal material.
Marty Robbins died on December 8th 1982 at a far too young 57 but lived long enough to witness his induction into Nashville’s prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame, the highest honour to be bestowed upon a country music entertainer.
1. MEET ME TONIGHT IN LAREDO
2. THE WIND GOES
3. CRY STAMPEDE
4. FELEENA (FROM EL PASO)
5. NEVER TIE ME DOWN
6. COTTONWOOD TREE
7. OH VIRGINIA
8. MR. SHORTY
9. TAKE ME BACK TO THE PRAIRIE SADDLE TRAMP
10.I’M GONNA BE A COWBOY
15.THE COWBOY IN THE CONTINENTAL SUIT
17.WHEN THE WORK’S ALL DONE THIS FALL
18.THE ROVING GAMBLER
WHAT GOD HAS DONE
1. WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED UP YONDER
2. AN EVENING PRAYER
3. A LITTLE SPOT IN HEAVEN
4. WHAT GOD HAS DONE
5. YOU GOTTA CLIMB
6. ALMOST PERSUADED
7. THERE’S POWER IN THE BLOOD
8. WITH HIS HAND ON MY SHOULDER
9. THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD
10.WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
11.WHO AT MY DOOR IS STANDING
12.HAVE THINE OWN WAY, LORD CHRISTMAS WITH MARTY ROBBINS
13.LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
14.CHRISTMAS IS FOR KIDS
15.CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE AGAIN
16.MANY CHRISTMASES AGO
17.THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS
18.LITTLE STRANGER (IN A MANGER)
19.HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
20.ONE OF YOU (IN EVERY SIZE)
22.MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU FROM ME
23.A CHRISTMAS PRAYER