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Cool Water Import, Original recording remastered

4.4 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews

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Deleted in the U.S.! Digitally remastered edition of the western classic from this most western of western bands. The Sons Of The Pioneers keep the spirit of the west alive and vibrant. This edition updates the sound of the original 1959 issue from RCA Record's "Living Stereo" series to the delight of fans that have worn down the grooves of their original vinyl record and features the album's original 18 track. Includes 'Tumbling Tumbleweeds', 'Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo', 'Red River Valley' and more. Sony/BMG.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA Victor Europe
  • ASIN: B0000073YV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Living Stereo Collection was a series of finely crafted LPs from the late fifties and early sixties that took popular songs of that era and added slick orchestral accompaniments for some truly remarkable finished products. This album is no exception.
Cool Water reprises many of the Sons of the Pioneers best loved tunes, including Wagon Wheels, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, the title cut and a dynamic interpretation of Ghost Riders in the Sky. The arrangements add the beauty of stirring strings, subdued brass and haunting woodwinds to the traditional western instruments; guitar, accordian and harmonica. The result is a wonderful musical combination that supports and enhances the incomparable harmonies of the singers.
As with many top groups, the lesser known songs are often like discovering buried treasure. For those not well acquainted with the Sons of the Pioneers, take the time to listen carefully to the almost classical harmonies of Wind, Blue Prairie, Blue Shadows on the Trail and Twilight on the Trail. There are also jauntily upbeat offerings like Way Out There and Ridin' Down the Canyon.
This album is a dreamlike journey down memory lane, to a time when music was simpler and more heartfelt, and we all felt comfortable singing along with our favorite melodies. Put Cool Water on the stereo and, before you know it, you'll find yourself joining in on these wonderful songs.
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There isn't quite enough space in the title box to write the entire title I had in mind: If you don't like this music, it's your misfortune . . . etc. How lucky we are this wonderful music has made the trip through the generations and through the technologies from 78s to LPs to 8-tracks, etc. right down to the current CD.

Other reviewers have noted that the recording of Riders in the Sky on this collection is the exemplar by which others might be judged; I agree. In fact, this cut alone makes the purchase worthwhile in my view, but all songs here are good, and the up-tempo songs: Whoopie-Ti-Yi-Yo, and Timber Trail are songs of which I never tire. The yodeling in three-part harmony of Way Out There is the inimitable trademark of the Sons of the Pioneers.

As I recall, Riders in the Sky was written by a Forest Ranger (Stan Jones). With or without the lyrics, this minor-key song is one for the ages. My other favorite rendition of it is by Fiedler and the Boston Pops on a CD called Pops Roundup -- if you can find it, buy it, and play "Riders" LOUDLY! and often.
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If you like your western music the way I like my whiskey (straight), then look elsewhere. Let's face it, how many times have you seen a full orchestra sitting around the campfire? One normally envisions a guitar or two, and maybe a harmonica. That being said, this CD is remarkable on several fronts.
The original recording dates to 1959, using RCA's (then) new "Living Stereo" technology, the beginning of "hi-fidelity stereo" sound as we know it today. I can remember listening to the original LP in my dad's record collection during the mid '60s. I loved every minute of it then, and now. It was a very clean studio recording featuring tight harmonies, and the orchestral back-up added a "full" sound without overwhelming the vocals or the "mood." The frequency response of the original recording is impressive as well when you consider its 45 year age; nice string bass and crisp tambourine. This import CD can brag about its quality transfer to digital.
All of the Sons of the Pioneers favorites are here, including "the Last Roundup," "Whoopie-Ti-Yi-Yo," "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Red River Valley," "Empty Saddles," "Wagon Wheels," and perhaps the best recording ever of "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky." Enjoy!
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I had this recording on 8-track tape back in the 70's. Until I found it here I had no idea how much I missed it. This CD takes me back to those years, listening with my Pappy to the Sons of the Pioneers, Jimmie Rodgers, Vaughn Monroe, and Homer and Jethro, and watching Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and The Lone Ranger in black and white. It reminds me of folks that I wish were still here, and it inspires me to write about them and the stories they told. Marvelous!
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First the history of this album for me, then my impressions of the CD.

As a kid, we'd leave my hometown of Tulsa and make the drive to my Great-Grandparents' home, in the little town of Holdenville, Oklahoma. While the adults hung up coats and fixed lunch and talked and talked and TALKED, I'd race to the back room.

The back room had tinkertoys, a handful of trinkets gathered from local eating establishments, but for me it mainly had a record player and a stack of records.

It didn't take me long to figure out that very little of my Great-Grandparents' music was going to appeal to me; however, among the stack, I found this album. I loved it immediately and played it every time we went to their house.

Years later I inherited that album, but by that time a bad needle had ruiend the recording and none of the digital "tricks" I had could resurrect it.

Fast-forward to today, and the CD arrives!

As you might imagine, I had high expectations for this CD. Not only does it meet my expectations, it completely exceeds it.

First, the songs are of course exactly as I remember. However, it's like a veil has been lifted between me and the performace... this isn't sound in a groove coming from a cone, they're performing in the room! I'd forgotten how irresistable it is to harmonize with them.

The dynamics are at least as wide as on the album, actually wider because there's no "overload" point where it turns to fuzz. Voices truly soar.

The recordings, while focused on the nartually-eq'd voices, are deep, rich, full, clear, crisp and fresh. This is a very well-balanced recording!

O.K, finally, this is a recording from analog tape form 1959... how's the hiss?

ABSENT.

No joke.
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