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  • Audio Cassette (August 10, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002LMF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cowboy Logic
2. I Ride an Old Paint/Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo, Git Along Little Doggies
3. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
4. Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail
5. The Old Chisholm Trail
6. Home on the Range
7. What Am I Doing Here
8. Wild Ripplin' Waters
9. The Yellow Rose of Texas
10. Spanish Is the Lovin' Tongue
11. Cowboy Pride
12. Red River Valley
13. Let the Cowboy Dance
14. Jack of Diamonds
15. Texas Rangers
16. When the Work's All Done This Fall
17. The Streets of Laredo
18. O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
19. Where Do Cowboys Go When They Die/Reincarnation
20. Goodbye Old Paint
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I bought this cd for my dad as a gift.
Kari
Michael Martin Murphy arranges and sings traditional cowboy songs in a straight forward manner, i.e. the way they were written.
Kathy Anderson
I love the old country music and this cd has got many great old songs that I never hear anymore.
brandi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Michael Martin Murphy album I purchased. The songs on this album cover a wide spectrum of cowboy songs, real Western music which is distinctly different from Country music. Some of the songs evoke real deep emotions, the kind that a cowboy would experience whether he was alone on the trail, riding a cattledrive or in a frontier town where anything could happen. The album contains a lot of favourites like Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Happy Trails. It has a few that have become favourites. There are a couple that will make you laugh like Cowboy Logic and especially Where Do Cowboys Go When They Die/Reincarnation. Murphy is accompanied by many well know artists and the album insert has a small writeup on each song revealing some very interesting information about the songs development and history. Murphy has a easy listening quality to his music and has given me reason to buy three of his other albums. Cowboy Songs III, Cowboy Songs IV and Sagebrush Symphony. I am currently looking for his Christmas album which is Cowboy Songs II. I've learned that there is a lot more to Michael Martin Murphy since I first heard Wildfire back in the 70's and I would recommend his music to anyone who appreciates the real music of the west.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Martin W. Ward on December 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Murphey has always been a cowboy...his second solo album was titled based on his classic song "Cosmic Cowboy." But early in his career his cosmic cowboy persona was a modernizing of the cowboy myth, a guy as he said could work cattle in the day and discuss philosophy in the night. This album was a return to his western roots, a tribute to the cowboy myth. And a very effective tribute it is. A mix of new songs celebrating the cowboy lifestyle and traditional cowboy songs, the album is very effective and is not only a highlight of Murphey's career but a good introduction to western songs. The booklet is almost scholarly in it's description of the history of the traditional songs. However, it is not dry, but a very entertaining and detailed filled stories behind the songs. Very highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 25, 2003
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Cowboy songs existed before country music and became popular with a wider public in the thirties and forties because of their use in western movies. Marty Robbins and others continued to record them, but they gradually faded into obscurity. With this album, Michael revived the old songs and renewed public interest in them.
The set opens with the brilliant Cowboy logic, a song about the way cowboys think and ends with Happy trails, a Roy Rogers classic. In between, there are many cowboy classics, including Tumbling tumbleweeds, The old Chisholm trail, Home on the range, Yellow rose of Texas, Red river valley, Streets of Laredo, Bury me not on the lone prairie and Goodbye old paint.
Michael contributes three of his own songs, What I am I doing here, Let the cowboy dance and Where do cowboys go when they die � all of a high quality. He also covers Cowboy pride, a song written by Ian Tyson, a Canadian singer who has also demonstrated his love of cowboy music by recording several albums of western songs.
If you already enjoy cowboy songs, you will love this. If you are new to the music, this is the best place to start. The two follow-up albums � Cowboy songs II (A Cowboy Christmas) and Cowboy songs III (another collection similar to this) maintain the standard, while another of Michael�s albums, Horse legends, may also interest you, though most of the songs are unconnected with cowboys. Cowboy music fans wishing to explore further should investigate Ian Tyson�s music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wilfredo C. Derequito on January 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Cowboys on horseback is generally not a part of the Philippine cultural landscape, past or present. But one does not have to be a cowboy blazing the trails to appreciate Michael Martin Murphey's music.
Cowboy Songs is one of those albums where the listener is hard pressed to pick a particular favorite due to the simple fact that all the selections here are just so good. The all-star musicianship is simply great, the instruments sounding clear and crisp in full stereo.
Michael gives justice to such cowboy standards like 'Home On The Range', 'Red River Valley', 'Streets Of Laredo', 'Tumbling Tumbleweeds' and 'Yellow Rose Of Texas'. Though much covered by many earlier artists before him - i.e. Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, just to name a few - these songs are in good hands, Michael Martin Murphey's.
One can't help but laugh at the crooked and down-to-earth reasoning in 'Cowboy Logic' and the funny but truthful reality in 'Where Do Cowboys Go When They Die/Reincarnation' (Do I really end up as a 'fertilizer' when I die instead of finding myself in heaven!) At the same time, one can't help but be moved by 'When The Work's All Done This Fall', a tale of a young cowboy longing to go home to see his mother who did not live to see his wish come true when he was trampled to death by a stampeding herd one lightning-filled night.
I am tempted to say my piece about each of the selections but that's going too far! Let me just say that this compilation of cowboy songs is too good to be true, a smorgasbord of fantastic sounds that will surely tickle the ears even of the most sophisticated listener.
Come, let's hit the road and ride along with Michael Martin Murphey!
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