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Happy Trails: The Roy Rogers Collection, 1937-1990 Box set


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  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000IQ18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I've Sold My Saddle For An Old Guitar - Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers
2. That Pioneer Mother Of Mine - Roy Rogers
3. It's Home Sweet Home To Me - Roy Rogers
4. The Man In The Moon Is A Cowhand - Roy Rogers
5. Cool Water - Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers
6. A Cowboy Has To Sing - Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers
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Disc: 2
1. Home On The Range - Roy Rogers, Dale Evans & The Sons Of The Pioneers
2. My Little Lady - Roy Rogers
3. Cowboy Jubilee - Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers
4. Smiles Are Made Out Of The Sunshine - Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers
5. (Oh Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave) Wyoming - Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers
6. Git Along Little Dogies - Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers
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Disc: 3
1. Dust - Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers
2. I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande) - Roy Rogers, Dale Evans & The Sons Of The Pioneers
3. My Little Buckaroo - Roy Rogers, Dale Evans & The Sons Of The Pioneers
4. Blue Shadows On The Trail - Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers
5. (There'll Never Be Another) Pecos Bill - Roy Rogers/Foy Willing/The Riders Of The Purple Sage
6. Rose Of Ol' Pawnee - Roy Rogers/Foy Willing/The Riders Of The Purple Sage
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Editorial Reviews

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Very few reconciled the often-conflicting agendas of art and entertainment as deftly as Roy Rogers. The King of the Cowboys owned a tenor voice so amiable and mellifluous that it had the power to disarm even the most jaded among us. Perhaps that's why he was such a popular figure in the years during and after World War II: his music was an antidote to the unsettled nature of the times, recalling the simple and sincere life of the cowboy, but revolving around timeless themes that even the slickest city boy could relate to. The bulk of this three-CD collection comes from Rogers's steady stream of radio shows, and the performances are highly professional yet never stiff, musically resonant yet never self-serving, and they usually are more exuberant and spontaneous than the original studio versions. The comprehensive set brilliantly showcases the range and depth of Rogers's talents: he could croon a congenial ballad one moment, yodel passionately and fluently the next, and lead a hot-swinging big band after that. Many of the cuts feature the incredible instrumental and vocal talents of the Sons of the Pioneers or the harmonies of wife Dale Evans, while the studio numbers usually feature the top players of the day. The majority of his Western songs were written not on the prairie, the ranch, or the trail, but in Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley. Still, Rogers had an uncanny ability to make the unauthentic and calculated sound genuine and refreshing. And while this may not be authentic Western music, it is without question authentic Hollywood-style Western music, which has its own distinct rewards. The result is an immensely charming collection that celebrates Rogers's charismatic performances, but more than that, pays homage to midcentury radio and film and their valiant (yet ultimately futile) attempt to recapture America's rapidly fading innocence. --Marc Greilsamer

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Roy Rogers was a hero to me asa child, young adult and even now as an old adult. To be able to own a collectionof his music like this is beyond words. The music is a very good representation of his career in the movies. Thetribute to him by Dusty is something every parent would be proud of.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roadrunner on July 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The purity of the blending of the voices is something not easily found today. There is no need to protect children from the lyrics. Roy Rogers and his associates always present an uplifting choice of music, lyrics, and pure entertainment. Their comedy skits are not only funny, but CLEAN! They did not need sex and violence to entertain their audiences, and hearing them again is a pure joy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
As other reviews have stated, this is a Roy Rogers fans never heard on pro recordings. And hearing the slightly different arrangements as well as the exceptional backup vocals with the Pioneers and Riders of the Purple Sage add even more magic to already excellent songs.The pristing quality of the tracks as well as the excellent packaging and VERY informative booklet are worth the price of admission alone. But it's the music that captures the imagination and brings a smile and even a tear to the eye as Roy yodels, does a square dance call, banters with Dale and Gabby, and just charms the socks off of listeners of the programs not only in the 1940's and 50's, but today as well. The songs from later in his career let us hear an older but still wonderful voice. It definitely is music I would never be ashamed or embarrassed to let my parents or my kids hear.I sure hope Dusty, Larry Zwisohn and Rhino Records will work together to release more of this priceless and uniquely American music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have been a Roy Rogers fan for many, many years. I love his Western films, especially the ones with Dale, Gabby and the Sons of the Pioneers, but I also love his music. In my opinion, Roy is America's #1 singing cowboy. That's why I was so tickled when I found this boxed set. There are many great "movie" songs featured, some which I have heard over and over, still others that I have never heard before. I'm familiar with " Jingle, Jangle, Jingle" which has been recorded by other artists but this was my first time to hear it done so wonderfully by Roy and Dale. It is one of my favorite cuts. The same goes for "River of No Return." There are just too many great songs to mention here.
I hope Dusty, and all the people responsible for getting Roy and Dale's music on CD, will gather some more of those precious gems from Roy's countless B westerns and put them in yet another boxed set. One song in particular I would love to hear again is "Idaho", from the 1943 movie of the same title.
If you are a Roy Rogers fan, you will love this box set.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "siliconvalleythinker" on November 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Overall, a good set.
A couple of caveats: - These are radio transcriptions, with really bad acting between the songs. - Some of the key songs are not performed in full. - Some of the songs have topical verses added ('Get Along Little Dogies' with a verse that the cattle would become meat for the soldiers!) - The swing orchestra on many of the songs is rather strange; but some selections have guitar. - Interesting to hear the aggressive commercials for tie-in merchandise (nothing new under the sun!) - Booklet is printed on dark paper in tiny type.
Still a good set.
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