- Audio CD (June 27, 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Imports
- ASIN: B000001AWE
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
On the Trail Import
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There is a mythic quality to a lot of these songs that perfectly captures the spirit of the great outdoors and the American west -- and Frankie Laine's voice is the embodiment of that spirit. One of my early childhood memories of my mother quoting a line from "Cry of the Wild Goose" as we watched a flock of geese flying south above our field ("My heart knows what the wild goose knows/And I must go where the wild goose goes..."). I still can't look up at a flock of geese without hearing Frankie's stirring rendition of this great song.
"Riders in the Sky" was one of my father's favorite songs -- I'd learned all the lyrics from him long before I ever started school. It's always been one of my all-time favorites as well. Through the years, I've heard well over two dozen versions of it by different artists (there must have been recorded over 100 times), and have to say that Frankie's version is the best. Frankie's version was recorded over ten years after the Vaughn Monroe mega-hit (a great version in its own right), but Frankie's is the one most people I know seem to remember -- and prefer.
As to the title songs from the movies ... for anyone like myself who grew up watching 50s westerns, Frankie Laine *is* the voice of the wild west. How could he not be? Any time a western had an opening song, you could bet that Frankie was singing it (the one big exception being "High Noon" -- but then Frankie was the one who had the hit record of it).Read more ›
High noon the movie featured Tex Ritter's version of the title song, but it was Frankie Laine who had the biggest hit with the song. Other famous songs here are Cool water, Mule train, Along the Navajo trail, Rawhide, North to Alaska, Tumbling tumbleweeds and Ghost riders in the sky. There is much more to this collection than just the famous tracks, great though Frankie sings them. Just listen to some of the others, including Cry of the wild goose, Gunslinger and Prairie bell.
As with the companion volume that I reviewed a long time ago, my only complaint is the liner notes. Bear Family are usually impeccable, but the notes here, while interesting, look as if they were written for a different album, as most of the songs mentioned are not included on the CD, while little is said about the songs that are actually here, except the recording information. Still, it's the music that counts and the quality of the re-mastering is clearly up to Bear Family's customary standard.
Together with the companion volume On the trail, this demonstrates that Frankie was a great singer of western songs.
However.........as the saying goes.......nothing good lasts for ever and for some sad, lamentable reason......the music of Frankie Laine, (and others like him) has passed us by like the seasons of long ago. I don't care........i think his music is timeless and whether one is 8 or 80, there is simply no argument that he was TRULY a great BALLAD singer to whom many of todays singers could learn a thing or two from. It's good that music like this is now available in DVD format because it keeps this kind of music alive and whilst i still have breath in me.....i will continue to adore this music!
Thank you F.L and to all those who came before you and after you.
Adelaide South Australia
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When I was a kid, Frankie Laine was one of my favorite singers. It's good to recall those wonder years of growing up.Published 9 months ago by Clayton Cooper
If you are looking for a compilation of Frankie's best Western worked this is the best album I've found so farPublished on June 12, 2013 by Haze Locke
The first twelve songs on this cd are the songs that are supposed to be on the Hell Bent For Leather album, which is why I bought this. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by john thomas
I love Frankie Laine, but this is not one of his best. Too many are songs that were done by someone else and just aren't what I had in mind. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by Classic Romantic
This is real western, not the semipop country stuff they put out now. Love, murder, revenge, honor, its all here.
An excellent collection of old western songs. some of my all time favorites. outstanding service.Published on July 28, 2007 by Stephen D. Lang