Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs is the fifth studio album by Marty Robbins, released on the Columbia Records label in September 1959 and peaking at #6 on the U.S. pop albums chart. It was recorded in a single eight-hour session on April 7, 1959, and was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1965 and Platinum in 1986. It is perhaps best known for Robbins' most successful single, "El Paso", a major hit on both the country and pop music charts, as well as for its opening track "Big Iron," a song that gained a resurgence in popularity online as an Internet meme.Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs reached #1 in both the country and pop music charts at the start of 1960 and won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording the following year. A follow-up album of cowboy songs, More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, was released in 1960. In 2017, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."Wikipedia
YE-(and I cannot stress this enough)-HAW
gangsta songs to listen to when you wanna shoot someone
FUCK AMERICA, WE RIDE WITH WESTERN PRIDE BABY BOY
Unexpectedly wonderful. Great storytelling, sing-along-ability: proper cowboy waltzes. Loved it!
I've always had a soft spot for Marty Robbins. I'm not sure why, as I didn't listen to him much growing up, nor was I overly enamored with the Wild West or gunslingers otherwise. However, I find I can identify him as singer even if I don't know the song. I've never actually listened to this album until today, but am happy to give it 5 stars. I don't know if I'll ever reach for it again, but I certainly wouldn't turn it off if it were playing otherwise...
Can't believe how much I love this for a country album. Amazing lyricism, great voice, solid understated guitar work. I'm going to need to pick this up on wax
lmao drugs man
I love this! I've heard They're Hanging Me Tonight before and instantly loved the sad, trembling 50s voice and gently plodding guitar strumming in the background. I feel like an old-fashioned cowboy listening to this and I'm sure that's what Marty intended.
Fallout new vegas 10/10
1959's Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs from Marty Robbins, a seminal C&W album with a one foot firmly in the Western half as it bridges the decades into the 1960's. These are like mini Western movie stories, with all the tropes, heroes, fair damsels in distress, love lost and gained, and guns a'blazin. If you're like me and spent a fair amount of time listening to the Grateful Dead, then you know the song El Paso, which the band performed nearly 400 times in their long touring career.
It starts off extremely strong, and even though it goes in a different direction for the rest of the album, it's filled with soothing and enjoyable songs. No song in this album is wasted, even if they seem to be all the same. Overall, this album is great for just zoning out or feeling relaxed. Favorite track: Big Iron
This is a special album for me since it showed me that country music is actually kinda cool and is not always the mindless redneck pandering garbage that is polluting the genre.
I think Marty has a beautiful voice and this album evokes the American imaginary of the time- heroic explorers using their bravery and ingenuity to tame the wild west. Music wise I can hear in the influence of Texas Swing, precursors to Johnny Cash and even glimmers of Charlie Feathers and rockabilly. Fun stuff!
Marty Robbins is a gangster. Dude can sing and his lyrics are so badass. I wasnt expecting to enjoy this but it was fire. Just wish a few of the slower songs were faster. Big iron is best song followed by Billy the kid
"El Paso" alone deserves a spot on this list. That rare country-pop crossover that's as timeless as ever. And every other song on this album sounds like it's trying to be another El Paso. That's meant as a complement. None of have the magic of "El Paso" but are enjoyable nonetheless. It took Breaking Bad and a video game to introduce Marty Robbins to new generations. My second favorite Marty Robbins song is, "You Gave Me A Mountain", but I prefer the hundreds of live versions Elvis did in the '70's during his final fat years.
Is this a book on tape?
That’s the Western album box checked then
really liked it
These are all actually really great and catchy!
Legendary album. The father of heavy metal. The man, the myth, the legend.
Awesome story telling in song
Toe tappin' fight havin' classics
Leuke country. Zo lollig dat het zelfs nipt 5 sterren verdient!
So relaxing. +1
This actually felt like listening to a bunch of country themed stories sang by a campfire. Very nice mood
Helemaal wat je verwacht op basis van de cover. Ik kan er wel van genieten.
When cowboys were shiny
Cross of slow Elvis and Georgie Fame
25. Um quarto com sorte. Um terço pela certa. Metade para azares. MotA: The Master's Call "To the town of Agua Fria rode a stranger one fine day"
9/10. Big Iron aside, this was just enjoyable to listen to. I think the style got a little repetitive
Hands down the best country album of all time. Marty Robbins' Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs is an all time classic and anyone who says differently in unequivocally wrong. Highlights: all, they're all perfect.
Neat stuff from the late 50’s!
Really great storytelling lyrics. And the production, mix and master are very good indeed: love the stereo panning, the BV stacks and the reverbs on the lead. Incredible for an album recorded in 1959.
yep.. totally badass duh
An adorable collection of brilliant western and western inspired tracks that made me smile from ear to ear. Cheesy as hell but immensely enjoyable.
This is great stuff. So evocative and such a clean sound. I’d never heard of this dude before
This is BRILLIANT.
I have had this on repeat all day. That voice, like gold soaked in honey but with a slight hint of menace on par with Johnny Cash. I can hear Marty Robbins' sound in the DNA of American, Outlaw Country, Gram Parsons and even Nick Cave in his murder ballad era. Amazing stuff and an original artform
great storyteller through music
I really enjoyed this! Lyrically, it's like a cross between a particularly detailed health and safety report crossed with proto gangsta rap, combined with assertive yet comforting harmonies. The music reminds me of the sort of hipster western music that had a moment in the 90s, no doubt strongly inspired by Mr Robbins - just getting me ready to hear the real-ish deal for the first time 25 years later.
What a fun, unique album. 2 recognized songs
Det har skett.
I liked the songs. A few reminded me of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson Storytellers.
Brilliant album, fantastic country western music
This was a real breath of fresh hair. I hadn't heard of this artist before and I loved this album. Added multiple songs from it to my playlist.
YEEHAW, i have a new album for the favourites list! Gotta get back into Fallout... Cool Water is an amazing song!
This was amazing. Every song was better than the last. What great stories and tunes.
As much as I have difficulty with millennial pop I find it really easy to connect with music that was produced decades before I was even born. Who knows! So I was excited of getting a 1959 of what seemed to be a country album, and really eager to get to listen to it. I am not deceived: the double bass, the subdued, barely audible acoustic guitar/banjo, and those vocal harmonies, just wow! One of my favourite albums of 2021 was Sturgill Simpson's The Ballad Of Doode & Juanita, and I can see clearly the influence that Marty Robbins' album might have cast over the kind of Sturgill's albums narrative.
A true classic right here. My first exposure to Marty Robbins, as is probably the case for most people my age and younger, was hearing "Big Iron" on the radio in Fallout: New Vegas. I was obsessed with that song (and several others in the game), and eventually I had the urge to seek out the man responsible. Robbins was an immensely talented country musician, who not only sang but wrote many of his timeless tracks. He found a lot of success and popularity during his time, but I think he's a little underrated by today's standards, at least in retrospective discussion of country artists like Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson or whoever else. I'm a Marty Man, and this album should show you why. All the tracks really do feel like they belong out on the range, on the trail. Great cowboy tales and imagery, and just infectious melodies to boot. The whole thing was recorded in one, eight-hour session! Sounds a bit like Black Sabbath's debut, another 5-star album from me. I don't know what it is, but some great artists seems to really shine when put in that pressure cooker. Anyway, go listen to El Paso at full blast and dream about that Mexican maiden. Favorite tracks: Big Iron, El Paso, The Hanging Tree, Strawberry Roan, The Master's Call, They're Hanging Me Tonight. Album art: Truly iconic, I love simple designs like this from the '50s, and it's also just an extremely bold color plus Marty in cowboy get-up. This one lives in my heart and mind forever. 5/5
Loved it. If all country sounded like that I'd be hooked
A fantastic album. Along with rap, country has been my eye opening genre that I will likely explore as a result of this exercise. Each song is a small cinematic snippet replete with shady characters, beautiful vistas and plot twists. All the songs are great but the standouts for me ; Big Iron (gorgeous rhythm guitar), El Paso and The Masters call. I loved this album 5 🌟 (bonus; the songs chose by Tidal after the album was finished more great storytelling songs that enhanced my listening experience)
Un album trop hot. Fallout new vegasj’adore
Amazing trail songs.
big irooooon, big iroooon
Pretty tempted to give this five stars as it seems like the epitome of wild west ballads. I'm sure there'll be a time and place where it's necessary to put this on as a soundtrack, not exactly sure when but when the time comes I'll know.
Really great. Each track was like it’s own western film and I found it really impressive how a world was created within each song, filled with vivid characters and settings. I know the Grateful Dead covered El Paso from this, but they must have been inspired by this world building too. Cool Water, El Paso, and Billy the Kid did this exceptionally well. I’d probably give this a 4.5 if I could since I can’t say it’s something I’d truly want to listen to frequently and sounds dated but it’s country music at its best for sure.
Goes a long way to explaining why the genre was called Country & Western. The influence of this release was enormous at the time and it is apparent what that was the case.
Classic stuff. You can hear the influence this has on the Grateful Dead, Chris Isaak, and the CatDog theme song. All bangers.
loved it, the og country music.
One of the greatest country albums of all time. Marty Robbins's voice is incredible.
I barnstorm by Country music most of the time, but this album was a cracker. Very good story teller. Paints a good picture of what life may or may not have been like in the era
I loved this album as a kid in the 70s. It's a classic.
Banger isn’t a strong enough word to describe this album
Fun to hear a storyteller working in direct images and a strong voice
Incredible album. Every song tells a vivid story and Robbins' voice is hauntingly beautiful. Enjoyed from beginning to end.
Much better than I expected. Easy to just fade into background, but then you would pick up on a wild scenario from one of the ballads and get pulled back in. Also this dude raced in NASCAR for fun?
Yes please. I am a country boy at heart and this music lets me imagine I work on a ranch in colorado with my horses (except I dont really like horses). I think I want to have horses on my ranch, I like the idea of lots of prancing stallions in my fields. And I would have an apple orchard. Its nice to hear a country album that isn't incessant racism and sexism, this is classic country (i guess probably western more accurately) about hard working, blue collar struggles post WW2 Highlights from this album, "Big Iron" what a cracking start to the album. "El Paso" - Gratefull Dead also covered this album lots in their earlier tours to great affect. Loved this, giving it a 5 as it had a huge influence in a lot of the later country and rock music I listen to.
Loved this - country but not winey- something my grandparents would have listened to and love that nostalgia vibe - sounds familiar although I’d never heard it before
There was some good story telling in these songs right here. El Paso has always been a bop.
Classic from start to finish.
High quality bangers all
absolute classic. excellent songs, love the harmonies. faves: big iron, they're hanging me tonight, cool water, el paso
Masterclass in couplet storytelling. Whether you like country or not, songs like ‘big iron’ are hard not to get sucked into. The soft disposition of the acoustics and bass is complimented justly with Marty’s lovely vibrato. An album for the ages.
One of the greatest pleasures of this project is discovering albums you would never normally listen to and being struck by how incredible they sound. Beautifully constructed, beautiful arrangements and melodies. I had never heard of Marty Robbins but what a voice - what an image. And as if being a Gunfighter was not enough, the man was a NASCAR driver too! This is simply stunning outlaw country. Utterly bad ass, 100% American. It goes straight to the heart of the American character, captured on wax. Big Iron must surely rank amongst the greatest songs of the 20th Century.
Ima give it a 5 cause why not. I liked the songs they banged
I listened twice. I adored this album. Found out my dad had been singing a real song all those years! “Coooool, cleeaaar waterrr.” He would sing it on hikes and hot days and the like. Us kids though he was just being a dork. Im so glad I listened, for the memories, and for Marty’s smooth voice.
Classic storytelling songs done right. Listening to some of these songs brought me back to the crappy barbecue restaurant we used to go to that had this album on the jukebox. Best track: El Paso
4* bit samey after a while but cool songs
Amazing, meme culture references and actually pretty good tunes
Wild an album like this used to be pop music.
I enjoyed this album a lot more than I thought I would. Cowboy music is actually pretty fun. Though most of the songs and in tragic death.
Great to listen to this whole album after knowing El Paso as played by the Grateful Dead. This is a great collection of Cowboy Ballads, very fun to listen. Songs get somewhat repetitive, but I guess it kinda goes with the genre. Highlights: -Big Iron -They're Hangin Me Tonight -El Paso -The Master's Call
Insanely iconic tunes from the Wild West, truly some storybook like sounds on this one, very very cowboy themed, red dead vibes in the best way, sometimes repetitive tho 4.4
I'm into it.
Exactly what it says on the tin. Great Western tunes.
I gotta admit when this came up I was alittle but bummed, but holy shit was this great. Reminds me a lot of Elvis’ ballads or Roy Orbison. Stand out tracks: Big Iron, A Hundred and Sixty Acres, They’re Hanging Me Tonight, Cool Water, El Paso and Saddle Tramp.
Big Iron has been stuck in my head all day
Está muy bien, pero es un poco repetitivo.
Best when it's rough and ready to fight
Rocknroll classic, county
I wish I could hate this album because Marty Robbins is a racist little piss baby. Sadly, this album is great. All of these songs are these odd americana tragedies. “Big Iron” manages to relay the story of an arrogant gunslinger killed by a lawman; “Cool Water” is a prickly, off-kilter, upbeat song about a man dying of thirst; “They’re Hanging me Tonight” is a song about a jilted lover murdering his former lover and her current lover; “El Paso” is about a man who basically condemns himself to death by trying to win his love. It is amazing that Robbins can make songs so easy to sing along to that are all so comedically depressing. But, there is also something really poetic about how little this music is sanitized. There are exceptions, of course (and the exceptions are often the very worst parts of the album). But, it is a western album that can’t even manage to romanticize the western front. Talking about sanitization, “A Hundred and Sixty Acres” is so boring, a man just enjoying farming. It sounded like white bread tastes. “The Master’s Call” was also a really uneven song. It’s not that I hate the message, just that it feels tonally out of sync with the rest of the album. Plus, the narrator is pretty hard to identify with, he sounds like a real jackass so I’m none to partial to him getting a miracle and the cattle dying. I love the closer, it really seems to encapsulate the really comedic tragedy that marks so much of this album. All in all, I would say a 7/10.
Ekan kappaleen aikana olin, että nyt on timanttista tavaraa. Kivaa länkkärimeininkiä. Vähän tunnelma latistui välillä, mutta hyvää menoa silti. Tykkään!
Classic, listened as a kid with my grandpa
This is some kind of shit my great grandma probably loved. I would definitely not just put this on, but would give anything to cruise around with her in her Thunderbird with this going on the radio.
Did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, but it transported me to another place
loved it. sounds like elvis, even though the influence was probably the other way around.
Very good, need to listen again
This album does a great job of doing varriations on a theme. What some might consider a bit boring, frequently changes up with each song, there is a new variation. Playing to its ol' west music vibe, very much in the spirit of a more traditional country music, it also has nice blend of Spanish style guitar keeping it feeling just bit more fresh than expected.
Не, ну для своего формата каеф вполне. Даже саунд приятный, хотя вроде вокал и акустическую гитару записать, шоб красиво - не особо мудрено. Треки сами атмосферу дают приятную вполне. И что важно, отдельно друг от друга что-то представляют по большей части, а не сливаются в единую кантри-вестерн массу. Правда, думаю, всяко быро заебёт, если репитом гонять. Но репитить же не обязательно, верно? То, шо спустя 62 года слушается адекватно - достойно увожения. Ну и настроем заряжает, взять Винчестер и отгонять коммунистов с данной белому человеку Богом земли.
Ну йиииииха, че. Вполне себе приемлемая вестерн-музыка. Ощущение, что каждую песню уже слышал раньше, что, конечно, намекает на некоторую неоригинальность мелодий, они как будто существуют и циркулируют внутри непосредственно жанра, и любой желающий может ими воспользоваться. Но бля, доёбываться к альбому 59-го года? Да бог с ним, слушается прикольно, качество записи — моё почтение, думаю Тарантино мог бы спиздить пару песен в свои проекты отсюда (а может даже и спиздил, я хуй его). Обложка смешная. Вообще с чистой душой мог бы и оценку в районе 5 поставить, потому что ну не подъебаться особо, но это банально нечестно. Альбом тогда будет выше многих гораздо более пиздатых вещей, которые я собираюсь переслушивать. Поэтому ну 8/10, для своего времени и жанра думаю топ.
This is Western game music. It’s sort of nice to give something totally new a chance. Not sure how I’ll feel by the end of the journey but I’m excited to start
A country albums that isn’t awful
The quality is a lot higher than I imagined it would be. My only tiny negative is that it largely sounds the same all the way through, but that’s just music from that era.
Made me feel like Billy the Kid
An album that goes well beyond the meme. Some amazing narrative lyricism + expertly minimal instrumentation makes for a rapturing listen even if country isn't your genre. The explicit religious themes of 'The Master's Call' dates/detracts the narrative and loses this LP a few points, but doesn't hamper the album enough to make it any less of a lyrical joyride
теплый атмосферный кантри, вывозит за счёт гармоний и мелодий, драмки и баса почти нет, что логично. четкие вокальные линии и бэки
Very good country album. Really enjoyed this, some tracks I had heard covers of before but not the originals. Real score around 3.75
Very fun. I have to be in a certain mood to vibe so well with this, but today was the day.
Some of these tunes I’ve heard before. Really good
I love the really classic western songs like Big Iron and The Master's Call, and the fact that Robbins wrote these is a bonus. Even the more pedestrian, country style tunes are carried by good storytelling, strong lead vocals and nice harmonies. My favourite 50s album so far!
Really enjoyed listening to this riding on a train through the west.
i always loved this album - i have a few favorites on it. El Paso, Big Iron, The Hanging Tree
Take that outlaw! Not what I would listen to by choice but I enjoyed this. Glad it included El Paso which I recognise after its excellent use in Breaking Bad.
Shame the guy was such a prawn
This one was fun in a bizarre way. The opener is amazing and there are some real gems along the way. It felt like a perfect example of what it was. There were several points where I felt like I’d heard something like it before. Not something I’d listen to every day but it was out of left field and enjoyable for the day
Me if I was a cowboy
You Must Buy Your Wife At Least As Much Jewelry As You Buy Your Horse and Other Poems and Observations Humorous and Otherwise from the Life on the Range
-Hey, "Big Iron" is the meme song -Cool and nice little stories within the songs, even if they are basically all "I'm a cowboy, I ride a horse, oh no I got shot, and now I'm dead"
good but there was an issue with the audio that spoilt it
Track 01 - 4/5 Track 02 - 3/5 Track 03 - 4/5 Track 04 - 3.5/5 Track 05 - 2.75/5 Track 06 - 2.5/5 Track 07 - 2/5 Track 08 - 3/5 Track 09 - 3/5 Track 10 - 4.25/5 Track 11 - 2.75/5 Track 12 - 3/5 Track 13 - 2/5 Track 14 - 1.75/5 Track 15 - 4.25/5 Overall: 3.5/5 Album Art: 5/5
Makes me want to get into some real, Old West shit!
I listen to a few of these songs regularly. Fantastic western sound.
Jeden z najbardziej memicznych pickow jakie pojawily sie na liscie, bo ranger z wielkim ironem przy pasie, to nie tylko kultowa pozycja na ost falloutowym, ale bardziej ostatnio kojarzy sie z zoltym psem, no ale wspolczesnie sam koncept westernowych ballad jest zartem, bo opowiadaja one historie tak abstrakcyjne wspolczesnie, ze slucha sie ich jako zartu, a gunfighter ballads and trail songs, to wlasnie zbior takich przyspiewek, orginalne wydanie z 59 zamyka sie w 35 minutach, ale spotifaj ma wersje deluxowa z 99 dodajaca 3 kawalki, co daje 44 minuty opowiesci, o samym panie Robbinsie nie wiedzialem nic wiecej, ze byl autorem big irona, ale jak widze to jest on jednym z najwiekszych outlawowoych grajkow hameryki, 40 lat kariery muzycznej, filmowanie na boku, a dodatkowo jeszcze sciganka w nascarze, brzmi jak wspolczesny kowboj, jesli chodzi o ten album, to polowa materialu to orginalne utwory Martiego, natomiast reszta to klasyczne opowiscie outlawowe, wiec piekna milosc, jeszcze piekniejsze smierci, prawo i bezprawie, mala ojczyzna i jej uwielbienie polaczone z zamilowaniem wolnosci, pewnie sie powtazam, ale nawet komercyjnie sprzedawane country w takim wydaniu ma w sobie cos wyjatkowego, czego nie mozna uslyszec juz na dzisiejszych nagraniach, jesli chodzi o czesc instrumentalna plyty, to jest ona minimalistyczna i nadaje uczucie, ze slucha sie prawdziwej opowiesci w barze czy ognisku na szlaku, w nagraniu bralo udzial tylko pieciu artystow, jesli liczyc takze gitarke Robbinsa, no i jeszcze tompall & the glaser brothers robili za chorki, ktore w tym gatunku nie ograniczaja sie jedynie do refrenow, minimalne instrumentale, urzekajacy wokal pana Martiego i opowiesci z bezdrozy, przepis na wyjatkowo sluchalny krazek, na plejke leca glownie orginalne kompozycje, wiec otwierajacy big iron, el paso i they are hanging me tonight, po takim seansie czlek czuje sie jak bumer i znowu chce sie odpalac fallouta, aby przemierzac nieuzytki wyjete spod prawa
Really enjoyed this!
Well, I love this. Like, really. Makes me think of the westerns my grandpas and dad watch. And also, Quentin Tarrantino. There is a lot of kitsche here. Every song is the same. But it's great. 3.5 but rounding up because I read that he was a pioneer of outlaw country. And, that's a subgenre I truly love.
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Hanging tree, Saddle trump
Definitely worth looking into.
That was really enjoyable, for a certain country/western vibe but really solid
Just a collection of very solid and enjoyable country ballads. I don’t think Marty really killed and got killed all those times, though
This is a more solid eight hours' work than I've ever done in my life.
Good old country. Propably the most country album I have listened to. Loved it 4 stars.
From the golden age of country. This is an absolute classic from a time when the wild west dominated entertainment.
Kinda fun! It includes El Paso, Marty's biggest hit.
Me transportou pra outra época. Gostei.
cannot believe I loved this
Perfect album to listen to while reading Steel Ball Run
This is THE ALBUM to show people who say they don't like country music. I'm not even a big country fan but this is a fantastic album. It reminds me of what my Grandpa would call "attitude adjustment" music. You just can't be mad while listening to it. El Paso invokes memories I forgot I had of childhood. The fact that this album was recorded in a single 8 hour session makes it all the more impressive just how good the album really is.
Big Iron was my grandads favourite song because of the story telling. I think that the narratives are miles better than the tunes but I still really enjoy x
Did not expect this to show up on this list but I should have. Stevie had a vinyl with some of these greats on it and we used to sing them all the time. Classics like Big Iron, El Paso, The Hanging Tree are great country songs. I think what I liked most was the way Marty was able to tell a story in his songs that was unique but also so very country.
Wow hahah dođe mi da se postanem cowboy(girl?) “ I've got a hundred and sixty acres full of sunshine \\ Got a hundred and sixty million stars above” Otkrila san posebno misto u srcu za country 50-ih ili Martyija whatever
na prvu nisan toliko bila oduševljena, ali neke pisme su mi baš dobre i sigurno ću ih opet poslušat (npr. Billy The Kid, obožavan te mutacije dur-mol). Iako, za tako "pozitivan" ugođaj, dosta tekstova je o ubojstvima haha
Amazing! Fallout 3 memories :)
I really enjoyed the storytelling on this.
Good album. No skips and felt sort of comforting and peaceful for some reason.
timeless and legendary western nostalgia ballads. truly infectious storytelling in these lyrics! 4.5/5
Big Iron is a fun song. There are some actually really nice musical progressions and modulations. All the songs have these tight narratives, and are just so enjoyable. The Master's Call is christian fan fic, though a god killing 100 cattle with a lighting bolt is pretty rad. El Paso is really violent for such an upbeat song. This was a great time.
4.4 + A delightful country-western record with stories of cowboys and outlaws, set against a sunny desert backdrop. Robbins sings with a clear, bright tenor, supported with barbershop-style backing vocals and guitar. There are also subtle tinges of mariachi. Highlights include "Big Iron", "El Paso", and "Cool Water."
first listen wow this is a real treat, never listened to tejano
This album was a real treat to listen to. Although my favorite songs on the album were all written by Robbins the arrangements of traditional songs and covers were done really well. The musicianship on here is excellent and the lyrics really do take you back to the fairytale image of what the old west was. I listened to a few other albums of his after this and enjoyed them as well.
Really enjoyed this album. A different era of country music - the golden years in my opinion. A lot of the songs have the same qualities - smooth lead vocals that fill your ears, sweet backing vocal harmony, straight ahead musical arrangements that they play and pluck the heck out of, and some nostalgic or heart-tugging lyrics. Robbins and his band don't disrespect the songs recorded by others and the originals fit right in. Wish there were a few more originals. Listening to the album was like watching an old Western. Real easy listening.
I know I've heard "El Paso" numerous times. It's a great song, and when I played this album it was the one my wife was waiting to hear. Definitely a change of pace album for me. It is such a different type of album from what I normally listen to, but that's not a bad thing. It's a simple recording but the songs are not simple. You would think that the songs being of the same type would be boring, but not really. Most of them are short enough to hold your interest, get in and get done fairly quickly. The Beatles' tracks were like that, too. 2 minutes or so and bam, you're done. That brevity is sometimes lacking in thing I listen to. Anyway, I dug the pieces, even though they harken back to a time before rock. It is a novelty but not a bad one. Something to come back to but not to listen to every day.
I love this stuff! Old country that's new to me is always approved for listening.
God s med Marty
Beautiful and classic
I've never quite appreciated how much propaganda goes into western songs untill paying attention to this. Honestly found myself unexpectedly enjoying the atmosphere and the tall tales told. The musical arrangement and the vocal performance are nothing to write home about, but the simplicity and a kind of earnestness that goes into this storyteling caused me to slip into a smiliar mindset as when listening to fables, and it caused the whole album to go by in a flash.
Marty's vocals ride a little close to Sinatra-in-a-bad-way at times, but the instrumentals are impressively clean and Gunfighter Ballads is iconic despite the memetics.
This is great late 50s period music for me. Reminds me of my dad.
Voz e vibe gostosas
as much as I always say I don't like country there's some really nice songs here. Especially the first few on the album plus Master's Call
Because of some video game Steven played. I have a lot of prior exposure to this guy. Only one song. But my love for it carried over.
Unlike the album cover which looks like an image of Marty Robbins printed, cut out and glued poorly to red paper, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs was an authentic well rounded album with interesting lyrics and outlaw imagery. Gives old cowboy tv show vibes. I personally didn't like the kind of background vocals featured but Robbins' lead was decent. The music is nice though works better as a complementary piece to those lyrics. Liked Big Iron and They're Hanging Me Tonight the most.
This is an enjoyable album. Nice story telling.
I enjoyed this album - it's 1950s nostalgia for the Wild West, and Robbins has a smooth voice.
Brilliant. Great voice and you can hear every word. I didn't even know I needed gunfighter ballads in my life. Would have been 5 stars except for bringing ole JC into to tell him that stealing cattle is wrong.
Culturally significant, get me to the nearest saloon.
I’m not old enough for this album to be nostalgic for me but, nevertheless, listening to this has triggered memories of my childhood. Regardless this is a fun album of folksy, cowboy songs. I like it.
Kinda cheezy and goofy, but at the same time, quite enjoyable. Never dared to listen to Marty Robbins before, but heard this album mentioned as being a classic record. More like a guilty pleasure for me. Thanks for the suggestion!
This album is incredible, made even more so by how much the Western genre is largely forgotten under the large umbrella of Country. Songs that tell a story, songs with strong melodies, even if repetitive at times, make this an easy listen. Yes, this is the Western in Country & Western, and not the Country. This distinct difference has fallen out of popularity but what is now considered old Country, particularly Outlaw, seems to be hanging on with artists like Sturgill Simpson. Either way, this is probably an educational listen for so many people and for that reason its inclusion on 1001 is very important. An added bonus is getting to listen to this in stereo, which makes for reconciling hearing something from 1959 sound so good an easy task for the mind.
One has to be in the mood, but a wonderful little slice of American music history. Gunfighter ballads…Marty Robbins laid the groundwork for the greatness of T or NWA? Lol!
It’s weird I’ve heard so many of these. Delightful little ditties about murder.
how delightful, makes me want to listen to Patsy Cline! some of the songs sound a little like early Elvis, leaning into blues territory.
Loved it! All quite samey but found myself singing along and enjoyed listening.
Nothing unique musically for that time, but a fun uplifting listen with deeper lyricism than what country was provided in that period’s mainstream.
This was a great album actually and the sound is excellent, despite its age. Easy to understand lyrics and good tunes all around and super classic country. 7/10.
I dislike that this is the first one cause New vegas
Fun and as expected. Best song is El Paso.
Kende hem niet maar werd er heel vrolijk van. Mooie snik ook.
I suddenly got an urge to watch John Wayne movies and read Lucky Luke. This is peak wild west music only behind Ennio Morricone. Is it something I would listen to again? Maybe. It's a very fun album to listen to.
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought
Like a smirk on the face of an older relative telling you an entertaining story, there's a beautiful contrast between the warmth of the delivery and the subject matter being delivered. You know it's full of embellishments and they know you know, but it doesn't matter. The veracity of the facts aren't the point. The emotional connection to the storyteller is the point.
Classic cowboy folk songs! Star of the show is Big Iron & El Paso.
Delightful throwback to the era of identifiable good guys and bad guys. Will listen to again
Hey, another great discovery. This is a perfect selection for this kind of list because I never would have listened to this otherwise. I don't think I've ever heard a Marty Robbins song, except maybe on a soundtrack somewhere. I loved it. The production is amazing. They really knew how to make records back then. And Robbins isn't just a great singer, but a commanding storyteller as well. I've come to really dig a lot of American music from '58-'62. The stuff you hear in David Lynch movies. It's very uncynical and uncool and kind of wide-eyed and haunting. I love it.