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Rex Allen, occasionally listed under the title Collector's Edition, consists of a dozen radio transcriptions from the '40s, although they are not identified as such. A few of these recordings have appeared on other collections of Allen's transcriptions, such as Jasmine Records' Riding All Day and Soundies' The Last of the Great Singing Cowboys, but the sound quality on this CD is superior, with greater definition and presence. The downside is its brevity, since this package offers half as much material as those other titles, although there is not enough overlap between the three to discourage serious fans from buying them all. The program consists of Western standards, and the liner notes are surprisingly lengthy for a budget-line release.


Born: 31 December 1922 in Wilcox, AZ

Genre: Traditional Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Better-known as the Arizona Cowboy, Rex Allen was the last of Hollywood's singing cowboys. Between 1950 and 1954, Allen starred in 19 movies for Republic studios. The films launched a popular recording career for Allen, as he had several hit singles and albums in the early '50s, before the singing cowboys slowly disappeared from the charts. The son of a fiddle player, Rex Allen was given his first guitar when he was 11 years old; his father intended Rex to support him at dances. Shortly afterwards,...
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