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Album Review

The most perfect collection of the Sons of the Pioneers' early work — which is their best work — available, 16 songs, half of which were recorded during the early and mid-'30s by the original group of Bob Nolan, Tim Spencer, Roy Rogers (then known as Leonard Slye), Lloyd Perryman, and Hugh and Karl Farr. No collection of theirs could open with anything stronger than the first two songs the Pioneers ever cut, "Way Out There" and the original, never-to-be-duplicated version of "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." They and the original version of "Cool Water" all rely on the Pioneers' three-part harmonies and their own instruments (acoustic guitars, fiddle, upright bass), sounding like musical gold pouring out of a portal from another age. Some of the songs are topical and, in their way, rather poignant reminders of the Great Depression, such as "When Our Old Age Pension Check Comes to Our Door." Other highlights include "There's a Round-Up in the Sky," "Ride Ranger Ride," "Private Buckaroo" (a topical song about World War II), "When the Moon Comes Over Sun Valley," and one previously unreleased gospel gem from their 1954 stay at Coral Records, "Somebody Bigger Than You and I."

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great old stuff

this is a very interesting album. many of the tracks are very old originals - going back farther than most other collections - some pieces I have not heard anywhere else - this goes back to the time when cowboy music was sung by real cowboys !!! well worth picking up


This is a great album!!! Worth every penny!!!!


Formed: 1934 in Central Valley, CA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The Sons of the Pioneers were the foremost vocal and instrumental group in western music, and the definitive group specializing in cowboy songs, setting the standard for every group that has come since. They were also one of the longest-surviving country music vocal groups in existence, going into their seventh decade. More important than their longevity, however, the greatest achievement of the Sons of the Pioneers lay with the sheer quality of their work. Their superb harmonies and brilliant arrangements...
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