Friday, May 06, 2011

The Greatest Western Themes

This week while I was cruising through my vinyl collection and looking for the next album I wanted to rip, I came across this album residing in my soundtracks section. Not sure where it came from. It might have been in the Mrs.' collection or maybe I picked it up when I was at a friends house going through his extra albums. I thought hey this looks good. As I was ripping The Greatest Western Themes and getting the info I realized it was a K-Tel record. Sort of. On the back it says a K-Tel release but on the vinyl it says Era Records presents. Well it seems Era Records was started in 1955 as a pop, country and jazz label. In the mid 70's the Era Records label and back catalogue was sold to K-Tel. The once-proud Era name was soon subjected to the indignity of being an outlet for bogus versions of rock and roll hits re-recorded by "at least one member of the original group." That is all I can find out about this album. These are not the original versions of these classic western tunes, although whoever did these covers did a very good job and it's quite an enjoyable listen, bringing back lots of memories. Although the original composers are credited on the back of the album, there is no mention of who actually recorded the versions on this album. A lot of times if it wasn't the original artist it would say somewhere, as recorded by the "doo wop singers" or some such group. As a result I had to tag it as unknown artists. The album is in pristine condition and if anyone might have some additional info about it I would be curious to know more.  This version of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly is quite different but it's a good listen nonetheless.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
The Magnificent Seven
Funny Toon


Anonymous said...

Hi HC. All I can find is that it is by various artists. There is an album of the same name by the Billy Strange orchestra but with an altogether different sound. Black and white kitties rule.

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