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The country singer Marty Robbins' instincts for survival, which may have been honed by an abusive early family life, repeatedly surface in this best-of in the form of some wildly differing stylistic changes. Beginning with straight-ahead country & western songs, like the early-1950s Hank Williams-influenced "Tomorrow You'll Be Gone" and his first hit, "I'll Go on Alone", this extensive two-CD compilation spans the intriguingly Western swing-tinged 1955 version of Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right", and a rockabilly "Maybellene" that returns the former "Ida Red" to its country roots, while the rocking "Tennessee Toddy" ("She was long and lean like a green string bean..".) stands in sharp contrast to the later saccharine country pop of "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation".
Robbins' lifelong infatuation with the old West gained him many hits, notably the beyond-the-grave ballad "El Paso", and made his the quintessential voice of cowboy music, represented here by songs like "Ghost Riders in the Sky". His pretty-yet-menacing "Devil Woman" is a skilful blend of country and pop, with a trace of calypso, and the subtly poignant "El Paso City" is a mariachi-laced, late-period visit to the scene of one of his best-known songs.

Track Listings
Discs 1
1)Tomorrow You'll Be Gone
2)I'll Go On Alone
4)Tennessee Toddy
5)I Can't Quit
6)Singin' The Blues
7)Knee Deep In The Blues
8)Mister Teardrop
9)Story Of My Life
10)White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)
11)She Was Only Seventeen (And He Was One Year More)
12)Just Married
13)Ain't I The Lucky One
14)Kaw Liga
15)Hangin' Tree
16)El Paso
17)Big Iron
18)Song Of The Bandit
19)Cool Water
20)Little Sentimental
21)September In The Rain
22)All The Way
23)Unchained Melody
24)Don't Worry
25)Devil Woman
26)Ruby Ann
27)Smokin' Cigarettes And Drinkin' Coffee Blues
28)I'm Gonna Be A Cowboy
29)Ghost Riders In The Sky
30)San Angelo
31)Man Walks Among Us
32)Beautiful Dreamer
33)Beyond The Reef
34)Hawaiian Wedding Song
35)Yours (Quiereme Mucho)
36)Tonight Carmen
37)Ribbons Of Darkness
39)Hello Heartache
40)Begging To You
41)I Walk Alone
42)You Gave Me A Mountain
43)My Woman My Woman My Wife
44)Among My Souvenirs
45)Return To Me
46)Some Memories Just Won't Die
47)El Paso City

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