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An essential ingredient of the 1940s black and white westerns, was the cowboy band, typically playing over the opening and closing credits as well as doing a ‘live’ performance built into the story. This collection takes songs from six popular movies from 1947/1948 featuring singing cowboy Eddie Dean (see also BACM CD 69, Dusty Old Saddle). We also include eight tracks of Eddie accompanied by the superb Andy Parker and The Plainsmen. Thanks are due to Andy’s son, Joe, who edited and digitally restored the tracks – continuing his epic work over the decades, archiving and restoring classic Western recordings, preserving an important part of America’s musical heritage for future generations.
No one could accuse us of not trying to ‘Cover all bases’ in our trawls through the historic roots of Country Music! Here are some long lost recordings – from the era when silent movies were on the way out and the movie makers were experimenting with soundtracks to find the right sound to go with their cowboy movies. This was before the explosion of popular Singing Cowboys with the likes of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and some of the early singers featured here had switched from the worlds of opera and musicals. The Fred Scott recordings are especially rare - recovered from an old tape, possibly the only one in the world?