The Norman Luboff Choir - Songs Of The West [Columbia Records CS 8329] (1955)

Dynamic Range Released: 1955
Country: US
Label: Columbia Records
Catalog: CS 8329
Genre: Country, Folk, Choral

Item# SR-COCS8329
Ratings: C=VG; LP=VG

Note: 1960 Stereo Reissue

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
02 The Old Chisholm Trail
03 Red River Valley
04 Whoopie Ti Yi Yo
05 Doney Gal
06 Tumbling Tumbleweeds
07 Poor Lonesome Cowboy
08 Colorado Trail
09 I Ride An Old Paint
10 Night Herding Song
11 Cool Water
12 Streets Of Laredo
13 Home On The Range

Songs Of The West
The Norman Luboff Choir

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Album Review

Greg Adams []

The Norman Luboff Choir was considered, in some quarters, the best chorus in Hollywood, and Songs of the West is one of its earliest albums. The record was a commercial success and earned the choir's leader the tongue-in-cheek nickname ''Hopalong Luboff.'' The unusual album cover pictures a cattle drive in a Western vista with no text whatsoever. All of the songs are Western classics performed with minimal instrumentation and the chorus' big vocal sound that, even on Western material, is more similar to the Robert Shaw Chorale than the Sons of the Pioneers. The Norman Luboff Choir takes a less stilted approach than Shaw's chorale, though, which makes its music more accessible though somewhat somber. Songs of the West is a beautifully performed album for Western music lovers, and ranks with Reverie as one of the choir's finest albums.