Slim Whitman | Twilight on the Trail

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Twilight on the Trail

by Slim Whitman

All new album by one of the most distinctive voices in music! If you like Western music and Slim Whitman, you will love this C.D.!!!
Genre: Country: Western
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1. Back In the Saddle Again
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2:45 album only
2. Blue Shadows On the Trail
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2:59 album only
3. Boots And Saddles
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3:41 album only
4. Ridin' Down the Arizona Trail
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2:54 album only
5. Happy Rovin' Cowboy
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1:53 album only
6. River of No Return
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2:23 album only
7. My Little Buckaroo
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3:00 album only
8. Ragtime Cowboy Joe
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2:19 album only
9. Twilight On the Trail
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2:38 album only
10. Empty Saddles In Old Coral
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2:52 album only
11. Happy Trails
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2:24 album only
12. Golden Lariat
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2:32 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album has been in the works for eight years. His many fans have been wondering if it would actually happen,so it brings us great pleasure to have completed it! It was recorded at Hilltop Studios in Nashville TN. The very cream of Studio Musicians were used( Harold Bradley, Ron Oates, Jimmy Capps, Bob Mater,Jon Kornau, Andy Reiss, and Weldon Myrick).The production is superb and the track "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" features son Byron! We hope you enjoy this album as much as we did making it!


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Paul Hazell

Ol' Slim's done It Again!
When Colonel Tom Parker arranged for Slim Whitman cut his first commercial recordings back in 1948 I'll bet no-one - including Slim - envisaged that he would still be recording over six decades later!! Yet here we have the latest album - and the first new recordings for several years - and he sounds as at home in the studo as he always did.

Despite being billed as "The World's Greatest Cowboy" when he first visited the UK in the 1950s, Slim was never a cowboy and has never ridden a horse. He has however always been closely associated with standards and much-loved favourites and amongst those have been some classic western standards like "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "There's A Goldmine In the Sky", "Cattle Call" and "Cool Water". Yet despite this, Slim had never recorded an album of "singing cowboy" favourites - until now.

If I had to criticise anything about this album it would be the lack of a decent up-to-date picture of Slim and any detailed background liner notes. If those notes were there, I suspect that they would tell you that this album was inspired by Jerry Whitman, Slim's devoted wife of some 67 years, who sadly passed away in 2009. Jerry was a big fan of Gene Autry and was partly responsible for Slim recording several songs associated with Autry through the years. "Back In The Saddle Again" was one that he never recorded but often performed on stage. She made him promise to record an all-western album and now he has been true to his word and included "Back In The Saddle".

So how has the voice fared over the years? Well I would say that Slim at 86 years old sounds better than many half his age - or even a third!! Slim sings here in slightly lower key than 10, 20, 30 or 40 years ago but still has that easy, crooning quality that surprises you once in a while when he slips effortlessly into the famous Whitman falsetto. Slim loves these old songs and that love shines through as he delivers his personal interpretation of each of the 12 numbers on this album. The voice is warm and has an intimate quality, sounding at once melodic yet lived-in.

The musicians are mentioned elsewhere in these reviews and I endorse what has been said; it is superb musicianship throughout. Special mention must be made of Weldon Myrick's superb steel guitar that effectively transports the listener back to those wonderful old Whitman LPs of the 50s and 60s. The production is excellent throughout - Slim's voice is out to the fore and the accompanying voices are never overpowering but provide just the right degree of support. I understand that Slim's son Byron had a major role in the production; on this evidence he could make a living at it. He also sings an uncredited duet with dad on "Ragtime Cowboy Joe". Byron is a highly versatile singer, songwriter and musician in his own right.

Slim told me with tongue in cheek that he feared he would be mistaken for Gene Autry if he sang "Back In The Saddle Again" - Autry's theme tune - so he added "the lick" - the famous voice break - into the song so that everyone could tell it was Slim. Well, it could only be Slim Whitman - he didn't need to add the lick to prove it - but I'm glad he did! He is the master of the technique, even today.

"River Of No Return" is dedicated to Jerry - although the notes don't say so - and Slim's reading of Wilf Carter's "Golden Lariat" will bring a lump to your throat. The story of an old cowboy who knows he's at the end of the trail of life, he looks forward to being reunited with old friends, along with his pony "and a golden lariat". Slim has personalised the number and made it his own - he even refers to "the boss, SHE tells me that we're growing old" - a reference to Jerry.

I'd like to think that ol' Slim has a lot more to do on this earth before he thinks about his golden lariat. This album is destined to become a classic and will be loved for years to come. Let us hope that Slim will be inspired to record more - the voice is still great, he is in good health and there are hundreds of these old songs just begging for the Whitman treatment.

You can buy this album with confidence - as a download or on CD. The voice is good, the instrumentation and accompaniment are at once contemporary yet traditional, the production is first class and every song is a much-loved classic. Amazingly, the CD version has only limited availability. It should be on a major label. After all, Slim's biggest following has always been in the UK and he stuill has thousands of fans there, yet it is only available there as a download. It is good to see the album on CDBaby so that fans around the world can have it shipped.

Slim, don't put the guitar away yet, let's have more of this fare - and see if you can rustle us up a yodel or two for the next album!!! Wonderful stuff!! Highly recommended.

Frans van Zuiden

My one time favorite country singer
It was about early fifties could write and read. I set down on the Rose Marie/We stood at the altar. Slim Whitman; London label from Holland. It was broken, had to buy a new one for my mother; who's first Name was Marie. In later Year he came more and more one of my favorite artists. This record is still in my music collection. Visited 1990, 1993 and 2002 England , to see and hear him singing with his son Byron too. Each time we were there with members from SWAS Holland from Oss/SWAS Great Britain from Bristol 1990-Joined as member 1990-1999. Mr. Rien van Rooij past away last Year.joined as a member his fanclub between 1989 until 2003. More than 60 lp albums [including 6 lp set], 3 78 rpm and 4 45 rpm records including I"ll Walk With God, 4 MC's, about 40 1-cds, 2 2-cd sets, 1 3-cd set Reader's Digest, Rose Marie 6 cd box, I'm a lonely Wanderer 6-cd box, als one MC and CD from his son Byron. So one can say I'm a big fan of Slim Whitman. Got this album from a good friend of mine.

Country greatings,
Frans van Zuiden/Netherlands

Edward Tsyitee

Slim Whitman Twilight ON THE TRAIL
After taking out my cd, which had been polished 50 times by the wonderful employees of cdbaby, I was not disapointed by the quality of Slim's voice. He sounds wonderful. His rendition of Happy Trails reminds me of Roy and the days of my yputh. To all the folks who had a hand in the making of this cd, my hat is off to you. Each track is great to listen to. I do rate this a 5.

Henry Spiken

Slim Whitman
This cd of Slim singing Twilight on the Trail is a great release, It is a must for anyone who enjoys country music, Also a must for every Whitman fan around the world.
Also the service I recieved was excellent, Thank you.

Stephen Reed

How does he do it?
When I learned of Slim Whitman’s latest album ‘Twilight On The Trail’ I purchased the MP3 download within minutes. What a wonderful album this is! Slim is amazing. His voice at 86 years of age does not sound any different from his previous album release of a few years back. The clarity, smoothness, style, voice control plus the famous Whitman voice break falsetto is all included and done to perfection. There is something about Slim Whitman. When listening to other artists and then a Slim Whitman song he sounds just so much more professional. This album is no exception. The opening track is ‘Back In The Saddle Again’ and after receiving the Whitman touch this song may become known forever as another Whitman classic! ‘Twilight On The Trail’ contains 12 tracks and all of them are exceptional quality. The album I understand was produced by Byron Whitman and includes Harold Bradley on guitar. I purchased the MP3 downloads and also ordered the cd release version to add to my Whitman collection. I do hope we are lucky enough for more Slim Whitman albums in the near future. “Twilight On The Trail’ has been a highlight of the year for me!!

susan harrison

Brilliant
A long time coming but well worth the wait, Slim in excellent voice delivering these western /country songs in the well known Slim way,and at the age of 86! Country fans,Slim fans this is a must buy cd now !!

Gray West

Incredible!!
This cd is so good that I feel I must be imagining it! Unbelievable at 86 years of age that Slim has recorded one of his best cd's ever! Son Byron's production is masterful and returns Slim to his old singing guitar sound mixed in with some new contemporary gems! Thanks Slim, I don't know how you do it , but I'm eagerly awaiting your next release!!!!! You're not getting older, you're getting better.

Loren R. Knapp

THE CLASSIC SLIM WHITMAN!
I'm listening to my CD from CD Universe as I type. This is Slim's 103rd CD. Not bad...a gem. The Golden Lariat is great...an old Cowboy singing to his aging horse who is faulty in his step...and he can't swing his lasso anymore. It ends on that heart wrenching little falsetto cry that only Slim Whitman can do. Buy this you won't be sorry.