Home | Audio Reviews |Audiophile Shows | Partner Mags News

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

Riders In The Sky
Silver Jubilee

Review By Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer

Riders In The Sky Silver Jubilee

CD Number: Acoustic Disc ACD 55 

 

  Pulling off a successful musical parody is tough. Keeping the parody going for over twenty-five years is nearly impossible, but Riders In The Sky did just that. Their longevity stems from their love of what they parody – Western country music as epitomized by Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, The Sons Of The Pioneers, Tex Ritter, and a host of other almost forgotten cowboy B-movie heros. When Riders in the Sky sing "I want to drink my java from an old tin can, while the moon is riding high..." you believe them.

If you've never heard the Riders in the Sky, you're in for a delightful surprise. Silver Jubilee serves as the ultimate "greatest hits" anthology of their extensive back catalog. Along with cowboy classics such as "Cool Water," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," La Malaguena," "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Ringo," "Blue Mountain Skies," "Rawhide," and "Texas Plains," you'll hear some of their best comedy routines such as "Sidekick Heaven," "Phantom of the Chuckwagon," and "Salting of the Slug."

Every time I listen to the Riders I'm struck by not only their good humor, but also by their musical precision. Their spot-on three and four-part vocal harmonies combined with authentic yet innovative arrangements topped off by seriously hot instrumental solos completely floor me. These guys are just too good. As if their music wasn't enough, the Riders of the Sky have developed a unique stage presence. Each member, Joey the Cowpolka King, Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, and Too Slim, have a unique personality.  It's not just fancy cowboy drag, but their complete embrace of the archetypes and clichés that complete their multidimensional theatrical presentation.

I don't care how cool, how outré, how bleeding edge your musical tastes may be, if you don't like Riders in the Sky you're a square. Not "getting" the Rider's music means you don't understand what makes America's musical heritage special. Yes, you need this CD if only for those days when that little black cloud over your head threatens to expand to fill your horizons. Even a single dose of this two disk CD will shoo away your blues like tumbleweed on a windy day.

 

Enjoyment:

Sound Quality:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

 

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

 

Videos
Enjoy the Music.TV

 

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Show Reports
The HiFi Summit Q2 2021
T.H.E. Show 2021 Report
The HiFi Summit Q4 2020
The HiFi Summit Q2 2020
Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report 2020
Florida Audio Expo 2020 Show Report
New York Audio Show 2019 Report
Capital Audiofest 2019 Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) 2019
High End Munich 2019 Show Report
AXPONA 2019 Show Report
Zagreb AV Show Report 2019
CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report
Salon Audio Montreal Audio Fest 2019
Click here for previous shows.

 

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

 

Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

 

Partner Print Magazines
audioXpress
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

 

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

 

Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

 

 

    

Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us

 

All contents copyright©  1995 - 2021  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.