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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67516
Recording details: November 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2005
Total duration: 3 minutes 32 seconds

Charlie Rutlage
First line:
Another good cowpuncher has gone to meet his fate
composer
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Charlie Rutlage is undated in 114 Songs – but the text comes from the 1920 edition of Cowboy Songs collected by John A Lomax. It was presumed anonymous at that time, but in the 1938 edition Lomax ascribed it to one D J ‘Kid’ O’Malley. The cowboy heaven is one of Ives’s many variations on musical evocations of the afterlife. But the stylistic range of this song far outstrips the normal requirements of a cowboy ballad, with its fanfares, clusters played with fists, and rhythmicized speech.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005

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