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The Wonder of It All


 Audio CD (2011)

 Format: one CD

 Label: High Country Recording Studios


        "Back in the early 1990s, when most artists were still making cassettes, Robert Wagoner recorded a remarkably good one titled The Wonder of It All. Now, he has put it on CD! Robert is a master painter of western scenes, and one of his paintings adorns the CD's cover. He learned very early how to record music alone in his workshop, high in the sierras, making it sound like a group. He has a vocal range of four octaves, bass through tenor, and sings all the parts with ease. The "sound" on this album is wonderful.

        "The album's title cut is a Bob Nolan composition that Nolan never got around to completing. Nolan and Wagoner were friends and Nolan's daughter asked Robert to compose the melody when she discovered the lyrics after Bob Nolan's death. It's a treasure, but another of my favorite cuts is Rusty Richards' composition "Lure of the Wilderness". The theme of the CD might be termed "western inspirational" with titles like "The Flowers, The Sunset, The Trees", "Rim of the Canyon", "My Cathedral", "Call of the Faraway Hills" (theme from Shane), and Ken Carson's "The Wondrous Word" among the 16 cuts on the disc.

        "Wagoner's own composition, "High Country", is included, as is "Old Folks", composed by the legendary Billy Hill's wife, along with "The Red Hills of Utah", from the pen of Marty Robbins. This is one you won't want to miss! Online from www.BostonPete.com or $15 directly from Robert Wagoner, PO Box 213, Bishop, CA 93515." (review by O J Sikes)