Tex Ritter

Blood on the Saddle

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Blood on the Saddle is a deluxe four-disc box set which collects Tex Ritter's recordings from 1932 to 1947, including his complete ARC and Decca sides, and everything from his first five years at Capitol. Over this period, Ritter progressed from spare, folksy readings of cowboy material to his mellow take on Western swing. Perhaps the earthiest of the singing cowboys, Ritter's rich personality and flair for the dramatic come through on these classic recordings. Hits such as "Jealous Heart" and "There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder" are represented, as well as alternate takes, unreleased songs, and rarities, including a number of recordings for children with spoken intros in the style later adopted by Merle Travis for his folk albums. Tex Ritter's catalog has been under-represented in the CD era, so collectors and serious fans will no doubt be thrilled by this loving presentation of his earliest recordings.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:49
2 3:31
3 2:52
4 2:37
5 2:51
6 2:54
7 3:15
8 3:14
9 2:46
10 2:43
11 2:49
12 3:04
13 3:09
14
2:51
15 2:55
16 2:52
17 2:47
18 2:36
19 3:14
20 3:11
21 2:55
22 2:42
23 2:37
24 2:50
25 3:02
26 2:28
27
2:48

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:35
2 2:32
3 2:32
4 2:28
5 2:33
6 2:37
7 2:40
8 2:24
9 2:27
10 2:47
11 2:36
12
2:29
13 2:47
14 2:57
15 2:41
16 2:35
17 3:00
18 3:02
19 2:48
20 2:47
21 2:56
22 2:49
23 2:51
24 2:38
25 2:52
26 3:02
27 3:00
28 2:36
29 2:44

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:32
2 2:48
3 2:54
4 2:31
5 2:41
6 2:53
7 2:36
8 3:01
9 2:42
10 2:39
11
2:57
12 2:49
13 2:56
14 2:51
15 3:10
16 2:49
17 2:56
18 2:51
19 2:32
20 2:38
21 2:50
22 2:48
23 3:05
24 3:03
25 2:46
26 2:43
27
2:46
28
feat: Eddie Kirk
2:56
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