Tex Ritter

High Noon [1-CD]

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High Noon is the second four-disc box set in Bear Family's revival of Tex Ritter's complete recordings. Picking up where the previous set, Blood on the Saddle, left off, High Noon covers the years 1947-1954, and includes every recording Ritter made for Capitol during that period. The set contains all four versions of the song "High Noon" and the hits "Deck of Cards," "Pecos Bill," "Rock and Rye," and "Daddy's Last Letter." Rather than presenting the material in strict chronological order as Bear Family often does, the set is organized thematically, with Ritter's country, western, and pop recordings on the first two discs, patriotic and religious songs on the third, and children's songs on the fourth. The children's songs are entertaining for listeners of all ages, since Ritter's charismatic performances are funny and unique. The range of material on High Noon is extremely eclectic and not always western in orientation, but Ritter was a true original who richly deserves the deluxe treatment.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:30
2
feat: Paul Sells
2:59
3 2:48
4 2:42
5 3:09
6 2:07
7 2:27
8 3:10
9 2:44
10 2:42
11 2:18
12 3:05
13 2:49
14 3:17
15 2:06
16 2:36
17
feat: Rex Koury
2:49
18
feat: Rex Koury
2:53
19 1:49
20 2:28
21
2:09
22 2:44
23 2:27
24
feat: Gerald Fried
4:37
25 2:46
26 2:38
27 2:27
28 2:43
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