High Noon

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Anyone who's heard High Noon on a good night knows that the Austin, TX, trio is one of the best things going on the rockabilly revival scene. This album shows the three at the earliest stages of their development, playing good old-time rockabilly and already playing it extremely well. Twelve of the 16 cuts are Mencher/Young originals, and their range is striking: Everly Brothers harmonies, sinister Johnny Kidd riffs, Ray Price -- each song reveals a new facet of their personality, not in transparent ways but subtly, in the beat, bassline, or Shaun Young's singing. Five rowdy live tracks from 1991 are a nice bonus.

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