High Noon [1-CD]

High Noon [1-CD]

by Tex Ritter


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The single best collection of Tex Ritter's Capitol recordings isn't quite complete, but it's a lot better than Capitol's own Collector Series release on Ritter, and it's the best listeners are likely ever to see on this extraordinary artist, at least until a boxed set is forthcoming. The 28 songs here include most of the important tracks that he cut for Capitol between 1942-1956, including the ultra-rare 1952 British recording of "High Noon" (bar none, the best version of the song that Ritter ever did, and one that has a very unusual history to it) as well as the undubbed (i.e., drumless) original Capitol release; "Blood On the Saddle," "Jingle, Jangle, Jingle," "Goodbye, My Little Cherokee," the pop-western "Boogie Woogie Cowboy," and Ritter's definitive 1946 version of "Rye Whiskey." The range of styles here is daunting, as Ritter moves from early-'40s pop with a western twang ("Jingle, Jangle, Jingle") through authentic folk material ("Rye Whiskey") and into the western screen mythos -- "Gunsmoke" is unexpectedly beautiful, but so is "Wichita," and Ritter's version of "The Searchers" is the best recording ever done of that Stan Jones movie theme song. There's also one previously unreleased track, Ritter's gorgeous rendition of "When It's Springtime in the Rockies." The notes and the detailed sessionography are up to Bear Family's usual daunting standards of excellence.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156341
catalogNumber: 15634
Rank: 64058

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tex Ritter   Primary Artist,Vocals
Merle Travis   Guitar
Van Alexander   Conductor
Dennis Farnon   Conductor
Harry Geller   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Gerald Fried   Track Performer
Paul Sells   Track Performer
Wesley Tuttle   Guitar
Rex Koury   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Benson Brooks   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Ray Evans   Composer
J.J. Lilley   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Producer
Ken Murray   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Herb Newman   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Dick Rowe   Producer
Guy Logsdon   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Stanley Lebowsky   Composer
Hoffman Nienburg   Artwork
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Glenn Spencer   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Gil George   Composer
Rex Koury   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Johnny Douglas   Director

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