This album and its companion, On the trail again, contain all Frankie's classic recordings of western songs, including several television themes. Frankie often re-recorded songs and some songs appear on both compilations but in such cases they are always different recordings.
High noon the movie featured Tex Ritter’s version of the title song, but it was Frankie Laine who had the biggest hit with the song. Other famous songs here are Cool water, Mule train, Along the Navajo trail, Rawhide, North to Alaska, Tumbling tumbleweeds and Ghost riders in the sky. There is much more to this collection than just the famous tracks, great though Frankie sings them. Just listen to some of the others, including Cry of the wild goose, Gunslinger and Prairie bell.
As with the companion volume that I reviewed a long time ago, my only complaint is the liner notes. Bear Family are usually impeccable, but the notes here, while interesting, look as if they were written for a different album, as most of the songs mentioned are not included on the CD, while little is said about the songs that are actually here, except the recording information. Still, it’s the music that counts and the quality of the re-mastering is clearly up to Bear Family’s customary standard.
Together with the companion volume On the trail, this demonstrates that Frankie was a great singer of western songs.