Bonanza: A Ponderosa Party

Bonanza: A Ponderosa Party


Bonanza was the quintessential Western television series. It told the story of a family led by ranch owner Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene), who had sired three sons: introspective, intellectual Adam (Pernell Roberts), hulking, good-natured "Hoss" (Dan Blocker), and volatile, handsome Little Joe (Michael Landon). When Bonanza first went on the air, it was common practice to get the stars of hit series to expand into other areas, especially recording. Disc One opens with Ponderosa Party Time, the first Bonanza album, which is contrived and sometimes silly but always lively. It features country and folk songs with Greene, Landon, Roberts, and Blocker all singing in character. The material here isn't far removed from the sort of records that Gene Autry used to make for his movies, except that none of these guys is as good a singer as Autry. Lorne Greene's American West, which makes up the first part of Disc Two, is a pretty good record; Welcome to the Ponderosa fills out the rest of the disc. Disc Three is made up of Greene's Portrait of the West and Lorne Greene: The Man albums. These are more western songs, traditional pieces interspersed among modern songs, but both are more elaborately produced than the two previous records. Not all of it works, but it is fun, and livelier than Welcome to the Ponderosa. Pernell Roberts' Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies opens Disc Four; it's a pleasant folk album, using mostly traditional or traditional-type material. He sings in a pleasant, rich baritone that makes this the strongest of the eight albums included here. Dan Blocker's 1963 album Our Heritage, recorded with singer/actor John Mitchum, fills out Disc Four. This was a story-and-song celebration of American history, with the folksy, pleasing Blocker telling the stories and Mitchum singing.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156846
catalogNumber: 15684


Disc 1

  1. Bonanza
  2. Sourwood Mountain
  3. Sky Ball Paint
  4. Early One Morning
  5. Ponderosa
  6. Careless Love
  7. Skip to My Lou
  8. In the Pines
  9. Happy Birthday
  10. My Sons, My Sons
  11. The Hangin' Blues
  12. Shenandoah
  13. Miss Cindy
  14. The Place Where I Worship
  15. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  16. Deck the Halls
  17. The New Born King
  18. Story: the First Christmas Trees
  19. Oh Fir Tree Dear
  20. Christmas Is A-Comin'
  21. O Come All Ye Faithful
  22. Jingle Bells
  23. Santa Got Lost in Texas
  24. Stuck in the Chimney
  25. Story: Why We Light Candles on the Christmas Trees
  26. Merry Christmas Neighbor
  27. Merry Christmas and Goodnight

Disc 2

  1. Introduction: Bonanza
  2. Introduction: Alamo
  3. Introduction: Pony Express
  4. An Ol' Tin Cup (And a Battered Ol' Coffee Pot)
  5. Introduction: Endless Prairie
  6. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
  7. Introduction: Ringo
  8. Introduction: Blue Guitar
  9. Introduction: Sand
  10. Introduction: Saga of the Ponderosa
  11. Five Card Stud
  12. Cool Water
  13. The Devil's Grin
  14. Pretty Horses
  15. Devil Cat
  16. The Ol' Chilsholm Trail
  17. Wagon Wheels
  18. Frightened Town
  19. Shadow of the Cactus
  20. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  21. Gold
  22. Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo

Disc 3

  1. The Search
  2. Dig, Dig, Dig, Dig (There's No More Water in the Well)
  3. Ol' Cyclone
  4. Twilight on the Trail
  5. Geronimo
  6. Mule Train
  7. I'm a Gun
  8. Gunslinger's Prayer
  9. Nellie Cole
  10. Home on the Range
  11. Virginia Town
  12. The Place Where I Worship
  13. Introduction: Pop Goes the Hammer
  14. Introduction: End of the Track
  15. Nine Pound Hammer
  16. Introduction: Bring on the Dancin' Girls
  17. Introduction: Oh! What a Town
  18. Introduction: Fourteen Man
  19. Introduction: Destiny
  20. Introduction: Sixteen Tons
  21. Introduction: Trouble Now
  22. Introduction: Chickasaw Mountain
  23. Introduction: Darling, My Darling
  24. Introduction: the Man
  25. Ringo
  26. Du Sable (Sand)

Disc 4

  1. The Bold Soldier
  2. Mary Ann
  3. They Call the Wind Maria
  4. Roll out, Heave That Cotton!
  5. Lily of the West
  6. The Water Is Wide
  7. Rake and a Ramblin' Boy
  8. A Quiet Girl
  9. Shady Grove
  10. Alberta
  11. Empty Pocket Blues
  12. Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies
  13. Springfield Mountain
  14. Roll Out, Heave That Cotton!
  15. The Battle Hymn of the Republic
  16. The Erie Canal
  17. Paiute Sunrise Chant
  18. Charles: Steal Away/He Never Said a Mumblin' Word

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Maphis   Guitar
Frank Capp   Drums,Mallets
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Shelly Manne   Mallets
Pete Jolly   Piano,Harpsichord
Ray Linn   Actor
Viola   Guitar
Claude Williamson   Piano
John Gray   Guitar
Don Ralke   Leader
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Julius Wechter   Percussion,Mallets
David Gates   Guitar
Anita Kerr   Leader
Tommy Edwards   Harmonica
Lorne Greene   Vocals
Dan Blocker   Vocals
Sue Allen   Vocals
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Hal Blair   Mallets
Perry Botkin   Leader
Ray Brown   Bass
Bill Brown   Vocals
Bobby Bruce   Fiddle
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Evangeline Carmichael   Vocals
Jack Cave   French Horn
Peggy Clark   Vocals
Ervan Coleman   Guitar
Gary Coleman   Percussion,Vibes
Ralph Collier   Percussion
Morty Corb   Bass
Irving Cottler   Drums
John Cyr   Mallets
Harold Diner   Trombone
George Fields   Harmonica
Frank Flynn   Percussion
Benny Gill   Violin
Maurice Harris   Trumpet
Ron Hicklin   Vocals
Milt Holland   Drums
Jimmy Joyce   Vocals
Carol Kaye   Guitar
William (Billy) Lee   Vocals
Neil Levang   Guitar
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Dick Nash   Trombone
Ernest Ernie Newton   Vocals
Loulie Jean Norman   Vocals
Ricky Page   Vocals
Richard Perissi   Horn
George Price   French Horn
Emil Radocchia   Percussion,Timpani,Mallets
Thurl Ravenscroft   Vocals
Allan Reuss   Banjo,Guitar
Vern Rowe   Vocals
Jack Sperling   Percussion
Sally Stevens   Vocals
Alvin Stoller   Mallets
Paul Tanner   Trombone
George Tipton   Vocals
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Jackie Ward   Vocals
Vincent DeRosa   Horn,French Horn
Alton Hendrickson   Guitar
Ian Freebairn-Smith   Vocals
Gene Garf   Organ,Piano
Gail Martin   Trombone
Sally Sweetland   Vocals
Johnny Halliburton   Trombone
Alan Davies   Vocals
Jay Meyer   Vocals
Bob Tebow   Vocals
Karl de Karske   Trombone
Jack Halloran   Vocals
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
John Mitchum   Vocals
Robert Florence   Piano
Howard Heitmeyer   Guitar
Bill Kanady   Vocals
Randall Shepard   Vocals
Paul Sjolund   Vocals
Paul Bergen   Vocals
Betty Allen   Vocals
Betty Jane Baker   Vocals
Louis Singer   Percussion,Timpani,Mallets
Ada Beth Lee   Vocals
Marie Vernon   Actress
Pernell Roberts   Track Performer
Betty Noyes   Vocals
Paul Ely   Vocals
Ken Darby Singers   Track Performer
Michael Landon   Track Performer
Donald Robertson   Piano
Louis Morell   Guitar
William Hinshaw   Horn,French Horn

Technical Credits

Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Anita Kerr   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Larry Fotine   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Fred Glickman   Composer
Wally Gold   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
Martha E. Koenig   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Neely Plumb   Reissue Producer
Billy Sherrill   Composer
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Darol Rice   Composer,Reissue Producer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Cliff Crofford   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Bob Nolan   Composer
Bruce Hailstalk   Tape Research
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Gerd Weiler   Artwork
John Mitchum   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
Larry Zwisohn   Illustrations
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Max Rich   Composer
Alan Riggs   Composer
Earl Shuman   Composer
Carl Spencer   Composer
Frank Stanton   Composer
Mitchell Tableporter   Composer
Leon Carr   Composer
Ned Fairchild   Composer
Goodhart   Composer
Pernell Roberts   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mildred Hill   Composer
Patty Smith Hill   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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