Bonanza / O.S.T. (Box)

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Review Text 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. ~ Bruce Eder

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Bonanza - 1:16
  2. 2. Sourwood Mountain - 2:27
  3. 3. Sky Ball Paint - 3:37
  4. 4. Early One Morning - 3:38
  5. 5. Ponderosa - 2:38
  6. 6. Careless Love - 3:05
  7. 7. Skip to My Lou - 2:18
  8. 8. In the Pines - 3:06
  9. 9. Happy Birthday - 1:10
  10. 10. My Sons, My Sons - 3:42
  11. 11. Hangin' Blues - 2:12
  12. 12. Shenandoah - 2:11
  13. 13. Miss Cindy - 3:01
  14. 14. Place Where I Worship - 4:09
  15. 15. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - 2:40
  16. 16. Deck the Halls - 3:32
  17. 17. New Born King - 3:29
  18. 18. Story: The First Christmas Trees - 2:41
  19. 19. Oh Fir Tree Dear - 3:50
  20. 20. Christmas Is A-Comin' - 3:57
  21. 21. O Come All Ye Faithful - 2:30
  22. 22. Jingle Bells - 1:18
  23. 23. Santa Got Lost in Texas - 3:38
  24. 24. Stuck in the Chimney - 1:24
  25. 25. Story: Why We Light Candles on the Christmas Trees - 4:44
  26. 26. Merry Christmas Neighbor - 2:53
  27. 27. Merry Christmas and Goodnight - 1:25

CD: 2

  1. 28. Introduction: Bonanza - 2:07
  2. 29. Introduction: Alamo - 3:11
  3. 30. Introduction: Pony Express - 2:55
  4. 31. Ol' Tin Cup (And a Battered Ol' Coffee Pot) - 3:51
  5. 32. Introduction: Endless Prairie - 3:14
  6. 33. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky - 2:27
  7. 34. Introduction: Ringo - 4:34
  8. 35. Introduction: Blue Guitar - 3:05
  9. 36. Introduction: Sand - 2:12
  10. 37. Introduction: Saga of the Ponderosa - 6:00
  11. 38. Five Card Stud - 3:59
  12. 39. Cool Water - 3:50
  13. 40. Devil's Grin - 2:08
  14. 41. Pretty Horses - 2:50
  15. 42. Devil Cat - 3:48
  16. 43. Ol' Chilsholm Trail - 3:34
  17. 44. Wagon Wheels - 3:15
  18. 45. Frightened Town - 3:22
  19. 46. Shadow of the Cactus - 3:39
  20. 47. Tumbling Tumbleweeds - 3:42
  21. 48. Gold - 2:59
  22. 49. Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo - 2:53

CD: 3

  1. 50. Search - 3:17
  2. 51. Dig, Dig, Dig, Dig (There's No More Water in the Well) - 2:12
  3. 52. Ol' Cyclone - 3:38
  4. 53. Twilight on the Trail - 2:24
  5. 54. Geronimo - 3:46
  6. 55. Mule Train - 2:11
  7. 56. I'm a Gun - 4:34
  8. 57. Gunslinger's Prayer - 3:31
  9. 58. Nellie Cole - 3:10
  10. 59. Home on the Range - 3:02
  11. 60. Virginia Town - 2:04
  12. 61. Place Where I Worship - 4:51
  13. 62. Introduction: Pop Goes the Hammer - 3:07
  14. 63. Introduction: End of the Track - 2:28
  15. 64. Nine Pound Hammer - 3:37
  16. 65. Introduction: Bring on the Dancin' Girls - 2:17
  17. 66. Introduction: Oh! What a Town - 3:08
  18. 67. Introduction: Fourteen Man - 3:41
  19. 68. Introduction: Destiny - 3:56
  20. 69. Introduction: Sixteen Tons - 3:13
  21. 70. Introduction: Trouble Now - 4:31
  22. 71. Introduction: Chickasaw Mountain - 2:58
  23. 72. Introduction: Darling, My Darling - 3:22
  24. 73. Introduction: The Man - 3:09
  25. 74. Ringo - 4:49
  26. 75. Sable (Sand) - 2:15

CD: 4

  1. 76. Bold Soldier - 2:13
  2. 77. Mary Ann - 3:57
  3. 78. They Call the Wind Maria - 3:59
  4. 79. Roll Out, Heave That Cotton! - 4:46
  5. 80. Lily of the West - 3:48
  6. 81. Water Is Wide - 4:30
  7. 82. Rake and a Ramblin' Boy - 3:37
  8. 83. Quiet Girl - 2:26
  9. 84. Shady Grove - 2:47
  10. 85. Alberta - 4:45
  11. 86. Empty Pocket Blues - 2:18
  12. 87. Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies - 3:19
  13. 88. Springfield Mountain - 2:59
  14. 89. Roll Out, Heave That Cotton! - 3:54
  15. 90. Battle Hymn of the Republic - 8:57
  16. 91. Erie Canal - 3:39
  17. 92. Paiute Sunrise Chant - 3:23
  18. 93. Charles: Steal Away/He Never Said a Mumblin' Word - 9:24

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6/28/94 

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