Bonanza: A Ponderosa Party

Bonanza: A Ponderosa Party


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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 wasSee more details below


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.

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Disc 1

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

Disc 2

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

Disc 3

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

Disc 4

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

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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
William Hinshaw   Horn,French Horn
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

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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