My Rifle, My Pony and Me

My Rifle, My Pony and Me

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There is astonishingly little overlap between this 26-song collection, consisting of songs from various western movie and television soundtracks, and other, rival domestic releases. As usual, Bear Family has done its best to gather together the best and most unusual of this material -- a promotional-only single of Ricky Nelson and

Overview

There is astonishingly little overlap between this 26-song collection, consisting of songs from various western movie and television soundtracks, and other, rival domestic releases. As usual, Bear Family has done its best to gather together the best and most unusual of this material -- a promotional-only single of Ricky Nelson and Dean Martin singing "My Rifle, My Pony and Me" from Rio Bravo (adapted by Dimitri Tiomkin from the title theme from a score he wrote for an earlier John Wayne/Howard Hawks movie, Red River); Merle Kilgore (sounding a lot like Tex Ritter) doing the title song from Nevada Smith; "The Legend of Shenandoah" by James Stewart, telling the plot of the film while a chorus sings the title tune, as a sort of audio trailer for the movie Shenandoah (more of an eastern than a western); the Sons of the Pioneers doing the title theme from The Searchers; Marty Robbins' version of "The Ballad of the Alamo"; Tex Ritter's second (and best) recording of "High Noon"; and the Sons of the Pioneers performing "Song of the Wagonmaster" and "Wagons West" from Wagonmaster; Roy Rogers singing "The Yellow Rose of Texas" (to an utterly unfamiliar melody); Johnny Cash's "The Sons of Katie Elder" (a soundtrack never reissued on CD); and the only CD release of Dean Martin's "Rio Bravo." There are no notes, but everything else is first-rate about this disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/1994
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127156259
catalogNumber:
15625
Rank:
30198

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Rogers   Vocals,Track Performer
Carter Family   Choir, Chorus
Johnny Cash   Guitar,Leader,Vocals,Track Performer
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Johnny Horton   Vocals,Track Performer
Tex Ritter   Vocals,Track Performer
Marty Robbins   Vocals,Track Performer
Sons of the Pioneers   Track Performer
Ray Conniff   Leader
Frankie Laine   Vocals,Track Performer
Dean Martin   Vocals,Track Performer
George Barnes   Guitar
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Shelly Manne   Mallets
Dave Pell   Tenor Saxophone
Viola   Guitar
Caiola   Guitar
Justin Gordon   Saxophone
Jack Marshall   Leader
Alvino Rey   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Billy Vaughn   Leader
David Gates   Guitar
Lew DeWitt   Whistle (Instrument)
Bob Bain   Guitar
Noel Boggs   Pedal Steel Guitar
Ken Curtis   Guitar
Lorne Greene   Vocals,Track Performer
Dickson Hall   Vocals,Track Performer
Fess Parker   Vocals,Track Performer
Wayfarers Trio   Leader
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Si Zentner   Trombone
Kirk Douglas   Vocals,Track Performer
Hugh & Karl Farr   Fiddle,Guitar,Leader
Johnny Western   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Alonge   Horn
Cy Bernard   Cello
M.C. Berry   Drums
Hoyt Bohannon   Trombone
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Robert Brady   Bass
Statler Brothers   Choir, Chorus
Bobby Bruce   Violin
Frank Carlson   Drums
Evangeline Carmichael   Choir, Chorus
Frank Carroll   Bass
Ervan Coleman   Guitar
Morty Corb   Bass
John Cyr   Drums,Mallets
Charles Bud Dant   Leader
Carl Fortina   Accordion
Bobby Gibbons   Guitar
Marshall Grant   Bass
Milt Holland   Drums,Mallets
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Francis Howard   Piano
Jimmy Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Carol Kaye   Guitar
Ken Lane   Piano
Louis Kievman   Viola
Irv Kluger   Drums
Ronald Langinger   Flute
Bill Lee   Choir, Chorus
Neil Levang   Guitar
Dan Lube   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Gene Merlino   Choir, Chorus
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Rick Nelson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Earl Palmer   Drums
Luther Perkins   Guitar
William Pitman   Guitar
Milt Raskin   Piano
Thurl Ravenscroft   Choir, Chorus
Joe Reisman   Leader
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Paul Robyn   Viola
Mischa Russell   Violin
Lou Singer   Drums
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Jack Sperling   Drums
David Sterkin   Viola
Alvin Stoller   Mallets
Robert Sushel   Violin
Robert Tebow   Choir, Chorus
Tiny Timbrell   Guitar
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Alex Beller   Violin
Alton Hendrickson   Guitar
W.S. Holland   Drums
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Louis Dunn   Drums
Ian Freebairn-Smith   Choir, Chorus
Gail Martin   Trombone
Mellomen   Choir, Chorus
Jack Pruett   Guitar
Kurt Reher   Cello
Jack Rose   Guitar
Richard Shanahan   Drums
Max Smith   Choir, Chorus
Sally Sweetland   Choir, Chorus
Gerald Tomlinson   Guitar
Lerner   Piano
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Joseph Livoti   Violin
Abe Luboff   Bass
Jay Meyer   Choir, Chorus
Bob Moore   Bass
Jack Halloran   Choir, Chorus
Ken Carson   Vocals
Tommy Doss   Guitar
Shug Fisher   Bass
Roy Horton   Leader
Tab Hunter   Vocals,Track Performer
Merle Kilgore   Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Nolan   Guitar
Lloyd Perryman   Guitar,Vocals
Tim Spencer   Vocals
Korla Pandit   Organ
Jimmy Carroll   Leader
Danny Welton   Harmonica
Carroll Lewis   Trumpet
Loren Otis Shook   Guitar
Ed O'Connor   Guitar
Arthur Shapiro   Bass
Robert Florence   Piano
Bill Kanady   Choir, Chorus
William Edward "Billy" Liebert   Leader
Randall Shepard   Choir, Chorus
William Everett Strange   Guitar
Ed Vito   Harp
Frank Wolfe   Piano
Betty Jane Baker   Choir, Chorus
Gus Levine   Leader
Ryland Weston   Clarinet
Michael Corda   Bass
Jim Decker   French Horn
Rex Koury   Piano
Bill Reeves   Choir, Chorus
William Cole   Choir, Chorus
Dale Henry Warren   Guitar
Georger R "Deuce Spriggens" Braunsdorf   Bass
Jesse J. Colvard   Pedal Steel Guitar
Chuck Hurter   Violin
George Kayser   Violin
August Klein   Accordion
James O. "Jimmy" Wyble   Guitar
Andy Wolkowsky   Guitar
Johnny Douglas   Accordion
Harold Hugh Ehrmann   Saxophone
Donald Robertson   Piano
James Stewart   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Johnny Horton   Composer
Elmer Bernstein   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer
Billy Vaughn   Arranger
George Cates   Producer
Charles Bud Dant   Arranger
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Ray Evans   Composer
Charles Randolph Grean   Producer
Walt Heebner   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
John Lange   Composer
Don Law   Producer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Richard Markowitz   Composer
B. Morgan   Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Pat Ryan   Tom Tom Engineer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Mark Wilder   Track Mix
Fred Wise   Composer
Alfred Newman   Composer
Dick Rowe   Producer
Larry Walsh   Track Mix
Moisés Vivanco   Composer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Randy Starr   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Lew Stevenson   Tom Tom Engineer
Gus Levine   Arranger
Eliot Daniel   Composer
Mike Phillips   Composer
Earl Sheldon   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Fritz Bauer   Illustrations
Richard Quine   Composer

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My Rifle, My Pony and Me 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The All Music Guide review that accompanies this CD on B&N's website is right on. I just have a couple things to add. If two of the reasons you're interested in buying this CD is the opportunity to finally have Rawhide and The Rebel-Johnny Yuma in your collection, you will only be 50% satisfied. Frankie Laine's version of Rawhide is here and sounds just great. But Johnny Cash's The Rebel is some tune and some words I have never heard before. It's a real disappointment. I repeat: The Rebel-Johnny Yuma song we are all familiar with is not the one they offer on this CD. It has totally different music and lyrics. Other than that one complaint, I was satisfied with the CD. It's quirky, it's corny, it's kitsch- but I am of an age now (47) where I no longer have to care about what's cool and hip. Just sit back with a smile and listen to Lorne Greene sing Bonanza.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago