Sunday, April 22, 2007

Bonanza - Ponderosa Party Time (1962)


Vince, a regular visitor to this blog, requested that I post any Bonanza album I might have, so this post of "Ponderosa Party Time" is for Vince (and all other Bonanza fans out there)!

I grew up watching "Bonanza". Every Sunday night, I would pull up my chair next to my dad's and watch the latest chapter in the lives of the Cartwrights. I didn't really have a favorite - I liked all of them - but I was disappointed when Pernell Roberts (Adam) left the show. I really liked his black hat. Anyway, I still watch it on reruns - just don't seem to get tired of it. I guess I just really like it now because it brings back such fond memories of my childhood.

Well, this album is lots of fun. The Cartwrights are all here - Ben (Lorne Greene), Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker), and Little Joe (Michael Landon) - and they're having a Saturday night party. The singing isn't that bad either - I was surprised! There are a couple of songs on here that I remember learning in grade school ("Skip to My Lou" and "Miss Cindy"), so it was fun listening to those. But I think my favorite songs on this album are "My Sons, My Sons" and "The Place Where I Worship" - they literally brought me to tears because they moved me so much (yes, I'm the kind that gets all sentimental). Now, the album is recorded such that the songs flow into each other with the Cartwrights talking in between, so it's really hard to tell where one song ends and the other begins. Because of this, I did not try to break out each song individually and instead you'll get two MP3 files - one for Side 1 and one for Side 2. So, put on your dancing boots and get ready for some Ponderosa Party Time!

Track listing for Bonanza - Ponderosa Party Time:

Side 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

Side 2:
1. Happy Birthday
2. My Sons, My Sons
3. The Hangin' Blues
4. Shenandoah
5. Miss Cindy
6. The Place Where I Worship (Is the Wide Open Spaces)

8 comments:

vo5vo said...

I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THIS BONANZA ALBUM.
LIKE YOU I OFTEN WATCH BONANZA AND STILL ENJOY EPISODES I HAVE SEEN AND OTHERS THAT I DON'T REMEMBER AFTER PERNELL LEFT THE SHOW.
I WAS UPSET WITH HIM.
I DONT REMEMBER IF I TOLD YOU ABOUT MY TRIP IN 1978 , BY ACCIDENT, TO THE PONDEROSA RANCH AT INCLINED VILLAGE IN LAKE TAHOE.
THE EXACT SPOT ON THE BURNING MAP.
IF I DIDN'T I'LL BE GLAD TO.
LISTENING TO IT IS LIKE WATCHING A LOST EPISODE.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS.

vo5vo said...

HI ESTHER,
I WANT TO ASK YOU TO CHECK THE UPLOAD OF BONANZA. THE MUSIC SOUNDS MUFFLED.
I WAS AFRAID TO TELL YOU BECAUSE YOU WERE SO KIND TO POST THIS FOR ME.
LET ME KNOW WHAT IT IS WRONG.
THANK YOU VINCE

vo5vo said...

http://viagemusical.blogspot.com/2007/04/doris-day.html

It's Vince again.
The above link will give you three Doris Day albums.
One very rare called "Day by Night"

I just tonight watched her second movie, "Romance on the High Seas".
This is another movie where she is paired with and falls for Jack Carson. Don Defoe is very Handsome in this. Do you remember him from Hazel, the TV show?
GooooooD Movie.
Got this and my Favorite, "My Dream is Yours" in the 2nd box set of DVDs.
Hope you enjoy it.

Esther said...

Hi, Vince!

I checked the upload, but the music sounded fine on my computer. I even burned it to a CD and it sounds fine.

Thanks for the link to the Doris Day albums! I'm going to download them in a few minutes! I do enjoy her films - I'll have to watch the ones you mentioned soon.

Thanks again for visiting! If you think of any more requests, just let me know!

Jordan said...

I love the singing voice of Lorne Greene and would very much appreciate other albums by him. I know there are several... a dream would be the 4-CD-Bear Family box with all records.

Esther said...

Hi, Jordan!
I do have several of Lorne Greene's albums. I will be posting them so keep checking back!

Thanks for visiting!

jik said...

Thanks for sharing

Charles said...

Track listing for Bonanza - Ponderosa Party Time:

Side 1:
1. Bonanza 00:00.000 (1:14)
2. Sourwood Mountain 01:14.710 (2:24)
3. Sky Ball Paint 03:39.613 (2:35)
4. Early One Morning 06:14.662 (2:35)
5. Ponderosa 08:50.586 (1:36)
6. Careless Love 10:27.358 (3:02)
7. Skip to My Lou 13:29.668 (2:14)
8. In the Pines 15:44.310 (2:52)

Side 2:
1. Happy Birthday 00:00.000 (1:17)
2. My Sons, My Sons 01:17.488 (2:38)
3. The Hangin' Blues 03:55.704 (2:10)
4. Shenandoah 06:06.246 (2:08)
5. Miss Cindy 08:14.222 (2:57)
6. The Place Where I Worship 11:11.782 (3:34)
(Is the Wide Open Spaces)