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The Celebrated Sons of the Pioneers (1955-59)

Audio CD (2005)

Number of Discs: 4

Label: Audiophonic

ASIN: ASOP050701


Album Review by O J Sikes:

    Many Sons of the Pioneers fans have a favorite Pioneers trio. Some like the youthful sound from the 1930s when Roy Rogers was still just one of the boys. Others like the sound of the group from 1938-42, a period when they made so many movies with Charles Starrett and recorded the legendary Orthacoustic transcriptions. Some prefer what they call the Carson trio that appeared on-screen with Roy in the mid-40s and recorded most of the group's hits, while others prefer the Curtis trio from the Lucky-U Ranch radio show or the Nolan-Curtis-Perryman trio.

    From 1959 until 1967, The trio of Tommy Doss, Dale Warren and Lloyd Perryman recorded a very successful series of LPs for RCA Victor. They had what many describe as the smoothest sound of any trio up to that point, and were often backed with lush orchestral arrangements. Lots of us liked the trio, but were less enthusiastic about the orchestras, preferring the sound of The Farr Brothers who were noticeably absent from those later sessions.

    But wait! Between 1955 & '59, the Doss-Warren-Perryman trio, backed by the Farr Bros., did make a number of recordings. Most have been "lost" since then, because they were transcriptions for the Smokey the Bear radio series rather than commercial sides. They are the source material for this new CD set! So we can now have the best of both worlds, i.e. the trio sound of the 60s with backing only by Shug Fisher or Deuce Spriggens on bass, and the Farr Bros. on fiddle and guitar. 68 songs are here to illustrate the Sons of the Pioneers' work. Pioneers authority Ken Griffis wrote the liner notes, which are well illustrated with photos from Dale Warren's collection and Ken's as well. A "must have" collection but increasingly hard to find. Try contacting O J Sikes for assistance.


Track List:

CD 1

 1. Song of the Bandit (Bob Nolan)

 2. Trail Dreamin' (Bob Nolan)

 3. Sky Ball Paint (Bob Nolan)

 4. The Touch of God's Hand (Bob Nolan)

 5. The West is in My Soul (Bob Nolan)

 6. Cowboy Camp Meetin'

 7. Biscuit Blues (Bob Nolan)

 8. Lord, You Made the Cowboy Happy (Bob Nolan)

 9. Redwood Trees (Bob Nolan)

10. Wagon Wheels

11. Ridin' Down the Canyon

12. Don Juan

13. Old Pioneer

14. Shine

15. You Ain't Heard Nothin' Till You Hear Him Roar! (Bob Nolan)

16. Over the Santa Fe Trail

17. Blue Prairie (Tim Spencer / Bob Nolan)


CD 2

 1. There's a Rainbow Over the Range

 2. Round-Up in the Sky (Bob Nolan)

 3. Following the Sun All Day (Bob Nolan)

 4. Whis'prin' Wind

 5. Buffalo

 6. Lilies Grow High

 7. Too High, Too Wide, Too Low

 8. Throw Another Log on the Fire

 9. Yippi Yi Your Troubles Away

10. When You Come to the End of the Day

11. The Hills of Old Wyoming

12. Cody of the Pony Express (Bob Nolan)

13. Trail to San Antone (Down the)

14. Cowpoke

15. Round-Up Time is Over (Bob Nolan)

16. Graveyard Filler of the West

17. He's Ridin' Home (Bob Nolan)


CD 3


 2. Silent Trails

 3. 'Way Out There (Bob Nolan)

 4. Echoes from the Hills (Bob Nolan)

 5. Timber Trail

 6. When Pay Day Rolls Around (Bob Nolan)

 7. Blue Shadows on the Trail

 8. Cimarron (Roll On)

 9. Cool Water (Bob Nolan)

10. Blue Juniata

11. Tumbling Tumbleweeds (Bob Nolan)

12. Open Range Ahead (Bob Nolan)

13. Trail Herdin' Cowboy (Bob Nolan)

14. Chant of the Plains (Bob Nolan)

15. Hillbilly Wedding in June

16. Cajon Stomp

17. Sierra Nevada


CD 4

 1. Farr Away Blues

 2. Riders in the Sky

 3. Wind (Bob Nolan)

 4. The Mystery of His Way (Bob Nolan)

 5. Hold that Critter Down (Bob Nolan)

 6. The Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma

 7. He's Ridin' Home (Bob Nolan)

 8. Love Song of the Waterfall (Bob Nolan)

 9. I Follow the Stream (Bob Nolan)

10. Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie

11. Blues in "A"

12. Chant of the Wanderer (Bob Nolan)

13. Song of the Trail

14. There's a Blue Sky Way Out Yonder

15. Ne Ha Nee (Bob Nolan)

16. Froggie Went a-Courtin'

17. Smokey the Bear