The Wild Wild West + Cool Water (2 LPs on 1 CD) Digipack Edition
  • RCA Victor LSP-1968 RCA Victor LSP-1968
  • RCA Victor LSP-2118 RCA Victor LSP-2118
  • Ralph Hunter Ralph Hunter
  • Sons of the Pioneers Sons of the Pioneers

Ralph Hunter / Sons of the Pioneers

The Wild Wild West + Cool Water (2 LPs on 1 CD) Digipack Edition

Blue Moon 800 Series

The Ralph Hunter Choir, including Erik Darling (banjo), Tony Mottola (g), Eddy Manson (harmonica), Frank Carrol (b) / Darol Rice Orchestra, with Sons of the Pioneers (vcl)

Reference: BMCD 841

Bar code: 8427328008419

· Collectors Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Living Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit


On the Trail
01. The Old Chisholm Trail 2:00
02. The Dying Cowboy 4:55
03. The Trail to Mexico 3:04
Saturday Nigh
04. Rot Gut (Cowboy Drinkin Song) 2:17
05. Rye Whiskey 1:10
06. Ill Remember You in My Prayers 3:52
Dancin and Hollerin
07. The Devils Dream 2:01
08. Strawberry Roan 3:41
Little Dogies
09. Whoopee Ti Yi Yo 2:50
10. I Ride an Old Paint 3:20
Lonesome Cowboy 3:05
11. Red River Valey 4:48

12. Cool Water 2:08
13. Whoopie-Ti-Yi-Yo 2:04
14. Wind 2:34
15. Cowboys Dream 2:12
16. The Last Round-Up 2:50
17. Ridin Home 1:59
18. Twilight on the Trail 2:26
19. Red River Valley 2:14
20. Wagon Wheels 2:14
21. Riders in the Sky 2:17
22. Blue Prairie 2:49
23. Way Out There 1:41
24. Empty Saddles 1:52
25. Teardrops in My Heart 2:22
26. Blue Shadows on the Trail 2:13
27. Ridin Down the Canyon 2:25
28. Timber Trail 2:14
29. Tumbling Tumbleweeds 2:28

Cowboy songs grew for a long time into one of the most important parts of the folk music in the United States. They came from the lonesome cowboys on the trail who won the Wild West, the outlaws and desperados, the big game guides, head packers and wranglers.

Tracks #1-11 · THE WILD WILD WEST
Arranged and conducted by Ralph Hunter
Erik Darling, banjo; Tony Mottola, guitar; Eddy Manson, harmonica; Frank Carrol, bass.

Recorded in Webster Hall, New York, November 7, 10 and 14, 1958
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Produced by Bob Bollard

Originally issued on RCA Victor LSP-1968

The music of the West was born with a purpose, and channeled the true spirit of a nation. This collection of favorite Western songs, headed by their greatest hit 'Cool Water', will go down in the heart of America as a living tribute to the land of the West that is loved the world over for its music and heritage.

Tracks #12-29 · COOL WATER
Sons of the Pioneers sing all tracks
Orchestra conducted by Darol Rice
Arrangements by Stan Jones, Tim Spencer (tracks #13, 15 & 19)

Recorded at RCA Victors Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California, in June 1959
Recording Engineer: John Norman
Produced by Neely Plumb

Originally issued on RCA Victor LSP-2118

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol



-Cool Water

"The Sons of the Pioneers went through so many different lineups over the decades -- especially from the end of the 1950s onward -- that it was often difficult to know precisely who was singing on various LPs drawn from different parts of their history. Cool Water, however, was the group's first stereo release, cut in June of 1959 as one of RCA-Victor's Living Stereo series, which encompassed artists ranging from Henry Mancini to Sam Cooke. The original release, issued at the height of the stereophile boom of the late 1950s, was a vivid display of close, intimate presence and discreet channel separation -- what it lacked was the stripped-down authenticity of the original Sons of the Pioneers' sides from the 1930s. Purists may be put off by the accompaniment, which includes strings, as well as the definite sense of drama and sophistication that has gone into sides such as "Twilight on the Trail." On the other hand, some of the music here, such as Tim Spencer's arrangement of "Red River Valley," or the western pop standards "Wagon Wheels" and Stan Jones' "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," can get away with the restrained presence of flutes and French horn, and even strings in the latter case; and "Way Out There" as done here, with an up-tempo beat (a little too up-tempo, actually) and electric guitar, and the group's singing mixed fairly far back but sounding superb, holds up as a new, fresh approach to the song. Other songs, however, lack the underlying authenticity of the group's original sound [...]"

Bruce Eder -All Music Guide


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