Various Artists

Bonanza [Bear Family]

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This four-CD box set features the cast of the long-running 1960s TV series BONANZA, singing a variety of folk ballads, Christmas songs, and popular favorites. Classic '60s Hollywood musical arrangements, including operatic backing singers and full orchestral accompaniment, lend the enterprise an air of kitsch, but the actors do well in injecting their onscreen personas into their songs. Particularly effective are Pernell Roberts, who played the family's eldest son, Adam, and who sings his set of folk songs in a pleasant tenor, and the baritone-voiced Lorne Greene, who played the family patriarch, Ben Cartwright.

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