The Power Records Podcast 22 – The Lone Ranger!


Hi-yo, vinyl! Chris and Rob discuss two stories from the relatively obscure self-titled LONE RANGER LP, "Ambush at Bryant's Gap" and "Rope Justice."

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15 responses to “The Power Records Podcast 22 – The Lone Ranger!

  1. I didn’t have this as a kid nor did I know of its existence until I discovered your blog. However I’ve been a fan of the Lone Ranger radio show since the 70s. I discovered old time radio at about age 12 and have been listening ever since. Always a highlight of my week to see a new episode of the Power Records podcast and I’m excited to see it return more often than before. It’s obvious y’all love these stories and I appreciate all the hard work y’all put into this series. Now when can we expect one done on Space 1999 and perhaps Kojak? Easily my favorite podcast. And looking forward to the next episode.

    One last note…i put on Power Records for my young grandson to hear at naptime. He seems to like them. At 8 months old he may be y’alls youngest fan.

  2. Thanks for sharing these. I had not heard these and didn’t have them. I’m surprised because I bought most Lone Ranger stuff I found as a kid. I guess I didn’t come across this one.

    I had this Peter Pan record that I think was released to capitalize on the Legend of the Lone Ranger movie/

    I also had this Coca-Cola record that had episodes of the Lone Ranger Radio show. I had a neighbor who travelled for his job and he had one. Since I enjoyed his, he picked one up for me, but he may have gotten it in Atlanta at Coke’s headquarters.

  3. Great show! Those were two of the best power records stories I’ve heard. I hope you two will cover the other two stories soon.

    While not Power Records, there are SEVEN other Lone Ranger records in circulation. In the 1950s, DECCA got the cast of the Lone Ranger to record at least seven short full cast audio adventures. I’m not sure about the discography, but I believe that some were released as an LP and others as 45s. DECCA also released a GORGEOUS wooden portable Lone Ranger record player. I’m guessing that the record player’s release coincided with the release of these records.

    Don’t let Chris google the record player. Cindy will kill him when he plunks down hundreds of dollar for it 🙂

    The best place I know of to get all seven recordings is from the Old Time Radio Researchers. The first volume of their Lone Ranger set contains all seven. All of the OTRR’s sets can be downloaded for free on the Internet Archive.

    Thanks again for such a great podcast!

  4. Yippie Kay-yay! Thanks for saddling up with one of my childhood heroes! I’m a huge Line Ranger fan and this episode was great!
    Rob and Chris have done a great job of mixing things up with the Power Records podcast. With just over 20 episodes we’ve thrilled to the adventures of famous superheroes, explored the galaxy with the crew of The Starship Enterprise, been confronted by monsters, solved mysteries with the Scooby gang, battled sorcery in The Hyborian Age and now riden across the plains.

  5. A very fun episode fellas! The recent Dynamite Comics featuring the alone Ranger & Tonto have been fun reads & are worth checking out. Yes, the recent LR movie is a misfire but the final action sequence on the train featuring the classic William Tell Overture is splendid.

  6. The book and record adaptation of “The Lone Ranger” was released in 1977 by Peter Pan Records; the original LP presentation was released a year later. The LP was re-issued in 1981 to capitalize on the release of the film.

    I learned of the LP and the 45 read-along when I received the order form from Peter Pan as a kid, and now I have them both as part of my record collection.

  7. By the way, I missed the last podcast (“Gemini Man”/”Holo-Man”), and I have both records in the collection as well.

    Just so you know….I actually watched the show “Gemini Man” when it first aired on NBC in 1976. So imagine my surprise when I saw the LP at a store several years later.

  8. Both the record and your commentary were very enjoyable, guys, and I’ve always loved the Lone Ranger. That said, I’ve long suspected that Tonto was the intellectual powerhouse and more than half the overall capability of that team. These stories did nothing to dissuade me. Dan wants to lead his team after a gang of armed owl hoots through a narrow pass into a dead end canyon — and all John does is express concern?!? The proper response is checking his saddlebags for loco weed.

    I asked my wife, who grew up out west if this was as crazy as it seemed to me. She confirmed that all you do with a box canyon is drive your cattle into there and make camp outside the entrance. If you want to see what’s in there, climb to the top from the outside and look down. Going in is not on the list of options.

    And “I wanted to begin the search right away, but Tonto wouldn’t let me”? I used to modify the narrative sometimes when I read to my kids. This would have come out, “I wanted to begin the search right away, but Tonto said I must have hit my head on some rocks when the bullet in my chest dropped me.” He wouldn’t have been fit to ride for any length of time, much less fight.

    Regarding the violence, I recommend a look at G rated movies from the same time period for comparison. There was plenty of violence (though little gore). Previous generations — our parents and especially their forebears — were just familiar with death at a much earlier age. Car accidents and industrial accidents were deadlier and more frequent, we had four consecutive wars between 1914 and 1973 that involved widespread conscription, and medical care wasn’t nearly as good. If you lived on a farm or ranch, things were dying around you all the time. Texas Rangers getting shot didn’t have the same effect it would today.

    Finally, I’ll bet you two a dinner that the actor playing Tonto really is Jay Silverheels. If I lose, I figure I owe you for the years of entertainment anyway (when you read this, insert the Patreon plug here).

  9. I almost forgot to give the Lone Ranger some well-deserved credit. He was right. It really would have been a short ride from Del Rio, Texas into Mexico for those mangy varmints. Nowadays, Laughlin Air Force Base is in Del Rio. The folks I know who were stationed there confirm that keeping young Airmen out of Mexico was a constant chore, especially on the weekends. Has anybody considered building a wall?

  10. As a fan of comic books, old time radio programs, and the Lone Ranger TV series, this episode really hits my sweet spot. I must have been about 10 years old when I started picking up old time radio cassettes that were sold at the 7-Eleven down the road from my house. One of the first (if not the very first) tape I picked up was of the first Lone Ranger radio show episodes. It was the origin story and, like Chris said, the first recording you played was a very faithful retelling.
    I know Captain Entropy says the actor playing Tonto on the record was Jay Silverheels. I think I agree with Chris though and it was someone doing a pretty dag-gone good Jay Silverheels impersonation.
    Keep up the good work, fellas!

  11. One more detail regarding “Gemini Man”, which incidentally was the final LP bearing the Power logo: the track you played (“The Alchemist”) was actually the 2nd track of the first side. The 1st track was actually “The Phleom Factor”, which explains how Sam Casey got his powers (via dialogue). That might be why you guys are confused with the overall story.

    And there was a “Bionic Woman” LP; as produced by Wonderland Records in 1976. The production value is nowhere as close as that of Peter Pan’s Power Records.

  12. Impressive pod cast most impressive. How’d I miss this? I had the 12 inch or was it 9 Lone Ranger toy as a kid and Tonto and latter the 3.3 quarters one. From the movie. I didn’t even know Power records made this. I had coloring books etc. We’d sit around as kids and watch the re runs of the old show. Cause I’m old, but not that old. Pretty cool how Tonto plays into it. Inspire of what reinvest say he was an important part of the show. And Legend like Kato in Green Hornet. Did I motion I have U tube channel? I do remember the mis communication That folks thought the Lone Ranger was based on Bass Reeves. But, no. Bass was a bad a** and should of had a nmovie by now. But, he’s nothing like the ranger.

    He was more of an anti hero. He followed the letter of the law. In fact he went after his own son when he broke the law. Though I’m sure Watch men and it’s fake movie in it probly had his bit. Ware two men he had a warent on. drew on him. He asked them If they’d wanna go in dead or alive. They laughed and he used the distraction to gun them down and get the warent turned in. Not a man whom would both with Silver Bullets. Though he should get a movie But, don’t see any of the Ranger in him.
    Yeah he had a movie in 2010, but wasn’t something most people didn’t know about it. Maybe Mahershala Ali could play Bass. Any way this Lone Ranger Power Record sounds good. Yeah old Fashioned hero’s aren’t used any more. Cause other than Cap in the movies…they don’t make money. Look at ware Supes is put at now. But, yeah he and these were cool back in the day.

  13. I was positive that I had this record! I was all excited! I was going to send you a picture of me with it, but I was/am wrong. It is not in my collection. But that jacket looks so familiar! Rats! I have a couple of other Lone Ranger LPs of the radio show. I listen to a LOT of old radio shows, but I haven’t listened to the Ranger in quite a while. It’s always good, though! I think things like “Bryant’s Gap,” “Butch Cassidy,” “Dan Reid,” are so iconic to the overall story. One more thing, whoever chose the “William Tell Overture” as the theme music should be hailed as on of the greatest music innovators of the 20th century!

  14. i found this on Wiki on who owns The Lone Ranger
    From its inception, George W. Trendle had legal ownership of the Lone Ranger and characters associated with the Lone Ranger through his company, The Lone Ranger, Inc. Trendle sold The Lone Ranger, Inc. to oil man and film producer Jack Wrather in 1954 for $3 million. After Wrather died in 1984, his widow, Bonita Granville, sold the Wrather Productions properties to Southbrook International Television Co. in 1985 for $10 million.[68][69][70] Broadway Video acquired the rights in 1994. Classic Media acquired the rights in 2000. DreamWorks Animation acquired Classic Media in 2012 and renamed the division DreamWorks Classics,[71] which was acquired by NBCUniversal in 2016 for $3.8 billion. Its Universal Pictures unit currently has the rights to the Lone Ranger.[72]

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