I love OTR (Old-Time Radio), which as Stan Freberg always says, can accomplish things that television never could. I get sucked into a good story in a matter of seconds, and when I saw this LP with its lovely cover painting, I knew it was for me. I loved watching reruns of The Lone Ranger as a kid, after all.
I can't find much information about this record. It was put out by The Wrather Corporation (who owned the property at the time), and the text on the back is a little misleading--in trying to say this is the first album (and I can't find a trace of a second volume in this series), they sort of make it sound like this is the "first adventure," but this isn't true. The hit radio show began in 1933, and lasted for an incredible 2,956 episodes (you read that right)! The actor who voiced the Lone Ranger in these particular two episodes was Brace Beemer (I love that name, it's like Dash Riprock or something), and he took the job in 1941, and kept it until the series ended in 1954. So these two episodes fall into that time period, and that's the best I can do.
One more note on the scratchiness of the recording--sometimes, when I apply pop-reducing software to certain recordings, it squashes or flattens them beyond recognition. This happened here, so I left well enough alone. I think it's because of a double whammy--the original recording was that way, and then made into a record, which became even MORE that way. In any case, it won't interfere with your enjoyment of this classic show. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear!
Fun Factoid of the Day: In my research, I learned that (since they had the same creators) the Lone Ranger is the Green Hornet's great uncle! How cool is that?