Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - Earliest Recordings

(Revenant REV-203) 1997


Earliest Recordings
Pee Wee Lambert and Carter c1946 Pee Wee Lambert and Ray Lambert c1947 L-R: Pee Wee Lambert, Leslie Keith, Carter and Ralph c1947 L-R: Ralph, Carter, Art Wooten and Pee Wee Lambert c1948
L-R: Art Wooten, Pee We Lambert, Ralph, Carter and Ray Lambert c1948 L-R: Pee We Lambert, Ralph, Art Wooten and Carter c1948
L-R: Ralph, Art Stamper, Carter and Jim Williams c1952 L-R: Ralph and Carter

This is an anthology of the Stanley Brothers recordings for Jim Hobart Stanton's 'Rich-R-Tone' label, which they made at the start of their professional career. As such it captures the youthful Stanley's as they developed from being a Mainer style string band to playing Bill Monroe influenced bluegrass.

It is the second time the Rich-R-Tone recordings have been reissued together. The material was first compiled on LP as Their Original Recordings in an adulterated form in 1966, and there is a later CD compilation Earliest Recordings on Rounder which sounds a lot brighter, than the Revenant version.

CD playing time is 34:44 which compares to 35:07 on the Rounder release. The difference is accounted for more abrupt cut-off's at the beginning/end of tracks. Comparing the audio spectrum's, the Revenant release has heavy attenuation above 6kHz, whereas the Rounder cuts off around 16KHz. This means that while the Revenant version has much less noise, it also loses all the brightness and sounds a bit like someone is playing the CD down a phone line. It comes with a 20 page booklet with detailed liner notes by Gary B. Reid, as well as numerous rare photographs of the period. The liner notes and most of the photo's are near enough identical to that found on the later Rounder CD.

Revenant have also re-released the collection on clear vinyl (Revenant REV-6004) and CD (Revenant REV-203) 2003, with a white sleeve. I don't have those versions, but looking at the Spectral distribution from a sample track on Revenant's website it appears to be the same quality as the 1997 version.

For basic information surrounding the sessions see the entry for the Rounder Earliest Recordings: The Complete Rich-R-Tone 78s CD.

 

For much more detailed information on these sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 6-19, 33-35 and 39.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
1
Molly And Tenbrook
02:24
Mid 1948
Rich-R-Tone RRT-418 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Wooten
Pee Wee Lambert


Bill Monroe
2
The Rambler's Blues
02:46
Mid 1948
Rich-R-Tone RRT-418 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Wooten
Pee Wee Lambert


Leslie Keith
3
Mother No Longer Awaits Me At Home
02:43
Early/mid 1947
Rich-R-Tone RRT-420 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Leslie Keith
Pee Wee Lambert
Ray Lambert

R. Stanley / C. Stanley
4
The Girl Behind The Bar
02:16
Early/mid 1947
Rich-R-Tone RRT-420 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Leslie Keith
Pee Wee Lambert
Ray Lambert

C. Stanley
5
Little Maggie
02:19
Late 1947 / Early 1948
Rich-R-Tone RRT-423 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Leslie Keith
Pee Wee Lambert


P.D.
6
The Little Glass Of Wine
03:07
Late 1947 / Early 1948
Rich-R-Tone RRT-423 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Leslie Keith
Pee Wee Lambert


C. Stanley
7
Our Darling's Gone
02:12
Late 1947 / Early 1948
Rich-R-Tone RRT-435 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Leslie Keith
Pee Wee Lambert


C. Stanley
8
The Jealous Lover
02:12
Late 1947 / Early 1948
Rich-R-Tone RRT-435 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Leslie Keith
Pee Wee Lambert


C. Stanley
9
I Can Tell You The Time
02:09
Early/mid 1947
Rich-R-Tone RRT-446 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Leslie Keith
Pee Wee Lambert
Ray Lambert

Adger M. Pace
10
Little Birdie
01:57
Mid 1952
Rich-R-Tone RRT-1056 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams


P.D.
11
The Little Glass Of Wine
02:56
Mid 1952
Rich-R-Tone RRT-1056 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams


C. Stanley
12
Death Is Only A Dream
02:21
Early/mid 1947
Rich-R-Tone RRT-446 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Leslie Keith
Pee Wee Lambert
Ray Lambert

C.W. Ray / A.J. Buchanan
13
The Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake
03:04
Mid 1952
Rich-R-Tone RRT-1055 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams


Albert Price (aka Bill Monroe)
14
Are You Waiting Just For Me?
02:16
Mid 1952
Rich-R-Tone RRT-1056 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams


Ernest Tubb

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