Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley - Ralph Stanley

(DMZ/Columbia CK-85525) (US) / (DMZ/Columbia 510159 2) (Europe) 2002


Ralph Stanley
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Following on from the success of T. Bone Burnett's 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou?' soundtrack, T. Bone made this eponymous album with Ralph at the Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, Tn.

It must have been sweet signing with Columbia, 50 years after being dropped by the label.

The album is quite radically different to Ralph's work with the CMB's, but it is still within the 'old-time' mountain field with a mix of Gospel, murder ballads, and old folk songs.

Ralph had previously cut I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers on Play Requests, but the version here is a chilling vocal solo with no accompanyment. Ralph had also previously featured an a cappella version of Great High Mountain on I Want To Preach The Gospel. The version here has an almost chaotic accompanyment of droning fiddles.

Some of the songs are ancient, as with Little Mathie Grove, a classic old English folk song/murder ballad from the 17th Century. This too, is well suited to Ralph's craggy vocals.

Evelyn and Suzanne Cox of The Cox Family provide harmony vocals on Look On And Cry and Hank Williams' Calling You.

Lift Him Up, That's All was later re-recorded with the CMB's for A Mother's Prayer in 2011.

Some copies of the CD come with a Macromedia slideshow with addtional B&W photographs of Ralph at his old school house and Church in Coeburn, as well as at home.

There was also a promo video for Girl From The Greenbriar Shore, and two promotional CDS. One was a three track CD (DMZ/Columbia CSK 59413) with:- Barbara Allen, Stack O'Lee and Prince Of Peace. The other was a special 2-Disc version of the album exclusive to Amazon.com, where the second disc contained versions of Trouble Trouble and Long Black Veil. All five tracks are unavilable elsewhere...

Look out for the painting that was used for Ralph's Old Home Place LP in the background to a couple of the photos in the CD booklet.

If anyone has a copy of the bonus Amazon disc, I'd love to hear from you via the Contact page!

Track:
Title:
CD:
(40:57)
1
Lift Him Up, That's All

P.D.
2
False Hearted Lover's Blues

W.E. Myers
3
Henry Lee

P.D.
4
Girl From The Greenbriar Shore

P.D.
5
Twelve Gates To The City

P.D.
6
Little Mathie Grove

P.D.
7
Look On And Cry

n/a
8
I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers

P.D.
9
Calling You

Hank Williams
10
The Death Of John Henry

P.D.
11
Great High Mountain

R. Stanley

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