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Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - Poison Lies / Dickson County Breakdown

(Mercury 70437) Aug 1954


Poison Lies
Dickson County Breakdown (45) Poison Lies (45 - later Pressing) 45 - Dickson County Breakdown (later Pressing) Billboard advert 25th Sep 1954
Poison Lies (78) Dickson County Breakdown (78)

This single was listed as a new release in the 21st Aug 1954 edition of 'Billboard' and was featured in an advert the following month.

Ralph's Dickenson County Breakdown was his first banjo tune to be recorded, and judging by the number of live/radio versions, was often used in brief form to open and close their shows. The tune was named after their home county, but Mercury misspelt it on the the label...

Poison Lies is another of Carter's classic troubled love songs.

Both side of the single can now be found on The Complete Mercury Recordings 2xCD set.

 

For a detailed breakdown and background to the Stanley's sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 43-44, and 71.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
A-1
Poison Lies
02:42
25 Nov 1953
Mercury 70437 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Jim Williams
John Shuffler

C. Stanley
B-1
Dickenson County Breakdown
02:16
25 Nov 1953
Mercury 70437 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Jim Williams
John Shuffler

R. Stanley

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