Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley - The Very Best Of...

(Koch/Audium AUD-CD-8169) 2002


The Very Best Of...
Rear Booklet CD Tray CD Tray Inner

A 16 track, 43:41 minute compilation, licensed from Rebel. KOCH would have had much wider (worldwide) distribution, so would have been in a good position to capitalise on the success of the 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou' film soundtrack.

It obviously features versions of the three tracks from the film, which have been associated with Ralph/Carter: Man Of Constant Sorrow, Angel Band and Oh Death. All were previously recorded with The Stanley Brothers, and re-recorded by Ralph in the '70s.

Like a lot of the other compilations, it concentrates on the era when Roy Lee Centers was lead vocalist.

It's a reasonable collection, if you haven't heard any of Ralph's music, but the earlier Classic Bluegrass, Bound To Ride or My Life & Legacy may be a better choice to start with.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Guitar/Lead vocal:
Guitar:
Bass:
Mandolin:
1
Ridin' That Midnight Train
01:56
18 Feb 1973
The Stanley Sound Around The World
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


R. Stanley
2
The Fields Have Turned Brown
02:51
22 Mar 1973
I Want To Preach The Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke
John Duffey

C. Stanley
3
Little Maggie
02:46
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


P.D.
4
Will You Miss Me?
02:57
30 Jun 1971
Something Old Something New
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Keith Whitley
Jack Cooke
Ricky Skaggs

A.P. Carter
5
Hard Times
02:16
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


R. Stanley
6
I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages
03:12
12 May 1977
Clinch Mountain Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Troy 'Renfro' Profitt
Jack Cooke
Danny Marshall

John B. Preston
7
Little Birdie
02:18
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


P.D.
8
Man Of Constant Sorrow
02:52
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


R.D. Burnett
9
Dad's Old Rocky Field
03:44
22 Jan 2000
While The Ages Roll On
Steve Sparkman
James Price
Ralph II Stanley
James Alan Shelton
Jack Cooke
John Rigsby

Earl Sykes
10
Clinch Mountain Backstep
02:21
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


Ruby Rakes
11
Rank Stranger
02:42
23 Mar 1973
I Want To Preach The Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


Albert E. Brumley
12
Pretty Polly
03:36
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


P.D.
13
Oh, Death
03:00
12 May 1977
Clinch Mountain Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley

Jack Cooke
Danny Marshall

P.D.
14
Katy Daley
02:10
30 Jun 1971
Something Old, Something New
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Keith Whitley
Jack Cooke
Ricky Skaggs

Eamon O'Shea arr Paul Mullins
15
The Lonesome River
02:54
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke
John Duffey

C. Stanley
16
Angel Band
01:54
23 Mar 1973
I Want To Preach The Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke
John Duffey

Jefferson Hascall / William B. Bradbury

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