Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - The Definitive Collection

(1947 - 1966)

(Time Life B00007883-02) 2007


The Definitive Collection
Rear Cover Booklet
Booklet
Booklet

This is an excellent 60 track, 3xCD set, which spans the Stanley's entire 20 year career, and as a bonus, includes three previously unreleased recordings, and a few of the rarer Wango/Blue Ridge and Cabin Creek tracks.

Disc One concentrates on their Columbia / Mercury period, while Disc Two covers the Starday/King years. The sound quality on both discs is superb, but you could argue that just two discs isn't sufficient to make this a 'Definitive' collection.

Disc Three contains a mix of early Rich-R-Tone, radio and live recordings, plus the Blue Ridge 45 and some of their Wango/Rimrock/Cabin Creek rarities. Sound quality is therefore a bit variable, but this disc will probably be of most interest to fans.

Of particular note are three previously unreleased live tracks: a rare version of Lester Flatt/Bill Monroe's Will You Be Loving Another Man from Bean Blossom 1955; the poignant Tell Me Why Daddy Don't Come Home from the Ash Grove, Hollywood 1962; and Carter's appearance with Bill Monroe at the Luray Park 4th July 1961 with Sugar Coated Love.[1]

The set is packaged in a hard book-like cover with splendid artwork, and has an in-depth booklet stapled to it's centre. This contains an excellent, extensive band history by Gary Reid, and an introduction by Ricky Skaggs.

One quote from the booklet, which I can't resist repeating, is Carter's response to being queried by bluegrass DJ Pete Wernick about the term 'bluegrass':- "I think anytime that you play a good song, to me it's hillbilly music. The Carter Family played good hillbilly music and they're definitely not bluegrass, and J.E. Mainer played good hillbilly music and he's not bluegrass, and I don't figure we're bluegrass. We're the Stanley Brothers, that's the way I've always tried to work it... we have got out, I think, and developed a sound of our own. I think as long as you sing a song with the best feeling you've got, and if you do feel it, I think the people will know it and they'll call it whatever they want to call it."

Unfortunately the set is out of print, but second hand copies can still be found for $40 or so.

 

For detailed information on the songs/sessions check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book. For page references, see the Original Release entries.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Source:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
CD 1:
(53:37)
1
Little Glass Of Wine
02:57
01 Mar 1949
Columbia 20590 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Bobby Sumner
Pee Wee Lambert
James 'Jay' Hughes


C. Stanley
2
The Old Home
02:17
20 Nov 1949
Columbia 20667 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Les Woodie
Pee Wee Lambert
Ernest 'Ernie' Newton


C. Stanley
3
The White Dove
03:12
01 Mar 1949
Columbia 20577 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Bobby Sumner
Pee Wee Lambert
James 'Jay' Hughes


C. Stanley
4
The Fields Have Turned Brown
02:30
20 Nov 1949
Columbia 20667 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Les Woodie
Pee Wee Lambert
Ernest 'Ernie' Newton


C. Stanley
5
The Lonesome River
02:43
03 Nov 1950
Columbia 20816 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Les Woodie
Pee Wee Lambert
Ernest 'Ernie' Newton


C. Stanley
6
Get Down On Your Knees And Pray - Bill Monroe
0?:??
06 Jul 1951
Decca 9-46351 Carter Stanley
Rudy Lyle
Gordon Terry
Bill Monroe
Howard Watts


???
7
I'm Lonesome Without You
02:33
09 Aug 1953
Mercury 70217 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams
George Shuffler


R. Stanley
8
This Weary Heart You Stole Away (Wake Up, Sweetheart)
02:41
09 Aug 1953
Mercury 70217 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams
George Shuffler


C. Stanley
9
Our Last Goodbye
02:39
09 Aug 1953
Mercury 70270 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams
George Shuffler


C. Stanley
10
(Say) Won't You Be Mine
02:49
09 Aug 1953
Mercury 70270 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams
George Shuffler


C. Stanley
11
A Voice From On High
02:35
25 Nov 1953
Mercury 70340 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Jim Williams
John Shuffler


Bill Monroe / Bessie Maudlin
12
I Just Got Wise
02:35
30 May 1954
Mercury 70453 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Lightning Chance


C. Stanley
13
Blue Moon Of Kentucky
02:15
29 Aug 1954
Mercury 70453 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance
Charlie Cline

Bill Monroe
14
Hard Times
02:47
29 Aug 1954
Mercury 70546 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance
Charlie Cline

R. Stanley
15
If That's The Way You Feel
02:33
15 Nov 1957
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Benny Martin / Howard Forrester
Bill Napier
Curley Lambert


R. Stanley / Peggy Stanley
16
Orange Blossom Special
02:29
05 Apr 1955
Mercury 70663 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Bill Lowe


Ervin T. Rouse
17
Nobody's Love Is Like Mine
02:29
30 May 1954
Mercury 70789 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Lightning Chance


C. Stanley
18
Angel Band
02:18
19 Dec 1955
Country Pickin' & Singin' Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
Bill Lowe


Jefferson Hascall / William B. Bradbury
19
Who Will Call You Sweetheart
02:56
16 Jul 1956
Country Pickin' & Singin' Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony / Ralph Mayo
Curley Lambert
Doug Morris


C. Stanley / Bill Monroe
20
The Cry From The Cross
02:53
16 Jul 1956
Mercury 71135 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony / Ralph Mayo
Curley Lambert
Doug Morris


Johnnie Masters
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Lead Guitar:
CD 2:
(50:27)
1
Gonna Paint The Town
02:21
Summer 1958
Starday 406 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley
2
How Mountain Girls Can Love
02:08
30 Sep 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Ruby Rakes
3
Think Of What You've Done
02:07
01 Oct 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


C. Stanley
4
How Far To Little Rock
02:40
15 Sep 1959
King 5306 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Ruby Rakes
5
Train 45
02:46
01 Oct 1958
King 5155 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


G.B. Grayson
6
Ridin' That Midnight Train
02:03
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


R. Stanley
7
I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow
02:39
15 Sep 1959
King 5269 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

R.D. Burnett
8
Rank Stranger
03:09
?? May 1960
Starday 506 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley

Curley Lambert
Audie Webster
Ralph Mayo

Albert E. Brumley
9
Jacob's Vision
02:17
15 Sep 1959
For The Good People Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

P.D.
10
Little Maggie
02:47
?? May 1960
Starday 522 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

P.D.
11
God Gave You To Me
02:06
?? May 1960
Starday 522 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

R. Stanley
12
Let Me Rest
02:00
11 Jul 1960
In Person Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

R. Stanley / C. Stanley
13
Who Will Sing For Me
02:08
02 May 1962
Good Old Camp Meeting Songs Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Chick Stripling
George Shuffler

John Thomas Ely
14
Little Birdie
01:59
29 Jan 1963
Folk Concert Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Curley Lambert
Vernon Derrick


P.D.
15
Lonesome Night
02:19
14 Aug 1963
King 5809 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Henry Dockery
George Shuffler

C. Stanley
16
Don't Cheat In Our Home Town
02:34
17 Sep 1963
Country Folk Music Spotlight Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
George Shuffler

Ray Pennington / Roy E. Marcum
17
Stone Walls And Steel Bars
02:07
14 Aug 1963
King 5809 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Henry Dockery
George Shuffler

Ray Pennington / Roy E. Marcum
18
Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
03:50
01 Apr 1964
Hymns Of The Cross Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley

Earl Taylor
Chick Stripling
George Shuffler

Robert F. Boyce
19
Oh Death
02:58
01 Apr 1964
Hymns Of The Cross Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley

Earl Taylor
Chick Stripling
George Shuffler

P.D.
20
Soldier's Grave
02:57
20 Sep 1965
A Collection Of Original Gospel And Sacred Songs Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
George Shuffler

Jim Anglin / Jack Anglin / Johnnie Wright
Track:
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CD 3:
(49:03)
1
Theme & Cotton-Eyed Joe
01:50
?? ??? 1947
On WCYB Bristol Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Leslie Keith
Pee Wee Lambert
Ray Lambert


P.D.
2
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
3
The Girl Behind The Bar
02:17
Early/mid 1947
Rich-R-Tone RRT-420 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Leslie Keith
Pee Wee Lambert
Ray Lambert


C. Stanley
4
Molly And Tenbrook
02:27
Mid 1948
Rich-R-Tone RRT-418 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Wooten
Pee Wee Lambert



Bill Monroe
5
Are You Waiting Just For Me?
02:20
Mid 1952
Rich-R-Tone RRT-1055 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams



Ernest Tubb
6
Will You Be Loving Another Man
02:48
Live 1955
***PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED*** Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

George Shuffler


Lester Flatt / Bill Monroe
7
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
02:27
?? ??? 1960
On Radio, Vol. 1 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony

George Shuffler
Bill Napier

P.D.
8
Black Mountain Blues
01:38
?? ??? 1960
On Radio, Vol. 1 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony


Bill Napier

Leslie Keith
9
Meet Me Tonight
02:35
?? ??? 1959
Blue Ridge 514 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
???


Joseph Augustine Wade
10
Nobody's Business
01:58
?? ??? 1959
Blue Ridge 514 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
???


Porter Grainger / Everett Robbins
11
Sugar Coated Love - Bill Monroe
03:17
04 Jul 1961
*** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED*** Carter Stanley
Tony Ellis
Billy Baker
Bill Monroe
Bessie Maudlin
Bobby Smith

Porter Grainger / Everett Robbins
12
Tell Me Why Daddy Don't Come Home
02:34
31 Aug 1962
*** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED*** Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick
Curley Lambert
Roger Bush


B. Boyd / H. Burns / E. Nunn
13
Hide Ye In The Blood
02:14
?? Nov 1964
Songs Of Mother And Home Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Red Stanley

Barry Glickman
Jack Cooke

P.D. ?
14
East Virginia Blues
02:36
?? ??? 1964
John's Country Quartet Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley



George Shuffler

A.P. Carter
15
Pretty Polly
04:04
?? ??? 1964
John's Country Quartet Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley



George Shuffler

P.D.
16
Pig In A Pen
01:49
?? ??? 1964
John's Country Quartet Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley



George Shuffler

P.D. or Arthur Smith?
17
Will You Miss Me
03:13
?? Dec 1963
John's Country Quartet Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley



George Shuffler

P.D. or Arthur Smith?
18
Where The Soul Never Dies
01:33
?? Dec 1965
An Empty Mansion Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

George Shuffler
George Shuffler

William M. Golden
19
Dust On The Bible
01:17
05 Jun 1965
Bluegrass Gospel Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Sonny Miller
Curley Lambert

Jack Cooke

J. Bailes / W. Bailes
20
Single Girl
02:59
16 Oct 1966
Together For The Last Time Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


Melvin Goins
George Ahuffler

A.P. Carter

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