Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - Berkeley Ca

21st Sept. 1962

(No Label No #) c199?


Stanley Brothers

I'm not sure that this exists as an album... It isn't mentioned in Gary B. Reid's book The Music Of The Stanley Brothers, but it is listed on Hank The Smoker's website and MP3 copies have circulated on the internet.

Hank The Smoker's listing says that the "No label" releases like this were available at Ralph's gigs / fanclub, and it's interesting that shortly after the 'Stanley Series' ended, Ralph issued the "No label" 'Live At New River Ranch' CD, prior to rejuvenating the Stanleytone label that continued where the 'Stanley Series' left off.

The 320k MP3's I have, indicate that it was a 2xCD set, although Rovin' Gambler and Carter's introduction of the instruments is missing. Both are however on Sugarmegs[1] at a poorer quality / lower bit-rate, but the accompaying text file indicates that Hard Times should also be present... (Anyone who has a complete 320k copy or can verify the existance of the 2xCD set - please get in touch!)

Interestingly, Carter's introduction of the instruments includes references to Ralph's "Flathead" Gibson... According to Gary B. Reid's book The Music Of The Stanley Brothers (p.134) Ralph acquired his famed Gibson Granada "Archtop" shortly afterwards when they played in Sacramento.

On my MP3's the quality is fairly decent, definitely listenable, but not quite as good as the 'Stanley Series'. The show sounds more like a college or auditorium, judging by the song intro's and polite but enthusastic applause.

Also, I think some of the songs may be more or less unique to this recording. eg. I don't think Fast Express, Mastertone March or Dear Old Dixie have appeared on any of the other live recordings; and I certainly haven't heard Vernon Derrick's impersonations of Elvis etc! No More The Moon Shines On Lorena is also pretty rare, although it was performed at least once in Jan. 1965 at the University of Chicago's Folk Festival.[2]

This recording is said to date from 21st Sept 1962, following on from the Stanley's long running engagement at the Ash Grove in Hollywood (see Stanley Series Vol. 2 No. 4 and Vol. 3 No. 2).

 

Track:
Title:
CD One:
 
1
Watermelon On The Vine

P.D.
2
I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome

Lesley Riddle
3
Cumberland Gap

P.D.
4
Let Me Love You One More Time

R. Stanley
5
Old Love Letters

Johnny Bond
6
Fast Express

Alton Delmore
7
Orange Blossom Special

Ervin T. Rouse
8
Rovin' Gambler

P.D.
9
Carter Introduces the Instruments

N/A
10
Daybreak In Dixie

Bill Napier
11
The Wreck Of The Old '97

??
12
Six Month's Ain't Long

Dick Burnett / Leonard Rutherford ?
13
Nine Pound Hammer

P.D.
14
Rank Stranger

Albert E. Brumley
15
Cripple Creek (Theme)

P.D.
CD Two:
 
1
Salty Dog Blues

Wiley Morris / Zeke Morris
2
Hills Of Roane County

Willis Maberry
3
Big Tilda

R. Stanley
4
No More The Moon Shines On Lorena

A.P. Carter
5
White Dove

C. Stanley
6
Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet

Marvin E. Baumgardner
7
Mountain Dew

Bascom Lamar Lunsford / Scotty Wiseman
8
Vernon Derrick doing impersonations

N/A
9
Little Maggie

P.D.
10
True Life Blues

Pete Pyle
11
Back Up And Push

P.D.
12
Little Glass Of Wine

C. Stanley
13
I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow

R.D. Burnett
14
Mother's Not Dead

Maynard Spencer / Lance Spencer
15
Old Daniel Prayed

G.T. Speer
16
Mastertone March

Ruby Rakes
17
Dear Old Dixie

George Thomas Stoddard
18
Maple On The Hill

Gussie L. Davis
19
Cripple Creek (Theme)

P.D.
20
Lonesome Road Blues

P.D.
21
This Wicked Path Of Sin

Bill Monroe

Go To Top Of Page [1] See http://tela.sugarmegs.org/alpha/s.html or http://ia600301.us.archive.org/7/items/StanleyBrothers1962-09-21BerkleyCA/StanleyBrothers1962-09-21BerkleyCA.mp3?cnt=0
[2] The Stanley's also performed No More The Moon Shines On Lorena on their second set in Jan. 1965 at the University of Chicago's Folk Festival. The quality wasn't deemed good enough to include on the Stanleytone 'Folk Festival' 2xCD, but it has subsequently resurfaced on youtube:- https://youtu.be/INcEWR-vZcQ