Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley & Raymond Fairchild - S/T

(Rebel REB 1677) 1989


Ralph Stanley and Raymond Fairchild
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This album was recorded at Maggard Studios in Big Stone Gap, Va. on 26th September 1989. It may not have been released until 1991 however, as it was not mentioned in 'Bluegrass Unlimited' until June '91 and was reviewed in August. In both cases they only listed the release as a cassette, so I don't think this album has appeared on CD or vinyl.

It got a lukewarm review in 'Bluegrass Unlimited'... which is understandable, but if you think of it as something along the lines of Curly Ray's albums it holds it's ground.

The album opens with a 'talking banjo' piece by Raymond, before a decent version of I'll Remember Your Love In My Prayers which Ralph first cut on Play Requests.

Mother No Longer Awaits Me At Home, She's More To Be Pitied and Let Me Walk, Lord, By Your Side are old Stanley Brothes numbers, whilst the Stanley's had also recorded Molly And Tenbrooks and Jacob's Vision. Live recordings also exist of them playing White House Blues and Pike County Breakdown.

Ralph And Raymond is a clawhammer instrumental, which sounds more than a little like Black-Eyed Suzie.

The remaining numbers are drawn Flatt & Scruggs' Cabin On The Hill and Bill Monroe's Summertime Is Past And Gone.

Track:
Title:
Side One:
(14:14)
1
Raymond's Tribute To Ralph

Raymond Fairchild
2
I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers

William S. Hays
3
She's More To Be Pitied

Ruby Rakes
4
Pike County Breakdown

Bill Monroe
5
White House Blues

P.D. ?
6
Let Me Walk Lord By Your Side

C. Stanley
Side Two:
(13:24)
1
Ralph & Raymond

Raymond Fairchild / R. Stanley
2
Summertime Is Past And Gone

Bill Monroe
3
Molly And Tenbrooks

Bill Monroe
4
Jacob's Vision

P.D.
5
Cabin On The Hill

B.L. Shook
6
Mother No Longer Awaits Me At Home

R. Stanley / C. Stanley

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