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The Stanley Brothers - Starday Sessions

(County CCS-106/7) 1984


Starday Sessions
Rear sleeve picture from 'The Bluegrass Sound Of...'

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This double LP set is a collection of material the Stanley's recorded for Starday, i.e:- all of the cuts from Sacred Songs From The Hills; all of the tracks from Mountain Song Favorites - except for Daybreak In Dixie aka Ralph's Banjo Special (which had been licensed from Mercury); five of the 'Stanley' cuts on The Mountain Music Sound Of The Stanley Brothers (all except Come All Ye Tenderhearted which had been licensed from Wayne Raney/Rimrock); and Christmas Is Near which was later re-recorded in 1960.[1]

The Cover art is mildly interesting, as it features a painting of a King promotional photograph, that was also used on Ralph's The Bluegrass Sound Of... LP.

Nowadays, all of the Starday recordings can be found on the 4xCD The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 box set.

 

For more detailed breakdown and background to these sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 86-88, 96-98, 105-106, 108-111, 137, 141, 144, and 149-150.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Source:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
A-1
Holiday Pickin'
02:12
Summer 1958
Starday 413 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley
A-2
Gonna Paint The Town
02:21
Summer 1958
Starday 406 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley
A-3
That Happy Night
02:18
Summer 1958
Starday 406 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley
A-4
Christmas Is Near
02:11
Summer 1958
Starday 413 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley
A-5
Choo Choo Comin'
02:34
Summer 1959
Starday SEP-107 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Corbet 'Cuddles' Newsome
A-6
Carolina Mountain Home
02:20
Summer 1959
Starday SEP-107 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Len Wright / Estel Lee Scarborough
A-7
Trust Each Other
02:30
Summer 1959
Starday 438 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


R. Stanley
B-1
Beneath The Maple (On The Hill)
02:45
Summer 1959
Starday 438 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Gussie L. Davis
B-2
Highway Of Regret
02:04
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Donald 'Chubby' Anthony
B-3
A Little At A Time
02:27
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


M.H. 'Red' Malone / R. Stanley
B-4
Another Night
03:03
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Jack Adkins
B-5
Ridin' That Midnight Train
02:03
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


R. Stanley
B-6
A Few More Seasons
02:49
?? Feb 1960
Starday SEP-123 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Johnnie Bonds
Bill Napier

R. Stanley
B-7
Where We'll Never Die
02:26
?? Feb 1960
Starday SEP-123 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Johnnie Bonds
Bill Napier

R. Stanley / Peggy Stanley
C-1
In Heaven We'll Never Grow Old
02:31
?? Feb 1960
Starday SEP-123 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Johnnie Bonds
Bill Napier

N.D. Johnson / L.D. Huffstutler
C-2
Mother No Longer Awaits Me At Home
03:04
?? Feb 1960
Starday SEP-123 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Johnnie Bonds
Bill Napier

R. Stanley / C. Stanley
C-3
If I Lose
02:10
?? May 1960
Starday 546 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

R. Stanley
C-4
Little Maggie
02:47
?? May 1960
Starday 522 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

P.D.
C-5
God Gave You To Me
02:06
?? May 1960
Starday 522 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

R. Stanley
C-6
Don't Go Out Tonight
02:32
?? May 1960
Starday 546 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

G.B. Grayson
C-7
The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn
02:56
?? May 1960
Sacred Songs From The Hills Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

R. Stanley
D-1
Rank Stranger
03:09
?? May 1960
Starday 506 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley

Curley Lambert
Audie Webster
Ralph Mayo

Albert E. Brumley
D-2
Let The Church Roll On
02:10
?? May 1960
Sacred Songs From The Hills Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley

Curley Lambert
Audie Webster
Ralph Mayo

A.P. Carter
D-3
Rock Of Ages
02:51
?? May 1960
Sacred Songs From The Hills Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

Augustus Toplady
D-4
I Saw The Light
02:14
?? May 1960
Sacred Songs From The Hills Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

Hank Williams
D-5
What A Friend
03:34
?? May 1960
Sacred Songs From The Hills Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

Joseph Scriven
D-6
Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet
02:29
?? May 1960
Starday 506 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

Marvin E. Baumgardner
D-7
I'm Ready To Go
02:29
?? May 1960
Sacred Songs From The Hills Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Curley Lambert
Audie Webster


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Go To Top Of Page [1] I'm not sure whether the version of Christmas Is Near on this compilation is the Summer '58 recording that was used on the Starday 413 single, or the re-recording which was first issued on the Various Artists' Y'All Come - Have A Country Christmas LP.