Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - Stanley Brothers Of Virginia, Vol. 2:

Long Journey Home

(County CO-739) 1973/5


Long Journey Home
Rear Cover
Front Cover (Fundamental) Rear Cover (Fundamental) Side One (Fundamental) Side Two (Fundamental)
Front Cover (CD) Rear Cover (CD) CD Tray

This is a reissue of Wango 104, John's Country Quartet album, which was mostly recorded in mid-1964 at Ray Davis' radio studio at Johnny's Used Cars in Baltimore.[1]

Whereas the other three Wango albums were pure gospel releases, for this one, under the alias 'John's Country Quartet', Ray Davis asked for "...just the old authentic, original sound" to which Carter replied "I'll be proud to give it to you".

And that's pretty much what it is... The song choices are quite interesting, with several old songs, dusted off and given a new lease of life. Perfomed mostly as a trio, the sound also harks back to the pre-bluegrass era.

Three Carter Family tunes are included, with Will You Miss Me, East Virginia Blues and an instrumental Wildwood Flower performed by George Shuffler. Will You Miss Me was left over from the Dec. 1963 session for the first John's Gospel Quartet session, when Carter had laryngitis. It was the only song he sang on from the session and features shared lead vocals with Ralph

Two songs come from the catalogue of Jimmie Davis who had cut I'll Be True To The One I Love for Decca in 1941[2] and Two More Years And I'll Be Free circa 1939. Fiddlin' Cowen Powers, who played fiddle with The Stanleys had also recorded Wild And Reckless Hobo back in 1926.[3]; and Bill and Cliff Carlisle of The Carlisle Brothers seem to have been responsible for No Letter In The Mail Today and Ramshackle Shack On The Hill. The Stanleys' had cut No Letter In The Mail Today (as No Letter Roday) for their 1963 Folk Concert LP. Another track to feature on that LP and this Wango release was Pig In A Pen, which was either collected or written by Arthur Smith.

Curiously, Osburn Thorpe is credited with Your Saddle Is Empty Old Pal on Ralph's The Bluegrass Sound Of... LP from 1968. As he contributed several songs to that album, and helped finance it. I'm guessing that this was also was one of his compositions, rather than it just being claimed under his name on the '68 release.

It's perhaps also worth singling out Ralph's vocal solo on Pretty Polly which is much better than his 1950 version on Columbia, and a sign of things to come.

In addition to the original County release, this album was reissued in the UK (Fundamental SAVE-40) 19?? reissued on CD (Rebel REB-CD-1110) 1990.

It's a shame that all four Wango albums haven't appeared on CD - they would after all easily fit on a double CD set.

 

For much more detailed (and accurate) information on these sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 180-183, 173-176, 211-212 and 204-210.

Track:
Title:
Side One:
(19:32)
1
Long Journey Home

P.D.
2
Will You Miss Me

A.P. Carter
3
I'll Be True To The One That I Love

Ike Cargill / E. Settlemyer
4
No Letter In The Mail Today

Bill Carlisle
5
Pretty Polly

P.D.
6
Wildwood Flower

A.P. Carter
7
Two More Years And I'll Be Free

Jimmie H. Davis/Floyd Tillman
8
Ramshackle Shack On The Hill

Bill Carlisle / Cliff Carlisle ?
Side Two:
(16:11)
1
East Virginia Blues

A.P. Carter
2
Pig In A Pen

P.D. or Arthur Smith?
3
Your Saddle Is Empty Old Pal

Osburn Thorpe
4
Nine Pound Hammer

P.D.
5
Cluck Old Hen

P.D.
6
Wild And Reckless Hobo

??
7
Rabbit In A Log

Pete Kirby
8
Mountain Pickin'

George Shuffler ??

Go To Top Of Page [1] Gary B. Reid's "The Music Of The Stanley Brothers" book (p. 180-183)
[2] https://www.discogs.com/Jimmie-Davis-Ill-Be-True-To-The-One-I-Love-My-Mary/release/7498253
[3] http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/search.php?queryType=@attr+1=1020&num=1&start=1&query=cylinder1395