Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley - Best Of The Best

(Federal FED 0528-2) 2003


Best Of The Best
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This is a compilation designed to cash-in on the success of the 'Oh Brother' soundtrack, with half of the tracks drawn from The Stanley brothers King/Starday era and the remainder taken from Ralph's Brand New Country Songs, Over The Sunset Hill and Hills Of Home albums from the late '60s and the Live At The Smithsonian Vol. 2 1974 recording

With several good anthologies nowadays available, this CD is pretty much redundant.

As might be expected with such a compilation, there is scant information about the source of the material, and only brief liner notes.

In some ways, it's kind of funny that Oh Death gave Ralph's career such a boost in his mid-70s. The attention it gets is I think disproportionate to the strength of the song, especially compared to many popular and lesser-known tracks in the Stanley back-catalogue.

Rounder records Ken Irwin recently said on the BGRASS-L email list that "Ralph Stanley had what I think was his best-selling album right after O'Brother scanning over 66,000 copies (and) Ralph (also) won the CMA award for Male Vocalist of the Year."

 

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CD:
(30:55)
1
I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow
02:00
10 Mar 1974
Live At The Smithsonian
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


R.D. Burnett
2
Oh Death
02:00
01 Apr 1964
Hymns Of The Cross
Ralph Stanley

Carter Stanley
George Shuffler
Chick Stripling
Earl Taylor

P.D.
3
Shout LIttle Lulie
02:00
13 Aug 1963
America's Finest 5-String Banjo Hootenanny
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Carter Stanley
George Shuffler
Henry Dockery


P.D.
4
I Only Exist
02:00
14 Jul 1969
Hills Of Home
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Larry Sparks
Jimmy Martin
Jim McCall
Jimmy Martin

Joyce Morris / Jimmie Stanley
5
Medicine Springs
02:00
14 Jul 1969
Hills Of Home
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Larry Sparks
Jimmy Martin
Jim McCall
Jimmy Martin

Bill Grant / R. Stanley
6
Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures
02:00
21 Feb 1968
Over The Sunset Hill
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Larry Sparks
Melvin Goins
George Shuffler


Avril Gearheart / R. Stanley
7
Hills Of Home
02:00
15 Jul 1969
Hills Of Home
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Larry Sparks
Jimmy Martin
Jim McCall
Jimmy Martin

Wendy Smith / R. Stanley
8
Little Maggie
02:00
?? May 1960
Mountain Music Sound
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Carter Stanley
Curley Lambert
Audie Webster


P.D.
9
Clinch Mountain Backstep
02:00
01 Oct 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The CMB's
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Carter Stanley

Al Elliott
Bill Napier

Ruby Rakes
10
Little Birdie
02:00
29 Jan 1963
Folk Concert
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Carter Stanley

Vernon Derrick
Curley Lambert

P.D.
11
Hemlock And Primroses
02:00
19 May 1967
Brand New Country Songs
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Larry Sparks
Melvin Goins
Jim McCall
Earl Taylor

Landon Messer
12
Little Willie
02:00
15 Jan 1961
Sings The Songs They Like Best
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Carter Stanley

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

P.D.

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