Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - The Best Of The Stanley Brothers

(London GT-6006) 1974


The Best Of The Stanley Brothers
Front Cover with OBI strip Rear Cover Side One

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This Japanese compilation is drawn mainly from the Stanley Brother's recordings for Starday, with six tracks from the Mountain Song Favorites LP, and five from the Sacred Songs From The Hills album. The remaining song, Bully Of The Town, is from the King LP The Remarkable Stanley Brothers Play And Sing Bluegrass Songs For You.

The iconic photo on the cover by Walt Saunders was taken at the American Legion Park, Culpepper, Va. 26th June 1966.

Nowadays probably the best way to get all the material is on The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 4xCD box set, except for Bully Of The Town which can be found on The King Years, 1961-1965 4xCD set.

 

For a detailed breakdown and background to these sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book. For page references, see the Original Release entries..

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
A-1
Ridin' That Midnight Train
02:03
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


R. Stanley
A-2
Highway Of Regret
02:04
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Donald 'Chubby' Anthony
A-3
Holiday Pickin'
02:12
Summer 1958
Starday 413 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley
A-4
Trust Each Other
02:30
Summer 1959
Starday 438 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


R. Stanley
A-5
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
A-6
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-1
Bully Of The Town
03:02
16 Jul 1964
King 5920 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Earl Taylor
Chick Stripling
George Shuffler

Charles E. Trevathan
B-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
B-3
Rank Stranger
03:09
?? May 1960
Starday 506 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley

Curley Lambert
Audie Webster
Ralph Mayo

Albert E. Brumley
B-4
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
B-5
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
B-6
What A Friend
03:34
?? May 1960
Sacred Songs From The Hills Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

Joseph Scriven

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