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Ralph Stanley - Old Time Music

(Jalyn JLP 118) 1968


Old Time Music
Rear Cover Side One Side Two Side Two
Front Cover (Reissue) Rear Cover (Reissue) Side One (Reissue) Side Two (Reissue)

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This album was recorded in August 1967 at Jack Lynch's home studio in Dayton Ohio.[1] In May, the band had cut half of their first King LP, so this is a 'quickie' album which, with the exception of Jack Lynch's Bonnie And Clyde's Hop, is comprised of public domain material.

A couple of singles were taken from the album: Long Journey Home / Going Down Town (Jalyn 45-323) 1967 (with some copies credited to The Stanley Brothers!)[2] and East Virginia Blues / Cacklin' Hen (Jalyn 45-335) 196?.[3]

It's worth pointing out that Ralph plays mandolin on East Virginia Blues, using finger-picks. I believe this was a novelty part of his act. Jack Lynch has said that Ralph used to occasionally do this on the 'Farm & Fun Time' days.[1]

Side One features all songs, with Ralph and Larry on vocals, whilst Side Two is entirely instrumental, with Ralph playing clawhammer on Bonnie And Clyde's Hop and Going Down Town.

The album has been released in two different forms, with the 'purple' cover seemingly the most common. The two versions are from different masters. The earlier 'purple' cover / black label has 'RITE 448', 'Comp. STEREO' and '30003' / '30004' scratched into the dread wax; and the 'cream' coloured sleeve / red label has 'JLP-118-A/B', '88' and 'DBM'.

The Sound quality on the 'purple' version of the album is not that great. This could be partly down to the recording being processed for "Compatible Stereo", a technique which made albums 'playable' on both mono and stereo systems, but which causes partial loss of low frequencies on stereo sytems resulting in a 'tinny' sound.[4] The 'cream' colour sleeve / red label version is a 'normal' mono master (I think), and sounds far superior.

Both sleeves make use of a 1967 promotional photo of Ralph (no doubt 'suitable for framing').

It is a crying shame that this and The Bluegrass Sound Of... have never been reissued on CD. They would both fit nicely on one disc...

Track:
Title:
Side One:
(15:28)
1
Knoxville Girl

P.D.
2
John Henry

P.D.
3
Poor Ellen Smith

P.D.
4
East Virginia Blues

P.D.
5
Long Journey Home

P.D.
6
Going Round This World

P.D.
Side Two:
(13:29)
1
Chicken Reel

P.D.
2
Mississippi Sawyer

P.D.
3
Bonnie And Clyde's Hop

Jack Lynch
4
Billy In The Low Ground

P.D.
5
Cackling Hen

P.D.
6
Going Down Town

P.D.

Go To Top Of Page [1] John Wright's "Travelling The High Way Home" book (p164/252).
[2] http://www.45rpmrecords.com/OH/Jalyn.php
[3] http://www.ibiblio.org/hillwilliam/BGdiscography/?v=fullrecord&albumid=15880
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haeco-CSG