Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - How Far To Little Rock

(King KLP-1046) May 1969


How Far To Little Rock
Rear Cover Side 1 Side 2

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This is a greatest hit compilation, with the How Far To Little Rock title track making it's first appearance on a Stanley Brothers album.

Although the LP sleeve says, "Portions of this album are electronically reprocessed to simulate stereo", the sound isn't too bad. Nowadays, of course, all the King/Starday material are covered on the excellent The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 and The King Years, 1961-1965 4xCD sets...

By the time this LP was released, the King label had been sold to Starday,[1] and it's notable that the cover photo was also used on other Starday albums, including V/A - 'Banjo Jamboree Spectacular' (Starday SLP-136) 1961 and The Kentucky Travelers - 'Bluegrass Banjo Ballads' (Starday SLP-189) 1963.

 

For detailed information on the songs/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
How Far To Little Rock
02:40
15 Sep 1959
King 5306 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Ruby Rakes
A-2
Stone Walls And Steel Bars
02:07
14 Aug 1963
King 5809 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Henry Dockery
George Shuffler

Ray Pennington / Roy E. Marcum
A-3
Sweeter Than The Flowers
03:21
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Ervin T. Rouse / Aubrey W. Mullican / Syd Nathan
A-4
Let Me Love You One More Time
02:05
11 Jul 1960
In Person Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

R. Stanley
A-5
I Don't Want Your Rambling Letters
02:29
28 Jan 1963
Folk Concert Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Vernon Derrick
Curley Lambert

Nathaniel Nathan / Ray Starr / Gene C. Redd
A-6
Little Benny
02:07
11 Jul 1960
King 5415 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

P.D.
B-1
The Wild Side Of Life
02:14
15 Jan 1961
King 5460 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
George Shuffler


W. Warren / A. Carter
B-2
Next Sunday, Darling, Is My Birthday
02:12
14 Sep 1959
King 5355 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Syd Nathan / Arthur Q. Smith
B-3
How Mountain Girls Can Love
01:54
08 Feb 1961
In Person Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick
Curley Lambert
Chick Stripling


Ruby Rakes
B-4
Prayer Of A Truck Driver's Son
03:11
20 Sep 1965
A Collection Of Original Gospel And Sacred Songs Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
George Shuffler

R. Stanley
B-5
The Drunken Driver
02:47
16 Jan 1961
Award Winners At The Folk Song Festival Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
George Shuffler


Paul Westmoreland
B-6
Old Love Letters
02:36
11 Jul 1960
King 5415 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

Johnny Bond

Go To Top Of Page [1] Liner notes to 'The Best Of King And Starday Bluegrass' 4xCD set (Gusto/King KG-0952-4-2) says following the death of Syd Nathan in early 1968 "King Records was sold to Starday Records. The combined King-Starday catalogs continued to operate, on somewhat shaky ground, for several years and persisted in releasing new Bluegrass recordings until 1973." (p.2)