Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - Hard Times

(Mercury MG-20884) Nov 1963


Hard Times (Reissue)
Rear Cover (Reissue) Side One (Reissue) Side Two (Reissue)
Armed Forces issue Side One Armed Forces issue Side Two

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This was the second compilation from The Stanley's spell at Mercury, yet still manages to duplicate three tracks from the earlier Country Pickin And Singin' album (Orange Blossom Special, Big Tilda and Fling Ding).

It's noteworthy that this seems to be the first appearance, under it's correct title, of Bill Napier's Daybreak In Dxie. Recorded during the Mercury-Starday short-lived tie-up, it had previously appeared on Starday's Various Artists - Banjo In The Hills LP in Aug 1959 (as Banjo In The Hills) and on Mountain Song Favorites in Nov 1959 (as Ralph's Banjo Special).

Likewise, Little Maggie is included, which I think was from the Starday session in May/June 1960 and appeared on Mountain Song Favorites. It get's included here by virtue of it being licensed to the Various Artists - 'Country Oldies But Goodies' (Smash LP 27016) LP, on the Mercury 'Smash' subsidiary.

The album also features a slightly different version of Our Last Goodbye. On the original single (Mercury 70270) Carter starts the song singing "The nights are lonely here without you" but on this version he sings "Oh the nights are...".[1] Later reissues of the song on the Japanese 1974 2xLP The Stanley Brothers And The Clinch Mountain Boys, The Complete Mercury Recordings and the 3xCD Definitive Collection all use the 'Hard Times' version.

The album was reissued (Mercury MGW-12327/SRW-16327) July 1966 and in Japan (Mercury SM-7153) 19??. There was also a US Armed Forces issue with the addition of Clinch Mountain Blues and So Blue. Nowadays, the best way to hear the album is to pick up a copy of The Complete Mercury Recordings 2xCD set.

 

For detailed information on these songs / sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 41-51, 56-57, 64, 66-68, 108-109, 71-74, 81-82 and 149.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
A-1
Hard Times
02:47
29 Aug 1954
Mercury 70546 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance
Charlie Cline

R. Stanley
A-2
Orange Blossom Special
02:29
05 Apr 1955
Mercury 70663 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Bill Lowe


Ervin T. Rouse
A-3
Big Tilda
02:03
19 Dec 1955
Mercury 70789 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
Bill Lowe


R. Stanley
A-4
Fling Ding
02:09
27 Feb 1957
Mercury-Starday 71207 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Pee Wee Lambert
George Shuffler


R. Stanley
A-5
Daybreak In Dixie
02:00
15 Nov 1957
Hard Times Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Benny Martin / Howard Forrester
Bill Napier
Curley Lambert


Bill Napier
B-1
Little Maggie
02:44
?? May 1960
Starday 522 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

James Austin 'Audie' Webster
Curley Lambert

R. Stanley / C. Stanley
B-2
Blue Moon Of Kentucky
02:15
29 Aug 1954
Mercury 70453 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance
Charlie Cline

Bill Monroe
B-3
I Long To See The Old Folks
03:06
25 Nov 1953
Mercury 70340 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Jim Williams
John Shuffler


C. Stanley
B-4
Our Last Goodbye
02:39
09 Aug 1953
Hard Times Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams
George Shuffler


C. Stanley
B-5
Nobody's Love Is Like Mine
02:29
30 May 1954
Mercury 70789 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Lightning Chance


C. Stanley

Go To Top Of Page [1] Letter by Walt Saunders in the 1967 'Carter Stanley Memorial Issue' of the 'Stanley Standard' fan club newsletter. (p. 71)