Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - The Very Best Of...

50 Original Bluegrass Favourites On 2CDs

(Not Now Music) 2019


The Very Best Of...
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This is budget 2xCD (UK?) compilation with 50 tracks from the early Starday / King era. I doubt very much whether the Stanley estate will see any royalties from it, but it is nonetheless a fairly decent set, which largely concentrates on the Stanley's secular material.

The 2xCD set comes in a nice 3-fold digipak and has fairly decent sound quality. The liner notes however are terribly inaccurate & hilariously wrong in places eg. Comments like "Ruby Rakes was Carter Stanley using his wife's maiden name" show a rather basic ignorance & lack of common 'Stanley' knowledge... as does mentioning Ricky Skaggs as popularising the Stanley's music in the '80s, without mentioning his apprenticeship in the band...

 

For an extensive breakdown by song 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:
CD 1:
(61:00)
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
2
Mountain Dew
02:44
14 Sep 1959
King 5347 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Bascom Lamar Lunsford / Scotty Wiseman
3
Rank Stranger
03:09
?? May 1960
Starday 506 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley

Curley Lambert
Audie Webster
Ralph Mayo

Albert E. Brumley
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
5
Carolina Mountain Home
02:20
Summer 1959
Starday SEP-107 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Len Wright / Estel Lee Scarborough
6
She's More To Be Pitied
02:16
30 Sep 1958
King 5155 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Ruby Rakes
7
It's Raining Here This Morning
02:26
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Grandpa Jones
8
Clinch Mountain Backstep
02:19
01 Oct 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Ruby Rakes
9
I'll Take The Blame
02:08
16 Jan 1961
King 5518 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
George Shuffler


C. Stanley
10
I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow
02:39
15 Sep 1959
King 5269 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

R.D. Burnett
11
Love Me, Darling, Just Tonight
02:15
30 Sep 1958
King 5165 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


M.H. 'Red' Malone / Ruby Rakes
12
Sweet Thing
02:45
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Buddy Starcher
13
Old Love Letters
02:36
11 Jul 1960
King 5415 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

Johnny Bond
14
Train 45
02:46
01 Oct 1958
King 5155 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


G.B. Grayson
15
Don't Go Out Tonight
02:32
?? May 1960
Starday 546 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

G.B. Grayson
16
Sweeter Than The Flowers
03:21
14 Sep 1959
King 5355 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Ervin T. Rouse / Aubrey W. Mullican / Syd Nathan
17
Daybreak In Dixie
02:14
11 Jul 1960
King 5384 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

Bill Napier
18
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
19
Little Willie
02:39
15 Jan 1961
Sing The Songs They Like Best Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
George Shuffler


P.D.
20
Gonna Paint The Town
02:21
Summer 1958
Starday 406 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley
21
Ridin' That Midnight Train
02:03
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


R. Stanley
22
Little Maggie
02:47
?? May 1960
Starday 522 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

P.D.
23
Highway Of Regret
02:04
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Donald 'Chubby' Anthony
24
The Story Of The Lawson Family
02:31
15 Jan 1961
Sing The Songs They Like Best Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
George Shuffler


R. Stanley / C. Stanley
25
Midnight Ramble
02:06
01 Oct 1958
King 5165 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Ruby Rakes
CD 2:
(59:30)
1
How Far To Little Rock
02:40
15 Sep 1959
King 5306 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Ruby Rakes
2
Wildwood Flower
02:22
11 Jul 1960
In Person Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

A.P. Carter
3
Wild Bill Jones
02:16
15 Jan 1961
Sing The Songs They Like Best Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
George Shuffler


P.D.
4
The Window Up Above
02:29
15 Jan 1961
King 5460 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

George Jones
5
Choo Choo Comin'
02:34
Summer 1959
Starday SEP-107 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Corbet 'Cuddles' Newsome
6
Sunny Side Of The Mountain
02:31
14 Sep 1959
King 5291 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Harry C. McAuliffe / Bobby Gregory
7
Holiday Pickin'
02:12
Summer 1958
Starday 413 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley
8
I'd Worship You
02:19
16 Jan 1961
King 5518 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
George Shuffler


R. Stanley
9
Tragic Romance
03:01
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Wiley Morris / Zeke Morris
10
Trust Each Other
02:30
Summer 1959
Starday 438 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


R. Stanley
11
How Mountain Girls Can Love
02:08
30 Sep 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Ruby Rakes
12
Your Selfish Heart
02:19
30 Sep 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Ruby Rakes / Al Elliot
13
Daybreak In Dixie (aka Ralph's Banjo Special)
02:00
15 Nov 1957
Hard Times Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Benny Martin / Howard Forrester
Bill Napier
Curley Lambert


Bill Napier
14
Mastertone March
02:25
01 Oct 1958
King 5180 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Ruby Rakes
15
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
16
Think Of What You've Done
02:07
01 Oct 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


C. Stanley
17
Lover's Quarrel
02:41
15 Jan 1961
Sing The Songs They Like Best Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
George Shuffler


Gussie Davis
18
The Memory Of Your Smile
02:19
30 Sep 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Ruby Rakes
19
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
20
Little Benny
02:07
11 Jul 1960
King 5415 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

P.D.
21
Another Night
03:03
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Jack Adkins
22
Old Rattler
02:07
15 Sep 1959
King 5347 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

P.D.
23
Hey, Hey, Hey
02:03
15 Jan 1961
Sing The Songs They Like Best Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
George Shuffler


C. Stanley
24
Jenny Lynn
02:07
15 Jan 1961
Sing The Songs They Like Best Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
George Shuffler


P.D.
25
Still Trying To Get To Little Rock
02:40
22 Sep 1961
Award Winners At The Folk Song Festival Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony

Chubby Anthony
George Shuffler

R. Stanley

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