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The Stanley Brothers - Live At New River Ranch

(No Label No #) c2004


Live At New River Ranch
Rear Cover CD Tray

This 'No label' CD was released by Ralph and sold through his fan-club and at gigs. The show is from New River Ranch, Rising Sun, Md. on the 15th May 1960, and although tracks 13-19 are duplicated with Stanley Series, Vol. 1 No. 2, the source sounds like it is different. To me it sounds like this is at the correct pitch, whereas the tape used on Vol. 1 No. 2 runs slightly fast.

The previous evening, the band had played at Antioch College[1], in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and had to travel roughly 500 miles overnight to make the show! That probably meant a non-stop road trip, and very little rest, so it is suprising that the band put in a good performance and aren't half- asleep.

Sound quality is mostly excellent, although as usual with field recordings, there is a little extraneous noise, including an occasional slightly annoying cyclic scraping sound from the tape reel.

Live versions of most of the songs can be found on other releases, but I don't think two of the gospel songs (Let The Church Roll On and Paul And Silas) have resurfaced from any other show, and there's also a version of Jim Eanes' Baby Blue Eyes with Curley Lambert on lead vocal.

As well as Stanley Series, Vol. 1 No. 2, other material from this New River Ranch show also appears on The Legendary Stanley Brothers Recorded Live, Vol. 1

 

For more detailed breakdown and background to the show, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 107-108 and 147-149.

NB: (*) Curley Lambert sings lead on Baby Blue Eyes.

Track:
Title:
CD:
(57:48)
1
Intro / So Blue

R. Stanley / Peggy Stanley
2
Uncle Pen

Bill Monroe
3
Come All You Tender Hearted

P.D.
4
Mountain Dew

Bascom Lamar Lunsford / Scotty Wiseman
5
Baby Blue Eyes

Jim Eanes
6
How Far To Little Rock

Ruby Rakes
7
Let The Church Roll On

A.P. Carter
8
He'll Set Your Fields On Fire

Clyde Moody / Chubby Wise
9
Paul And Silas

P.D.
10
The Cry From The Cross

Johnnie Masters
11
John Henry

P.D.
12
No School Bus In Heaven

Jack Adkins / Buddy Dee
13
Man Of Constant Sorrow

R.D. Burnett
14
Climate (comedy)

N/A
15
Are You Afraid To Die

Ira Louvin / Charlie Louvin / Eddie Hill
16
Black Mountain Blues

Leslie Keith
17
In Heaven We'll Never Grow Old

N.D. Johnson / L.D. Huffstutler
18
Cumberland Gap

P.D.
19
God Gave You To Me

R. Stanley
20
How Mountain Girls Can Love

Ruby Rakes
21
Don't Go Out Tonight

G.B. Grayson
22
Little Glass Of Wine

C. Stanley

Go To Top Of Page [1] A selection from the Antioch College show can be found on The Legendary Stanley Brothers Recorded Live, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, the Live At Antioch College 1960 LP and an nth generation tape from the show:- http://frobbi.org/audio/hamilton/Stanleys-Antioch.html