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Ralph Stanley - Classic Bluegrass

(Rebel REB-CD-1109) 1990


Classic Bluegrass
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This 51:40 minute, 20 track compilation was Ralph's first release on CD and, although there have been improvements in the CD mastering process since 1990, this compilation still stands up.

In 1986/87 Rebel had dipped their toe in the water with a couple of Seldom Scene / Country Gents CD releases. They then began to issue a series of 'Classic Bluegrass' compilations that spanned 1989 - 1994 with releases by Jim Eanes, Dave Evans, Bill Harrell, Lost And Found, Del McCoury, McPeak Brothers, Larry Sparks and Ralph.

It seems slightly crazy now, but back then the market for CD's was an unknown quantity. Discs were more expensive than vinyl and a lot of people hadn't yet taken the digital plunge.

This compilation makes a pretty good introduction to Ralph's post Stanley Brothers career, with twelve tracks drawn from the Roy Lee Centers era; six with Charlie Sizemore and two from Keith Whitley's time as lead vocalist.

The cover photo is from the same Len Atkins Studio session as the The Stanley Sound Today 1981 LP.

 

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Guitar/Lead vocal:
Guitar:
Bass:
Mandolin:
1
Love Me Darling Just Tonight
02:21
18 Feb 1973
The Stanley Sound Around The World
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


M.H. 'Red' Malone / Ruby Rakes
2
Could You Love Me One More Time
02:41
04 Feb 1981
The Stanley Sound Today
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Charlie Sizemore
Junior Blankenship
Jack Cooke


C. Stanley
3
Flood Of '57
03:02
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


C. Stanley / R. Stanley
4
The Fields Have Turned Brown
02:52
22 Mar 1973
I Want To Preach The Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke
John Duffey

C. Stanley
5
A Little Boy Called Joe
03:07
30 Jun 1971
Something Old, Something New
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Keith Whitley
Jack Cooke
Ricky Skaggs

Leamon 'Lee' Allen / R. Stanley
6
Loving You Too Well
01:56
18 Feb 1973
The Stanley Sound Around The World
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


C. Stanley
7
Train 45
02:24
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


G.B. Grayson
8
Poor Rambler
02:56
16 Feb 1976
Old Home Place
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Danny Marshall
Jack Cooke


Curly Ray Cline / R. Stanley
9
Old Richmond Prison
02:20
02 Apr 1986
Lonesome And Blue
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Charlie Sizemore
Junior Blankenship
Jack Cooke


Emmett Jr Barton / James Roy Barton
10
No School Bus In Heaven
02:44
04 Feb 1981
The Stanley Sound Today
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Charlie Sizemore
Junior Blankenship
Jack Cooke


Jack Adkins / Buddy Dee
11
John Henry
01:33
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


P.D.
12
Little Maggie
02:49
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


P.D.
13
Your Worries And Troubles Are Mine
02:38
04 Feb 1981
The Stanley Sound Today
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Charlie Sizemore
Junior Blankenship
Jack Cooke


Candace K. Randolph / R. Stanley
14
Rank Stranger
02:43
23 Mar 1973
I Want To Preach The Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


Albert E. Brumley
15
Lonesome And Blue
02:19
02 Apr 1986
Lonesome And Blue
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Charlie Sizemore
Junior Blankenship
Jack Cooke


C. Stanley
16
Poison Love
02:23
18 Feb 1973
The Stanley Sound Around The World
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


Elmer Laird
17
Little Glass Of Wine
03:35
17 Dec 1981
The Memory Of Your Smile
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Charlie Sizemore
Junior Blankenship
Jack Cooke


C. Stanley
18
On And On
02:34
18 Feb 1973
The Stanley Sound Around The World
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


Bill Monroe
19
I'm Lonesome Without You
02:50
16 Feb 1976
Old Home Place
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Danny Marshall
Ed Ferris


R. Stanley
20
Gonna Paint The Town
01:50
18 Feb 1973
The Stanley Sound Around The World
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


R. Stanley

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