Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley - Great High Mountain

(Rebel REB-CD-1130) 2004


Great High Mountain
Booklet - Rear CD Tray

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A fourteen track 37:41 minute, CD compilation spanning 1971-1996, but with more emphasis on the late '70s/early '80s period.

I suspect the release may have been an attempt to cash-in on the success of the 2003 movie 'Cold Mountain', which featured Jack White singing Great High Mountain and credited Ralph as 'arranger'.[1]

It is a shame that Rebel seem to prefer issuing these patchy compilations, when several of Ralph's Rebel albums haven't been reissued on CD, other than as individual tracks here and there. Personally I'd much rather shell out for a copy of an entire album, or a collection like the superb 1971-1973 box set.

On a plus side, this compilation includes three a cappella hymns (Great High Mountain, Turn Back, Turn Back and Amazing Grace), which many compilations ignore despite being a key part of Ralph's repertoire since Cry From The Cross.

Rather oddly, Go And Leave Me If You Wish To is a re-named version of I'll Just Catch A Train And Ride from Ralph's Down Where The River Bends album.

There is also one unreleased cut, unavailable elsewhere - a version of Peter Rowan's Wild Geese Cry Again from 1996.

The final track, Home In The Mountains was written by Rick Stanley who is a second cousin of Ralph and Carter. The original Old Home Place LP doesn't feature any song credits... Ralph later sang on 'Rick Stanley & Bad Ridge - You Can't Smoke The Bluegrass' CD (at least on one cut?). He is also married to Donna Ulisse.

If you're new to Ralph's music, and are looking for an introduction the earlier Classic Bluegrass, Bound To Ride or My Life & Legacy are a better bet.

 

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Guitar/Lead vocal:
Guitar:
Bass:
Mandolin:
1
I've Always Been A Rambler
02:49
10 Nov 1995
Short Life Of Trouble
Steve Sparkman
James Price
Ralph II Stanley
James Alan Shelton
Jack Cooke


G.B. Grayson
2
Bootleg John
02:05
16 Feb 1976
Old Home Place
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Danny Marshall
Ed Ferris


Marvin Davis
3
Who Will Call You Sweetheart
02:37
05 Dec 1981
Memory Of Your Smile
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Charlie Sizemore
Junior Blankenship
Jack Cooke


C. Stanley / Bill Monroe
4
Go And Leave Me If You Wish To
01:51
29 Mar 1978
Down Where The River Bends
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Charlie Sizemore
Junior Blankenship
Jack Cooke
Danny Marshall

P.D.
5
Great High Mountain
03:22
23 Mar 1973
I Want To Preach The Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


arr. R. Stanley
6
Sharecropper's Son
02:55
16 Feb 1976
Old Home Place
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Danny Marshall
Ed Ferris


C. Stanley / R. Stanley
7
Clinch Mountain Backstep
02:23
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


Ruby Rakes
8
I'm Lonesome Without You
02:47
16 Feb 1976
Old Home Place
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Danny Marshall
Ed Ferris


R. Stanley
9
Turn Back, Turn Back
03:10
25 Mar 1975
Let Me Rest On A Peaceful Mountain
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


arr. R. Stanley
10
I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers
02:30
24 Feb 1971
Something Old, Something New
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Keith Whitley
Jack Cooke
Ricky Skaggs

W.S. Hays
11
Wild Geese Cry Again
02:40
16 Aug 1996
**Previously Unreleased**
Steve Sparkman
James Price
Ralph II Stanley
James Alan Shelton
Jack Cooke
John Rigsby

Peter Rowan
12
I've Got A Mule To Ride
01:54
05 Dec 1981
Memory Of Your Smile
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Charlie Sizemore
Junior Blankenship
Jack Cooke


Donnie Joe Mullins
13
Amazing Grace
03:33
12 May 1977
Clinch Mountain Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley

Jack Cooke


arr. R. Stanley
14
Home In The Mountains
03:04
16 Feb 1976
Old Home Place
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Danny Marshall
Jack Cooke


Rick Stanley

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