Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley - My Life & Legacy

The Very Best Of...

(Rebel REB-CD-1131) 2014


My Life And Legacy
CD Tray

Average Album Rating: 4

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This 49 minute CD is quite a decent compilation featuring eighteen tracks. The sound quality is top notch and the sequence of tracks flows well.

The material is drawn from the 1970s with eleven cuts from Roy Lee Centers time as lead vocalist; five from Keith Whitley's tenure; and just one from the Charlie Sizemore era.

The final 'bonus' track, a version of the Carter Family classic Single Girl, Married Girl, was recorded I guess between 1995-2005 and to be honest doesn't match the standard set by the earlier works. An advert for the album in 'Bluegrass Unlimited' said it was recorded 20 years ago, but it sounds later to me. It was previously released on a 78rpm disc coupled with Little Birdie (Tompkins Square TSQ22527) 2012. The 'Tompkins Square' 78's were released as limited editions on 'Record Store Day' 21 April 2012, and only available in independent record stores.[1]

The liner notes on this compilation are fairly scant, with no indication of where the tracks originate.

Ed Ferris plays bass on one cut, as on The Old Home Place album, he took over bass duties whenever Jack Cooke was required to sing.

 

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Guitar/Lead vocal:
Lead Guitar:
Bass:
Mandolin:
1
Little Maggie
02:46
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


P.D.
2
Man Of Constant Sorrow
02:51
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


R.D. Burnett
3
Bootleg John
02:05
16 Feb 1976
Old Home Place
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Danny Marshall
Ed Ferris


Marvin Charles Davis
4
Clinch Mountain Backstep
02:22
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


Ruby Rakes
5
Little Birdie
02:17
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


P.D.
6
Dream Of A Miner's Child
02:56
29 Mar 1978
Down Where The River Bends
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Charlie Sizemore
Junior Blankenship
Jack Cooke
Danny Marshall

Robert Donnelly / Will Geddes
7
I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages
03:11
12 May 1977
Clinch Mountain Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Troy 'Renfro' Profitt
Jack Cooke
Danny Marshall

John B. Preston
8
Little Glass Of Wine
03:54
6 May 1971
John Henry
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


C. Stanley
9
Train 45
02:20
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


G.B. Grayson
10
Pretty Polly
03:35
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


P.D.
11
Rocky Island
01:51
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


R. Stanley
12
Hemlocks And Primroses
02:55
16 Feb 1976
Old Home Place
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Danny Marshall
Jack Cooke


Landon Messer
13
John Henry
03:08
6 May 1971
John Henry
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


R. Stanley
14
Oh, Death
02:59
12 May 1977
Clinch Mountain Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Troy 'Renfro' Profitt
Jack Cooke
Danny Marshall

P.D.
15
Old Time Pickin'
01:45
23 Feb 1971
Rebel F-310
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Keith Whitley
Jack Cooke
Ricky Skaggs

R. Stanley
16
Katy Daley
02:08
30 Jun 1971
Something Old, Something New
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Keith Whitley
Jack Cooke
Ricky Skaggs

Eamon O'Shea arr Paul Mullins
17
Amazing Grace
03:32
12 May 1977
Clinch Mountain Gospel
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Troy 'Renfro' Profitt
Jack Cooke
Danny Marshall

P.D.
18
Single Girl, Married Girl
02:23
1994 or 2005
Tompins Square TSQ-22527
Steve Sparkman
Dewey Brown
Ralph II Stanley?
James Alan Shelton
Jack Cooke


A.P. Carter

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