Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph II Stanley - Pretty Girls, City Lights

(Rebel REB-CD-1760) 2000

Pretty Girls, City Lights
Rear Cover CD Tray

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Ralph II's second 'solo' CD is arguably one of his finest so far. Certainly his vocals had matured nicely in the couple of years since Listen To My Hammer Ring and like that earlier album it mostly features songs from the Stanley catalogue.

Russell Moore makes a guest appearance on the Sloas Brothers' Sea Of Regret singing high baritone, and a few of the songs are new to the Stanley repertoire:- It Sure Gets Cold This Time Of Year, written by CMB fiddler James Price; Ralph II's I'll Remember You In My Dreams; and Ronnie Bowman's Pathway Of Danger.

The CMB's regular banjo player, Steve Sparkman is abscent, so banjo duties are handled by Dr. Ralph who also sings tenor on half of the songs. I think Steve took about 18 months off from his time with the band, and as this album was recorded in April / May 1999 (at Maggard Studio in Big Stone Gap), and as Ralph handled banjo on the Australian gigs in 2000,[1] this could well have been the spell when he took time out.

The title cut Pretty Girls, City Lights is shown as credited to Ralph Stanley, but Dr. Ralph's version on The Memory Of Your Smile is shown as City Lights and credited to Walden Dahl. Walden's version can be found here and on an eponymous CD which County Sales have listed.

NB: (a) Junior plays lead guitar on tracks (2) and (6).

Pretty Girls, City Lights

Walden Dahl
Home In The Mountains

Rick Stanley
All I Ever Loved Was You

Dorothy Skaggs
The Angels Are Singing (In Heaven Tonight)

C. Stanley
It Sure Gets Cold This Time Of Year

James Price
I'll Remember You In My Dreams

Ralph II Stanley
Think Of What You've Done

C. Stanley
Sea Of Regret

Kenneth Sloas / David Sloas
It's Raining Here This Morning

Louis M. Jones
I Don't Want Your Rambling Letters

Nathaniel Nathan / Ray Starr / Gene C. Redd
Pathway Of Danger

Ronnie Bowman / Craig Market
I'll Just Catch A Train And Ride

R. Stanley

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