Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley - Old Songs & Ballads Vol. 1

(Rebel REB-CD-9501) 2012


Old Songs And Ballads Vol. 1
CD Tray

This 27:09 minute CD is a compilation featuring just ten tracks mostly drawn from the Rebel back-catalogue of the 1970s, with couple of more recent tracks.

It is, like it's companion Vol. 2 a rather poor offering, albeit at a budget price. For me the track sequencing just doesn't sound good, with the juxtaposition of the older and more recent tracks sounding jarring.

The previous Classic Bluegrass or Bound To Ride CD compilations are much better value for anyone wanting to get a sample of Ralph's work at his best.

The cover photo of Ralph was recycled from the Clinch Mountain Country booklet and was also the source for the artwork on the 2008 Old-Time Pickin' - A Clawhammer Banjo Collection. The photo on the CD tray is from the first Country Gentlemen's festival at Indian Ranch, Webster, MA, June 25-27th 1971. If you look closely, you can see Ricky Skaggs A-5 Florentine Gibson mandolin. Ricky:-"It wasn't great, but it was all I could afford. Keith called it the Red Bomb".[1]

Worth pointing out that Ricky doesn't appear on any of the ten tracks on this compilation either (and Keith plays guitar on just one cut).

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Guitar/Lead vocal:
Guitar:
Bass:
Mandolin:
1
Little Maggie
02:45
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


P.D.
2
Dad's Old Rocky Field
03:42
2000
While The Ages Roll On
Steve Sparkman
James Price
Ralph II Stanley
James Alan Shelton
Jack Cooke
John Rigsby

Edna Sykes
3
Train 45
02:21
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


G.B. Grayson
4
Short Life Of Trouble
02:23
1996
Short Life Of Trouble
Steve Sparkman
James Price
Ralph II Stanley
James Alan Shelton
Jack Cooke
John Rigsby

G.B. Grayson
5
Gold Watch And Chain
01:58
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


A.P. Carter
6
Pretty Little Indian
02:36
6 May 1971
John Henry
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


Curly Ray Cline
7
Hemlocks And Primroses
02:56
16 Feb 1976
Old Home Place
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Keith Whitley
Danny Marshall
Jack Cooke


Landon Messer / Curly Ray Cline / R. Stanley
8
Rocky Island
01:53
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


R. Stanley
9
The Orphan Girl
02:59
23 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


R. Stanley
10
Pretty Polly
03:34
31 Aug 1971
Play Requests
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Roy Lee Centers

Jack Cooke


P.D.

Go To Top Of Page [1] Quote from Ricky Skaggs/Eddie Dean's book "Kentucky Traveler" (p.112).
The photo can be dated to this 1971 festival, as it was the first time the festival was held and although there are numerous pictures of the 1972 festival with Keith, Ricky is absent on those & the band have different stage attire. The Indian Ranch lettering can also just be seen behind the band.