Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - Goes To Europe

Also Featuring Jackie & Larry Dickson

(Rimrock RLP-200) c1966


Goes To Europe
Rear Cover (early copy) Rear Cover (later copy) Side One Side Two
Alternate cover (Sorry for the quality!)

This is a split album with one side by The Stanley Brothers and the other by Jackie & Larry Dickson. Another version of the album, with the same tracks and catalogue number (RLP-200) was titled "A Beautiful Life" and featured a landscape picture on the front.

Given the title, I'd guess it was released in 1966, as The Stanleys toured Europe in the spring of 1966, and perhaps then issued as "A Beautiful Life"?

A letter to DJ's sent out on the 27th Feb 1967,[1] says:- "Starday is supplying and distributing SLP-384 (Jacob's Vision), the new gospel release by The Stanleys but they are slightly behind in their pressing. RIMROCK 200, one side exclusive material recorded by The Stanleys between contracts, is also available." This I think confirms that the one-sided version of RLP-200 came first, not to mention the bit about being 'in-between contracts'.

A second version of A Beautiful Life, omitted the Jackie & Larry Dickson cuts, but included the same Stanley Brothers tracks, plus three from the same sessions which had appeared on a V/A - 16 Gospel Hall Of Fame (Rimrock 1003) LP c1967... This seems to have originally been released as 'The World Famous Stanley Brothers - Singing Pure As A Mountain Stream' and subsequently renamed A Beautiful Life.

The Stanley Brothers sessions for the album took place in December 1965 at Wayne Raney's studio in Concord, Arkansas, at the same time as the An Empty Mansion was recorded.[2]

This was the last studio session to feature Carter.

There are at least two versions of the 'Goes To Europe' album, with the same front cover. I think the earlier one had images of other albums, including a picture of 'The World Famous Stanley Brothers - Singing Pure As A Mountain Stream'. The second variation with the box/arrows design is similiar to the later copies of A Beautiful Life, so probably dates from around the same time.

If anyone is able to provide better pictures for the alternate cover, please get in touch via the Contact page - Thanks!

 

For detailed information on these sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 194-196 and 219-220.

Track:
Title:
Side One:
(19:16)
1
If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

John W. Vaughan
2
Jesus Savior Pilot Me

J.R. Baxter / J.R. Gould / Edward Hooper
3
Over In The Glory Land

J.E. Reynolds / W.P. Snyder
4
Beautiful Life

William M. Golden
5
We Shall Meet Someday

T. Teddie
6
How Beautiful Heaven Must Be

A.S. Bridgewater / Andy P. Bland
7
Farther Along

W.B. Stevens
8
Just A Little Talk With Jesus

Cleavant Derricks
Side Two:
(15:45)
1
I'll Fly Away
- Jackie & Larry Dickson

Albert E. Brumley
2
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
- Jackie & Larry Dickson

P.D. (?)
3
Who At My Door Is Standing
- Jackie & Larry Dickson

Mary B. SLade
4
Jesus Hold My Hand
- Jackie & Larry Dickson

Albert E. Brumley
5
I'm Going That Way
- Jackie & Larry Dickson

James Rowe / L.B. Register
6
I'll Live In Glory
- Jackie & Larry Dickson

John M. Henson
7
Kneel At The Cross
- Jackie & Larry Dickson

Charles Moody
8
Looking For A City
- Jackie & Larry Dickson

W. Oliver Cooper

Go To Top Of Page [1] Letter to DJ's by Norman Carlson, Indiana Representative of The Stanley Brothers & Bill Monroe Fan Club, reprinted in the 'Stanley Standard' Memorial Issue (p.58).
[2] Gary B. Reid's book "The Music Of The Stanley Brothers" (p194-196)