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Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - A Few More Seasons / Where We'll Never Die // In Heaven We'll Never Grow Old / Mother No Longer Awaits Me At Home

Sacred Songs From The Hills

(Starday SEP-123) Mar 1960


Sacred Songs From The Hills EP
Rear Cover Side One Side Two Alternate Sleeve

This 7" EP was recorded at the first session for the Sacred Songs From The Hills LP, at WNER-Live Oak Florida.

'Billboard' magazine reviewed the disc in their 14th Mar 1960 issue, giving it 4 stars, saying:- "The Stanleys turn in their typical, back hills-type harmonies on this collection of deeply devoted efforts. The Clinch Mountain Boys add some of those fine hill type guitar and fiddle sounds. For devotees of the back woods sound, in a reverent framework, this is really it. Titles include 'A Few More Seasons', 'Where We'll Never Die', 'In Heaven We'll Never Grow Old' and 'Mother No Longer Awaits Me', the latter three all in the familiar three beat tempo."[1]

Mother No Longer Awaits Me (aka Mother No Longer Awaits Me At Home) was a re-recording of a song from their debut 1947 Rich-R-Tone 78 (RRT-420). Curiously the original release credits the song writing to Carter, and according to Gary B. Reid his name is on the Dec 4th 1946 copyright application,[2] but on these Starday releases it is credited to Ralph, and the BMI has two songwriting entries - one for each of the Brothers!

All copies of the EP that I've seen have a rural photo on the front, credited to Carl Story, but in the accompanying booklet to The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961, there's a picture of an alternate sleeve with B&W photo with Ralph and Carter.

All four tracks can be found on The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 4xCD box set.

 

For a detailed breakdown and background to the Stanley's session, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 105-106 and 144. (Including corrections to this entry!)

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead guitar:
A-1
A Few More Seasons
02:49
?? Feb 1960
Starday SEP-123 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Johnnie Bonds
Bill Napier

R. Stanley
A-2
Where We'll Never Die
02:26
?? Feb 1960
Starday SEP-123 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Johnnie Bonds
Bill Napier

R. Stanley / Peggy Stanley
B-1
In Heaven We'll Never Grow Old
02:31
?? Feb 1960
Starday SEP-123 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Johnnie Bonds
Bill Napier

N.D. Johnson / L.D. Huffstutler
B-2
Mother No Longer Awaits Me At Home
03:04
?? Feb 1960
Starday SEP-123 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Johnnie Bonds
Bill Napier

R. Stanley / C. Stanley

Go To Top Of Page [1] https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qB8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA32&lpg=PA32&dq=starday+sep+123+billboard+1960&source=bl&ots=9HzdTl7G00&sig=cv5mB2YAJHXqW8ybVTx4xk5ga1s&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj_lNe4tNzUAhVD2xoKHQ5_A8kQ6AEIPTAD#v=onepage&q=starday%20sep%20123%20billboard%201960&f=false
[2] Gary B. Reid's book 'The Music Of The Stanley Brothers' (p. 9)