Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys

(Mercury SFL 9085-6) 1971


The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Front Cover with OBI strip Rear Cover Inner Sleeve (Left) Inner Sleeve (Right)
Side One Side Two Side Three Side Four
Side One (Promo) Side Two (Promo) Side Three (Promo) Side Four (Promo)

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This Japanese 2xLP compilation of Mercury recordings included three tracks which hadn't at that time been released:- Close By, Will He Wait A Little Longer and If That's The Way You Feel.

If That's The Way You Feel was intended for release on the 1958 Mercury-Starday 71258 single, and early copies featured the title on the labels, but the actual disc contained a re-recording of A Life Of Sorrow which the Stanley's had cut at the same session. Live versions of If That's The Way You Feel also appear on the Stanley Series, Vol. 3 No. 4 recording from 7th Sept. 1958, where the Stanley Brothers feature the song in both sets. Carter introduces it as "And this is the real, 'If That's The Way You Feel'" in reference to the label mix-up, and at the end of the song adds "Thankyou friends, that's a new number coming out on LP album on Mercury Records, called 'If That's The Way You Feel'"... I guess Carter didn't figure on Mercury dropping the band shortly afterwards and it taking 13 years before his statement would come true...

Close By was recorded at the same session where the Stanley's cut Blue Moon Of Kentucky at the behest of Bill Monroe. Jimmy Martin had brought the song to Bill's attention and after it's author, Little Robert Van Winkle, had spent a week or two filling in with Blue Grass Boys, Monroe recorded Close By on the 26th June 1954. Although Bill's version wasn't released until 4th Oct 1954 he apparently liked the song so much that a couple of months after he had cut it he helped produce the Stanley Brothers version.[1]

Will He Wait A Little Longer is a sacred number, which Ralph resurrected on his Cry From The Cross album - recorded a few months before this compilation. (It kind of begs the question, whether the preparation for this compilation may have given him the notion to re-record it.)

The album comes in a gatefold sleeve, with a 12" x 12" two page 'leaflet' with lyrics in English and Japanese, stuck to the centre of the gatefold. The picture of Ralph on the inner gatefold is from his 1971 Japanese tour - see the Live In Japan entry for more details.

Nowadays probably the best way to get all the Mercury material, including the aforementioned unreleased cuts, is on the 2xCD The Complete Mercury Recordings set.

 

For a detailed breakdown and background to these sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 41-42, 45-51, 57-58, 60-64, 66-69, 71-74, 78 and 81.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
A-1
(Say) Won't You Be Mine
02:49
09 Aug 1953
Mercury 70270 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams
George Shuffler


C. Stanley
A-2
This Weary Heart You Stole Away (Wake Up, Sweetheart)
02:41
09 Aug 1953
Mercury 70217 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams
George Shuffler


C. Stanley
A-3
I'm Lonesome Without You
02:33
09 Aug 1953
Mercury 70217 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Jim Williams
George Shuffler


R. Stanley
A-4
Could You Love Me (One More Time)
02:37
30 May 1954
Mercury 70400 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Lightning Chance


C. Stanley
A-5
I Just Got Wise
02:35
30 May 1954
Mercury 70453 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Lightning Chance


C. Stanley
A-6
Close By
02:08
29 Aug 1954
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance
Charlie Cline

Bill Monroe / Robert H. Van Winkle
B-1
Calling From Heaven
02:19
29 Aug 1954
Mercury 70483 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance
Charlie Cline

C. Stanley
B-2
Hard Times
02:47
29 Aug 1954
Mercury 70546 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance
Charlie Cline

R. Stanley
B-3
Baby Girl
02:20
28 Nov 1954
Mercury 70886 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance


C. Stanley
B-4
Say You'll Take Me Back
02:00
28 Nov 1954
Mercury 70886 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance


R. Stanley
B-5
I Worship You
02:27
28 Nov 1954
Mercury 70546 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance


R. Stanley
B-6
I Hear My Savior Calling
02:12
05 Apr 1955
Mercury 70718 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Bill Lowe


Bill Monroe
C-1
Just A Little Talk With Jesus
02:17
05 Apr 1955
Mercury 70718 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Bill Lowe


Cleavant Derricks
C-2
You'd Better Get Right
02:26
05 Apr 1955
Mercury 70612 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Bill Lowe


Bill Monroe
C-3
Lonesome And Blue
02:19
05 Apr 1955
Mercury 70663 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Bill Lowe


C. Stanley
C-4
Will He Wait A Little Longer
02:24
19 Dec 1955
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
Bill Lowe


C. Stanley / R. Stanley
C-5
I'm Lost, I'll Never Find The Way
01:59
16 Jul 1956
Mercury 71064 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony / Ralph Mayo
Curley Lambert
Doug Morris


C. Stanley
C-6
Let Me Walk, Lord, By Your Side
02:53
16 Jul 1956
Mercury 71135 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony / Ralph Mayo
Curley Lambert
Doug Morris


C. Stanley
D-1
I'll Never Grow Tired Of You
02:12
27 Feb 1957
Mercury 71302 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Pee Wee Lambert
George Shuffler


C. Stanley
D-2
Loving You Too Well
02:13
27 Feb 1957
Mercury-Starday 71207 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Pee Wee Lambert
George Shuffler


C. Stanley
D-3
If That's The Way You Feel
02:33
15 Nov 1957
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Benny Martin / Howard Forrester
Bill Napier
Curley Lambert


R. Stanley / Peggy Stanley
D-4
A Life Of Sorrow
02:34
15 Nov 1957
Mercury-Starday 71258 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Benny Martin / Howard Forrester
Bill Napier
Curley Lambert


C. Stanley
D-5
I'd Rather Be Forgotten
02:19
15 Nov 1957
Mercury-Starday 71258 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Benny Martin / Howard Forrester
Bill Napier
Curley Lambert


E.P. Williams
D-6
No School Bus In Heaven
02:51
?? Mar 1958
Mercury 71302 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Curley King


Jack Adkins / Buddy Dee

Go To Top Of Page [1] Neil V. Rosenberg and Charles K. Wolfe's book "The Music Of Bill Monroe" (p. 95, 110, 301). Bill Monroe's version of Close By was released with Blue Moon Of Kentucky on a single (Decca 29289) 4th Oct 1954, and later appeared on the 'Bill Monroe Sings Country Songs' LP (Vocalion VL 3702) 1964. More recently it can be found on the Bear Family 4xCD Box Set 'Bill Monroe: Bluegrass 1950-1958' (Bear Family BCD-15423) 1989.