Clinch Mountain Echo

V/A - Banjo In The Hills

16 Great Mountain Songs By All Star Artists

(Starday SLP-104) Aug 1959


Banjo In The Hills (Original Cover)
Rear Cover (Original) Side One (Original) Side Two (Original)
Front Cover (UK) Rear Cover (UK) Side One (UK) Side Two (UK)
Front Cover (1976 Reissue) Rear Cover (1976 Reissue) Side One (1976 Reissue) Side Two (1976 Reissue)

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This Various Artists compilation includes three tracks by the Stanleys from the Mountain Song Favorites album:- Gonna Paint The Town, That Happy Night and the instrumental Banjo In The Hills... which is another alias for the Mercury version of Daybreak In Dixie. The latter track also appeared on Mountain Song Favorites but credited as Ralph's Banjo Special, and as Hard Times came out in Nov 1963 and Mountain Song Favorites in Nov 1959, this compilation was probably Daybreak In Dixie's first appearance on vinyl.

'Billboard' magazine reviewed the album in their 3rd August 1959 edition giving the release three stars and describing it thus:- "Surely a great buy in its category is this package of country music. Fifteen performances in all, by some of the great artists in the field, such as the Stanley Brothers and Clinch Mountain Boys, Bill Clifton, Jim Eanes and others with the true hill sound. This is picking and singing in the traditional style. C&W jockeys will find the album a treasure trove."[1]

Aside from the Stanley's tracks, Rusty York & Willard Hale's Don't Do It is an excellent bluegrass number (hear it on youtube).

Don Pierce licensed the compilation to the UK Melodisc label who issued it with a different cover (Melodisc MLP 12-115) and it was later reissued in the US in 1976 (Starday SLP 104) with a third cover.

The Stanley's tracks can all be found on The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961).

 

For detailed information on the songs/sessions check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 66-68, 82-83, 86-88, and 137.

Track:
Title:
Side One:
1
Banjo Breakdown - Rusty York & Willard Hale

York
2
Flowers From The Hillside - Bill Clifton

Clifton / Dee
3
Hard Hearted - Jim and Jesse

Jim & Jesse McReynolds
4
Gonna Paint The Town - Stanley Brothers

R. Stanley
5
Cedar Grove - Bill Clifton

Clifton
6
Blue Sunday - Jim Eanes

Eanes
7
That Happy Night - Stanley Brothers

R. Stanley
8
Life's Evening Sun - Carl Story

C. Story / W. York
Side Two:
1
Daybreak In Dixie (aka Banjo In The Hills) - Stanley Brothers

Bill Napier
2
Road Walked By Fools - Jim Eanes

Eanes
3
Don't Do It - Rusty York and Willard Hale

Jimmie Skinner
4
Little White Washed Chimney - Bill Clifton

Clifton
5
Orange Blossom Fiddle - The Country Gentlemen

York
6
Old Kentucky Hills - Kentucky Travelers

A. Wilson Jr. / H. Shucher
7
Take Back The Heart - Bill Clifton

Clifton
8
Old Time Religion - Carl Story

Story / York

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