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The Stanley Brothers - Mountain Song Favorites

Featuring 5 String Banjo

(Starday SLP-106) Nov 1959


Mountain Song Favorites
Rear Cover Side One Side Two
Front Cover (UK Issue) Rear Cover (UK Issue)
Front Cover (Nashville Reissue) Rear Cover (Nashville Reissue) Side One (Nashville Reissue) Side Two (Nashville Reissue)

Sometime around 1957, things were in flux at Mercury. A deal between the label and Starday, which saw releases credited as Mercury-Starday and allowed for cross-licensing between them soon fell apart. The Stanley Brothers, along with most of Mercury's country roster were dropped by the label and subsequently picked up by Don Pierce at Starday.[1]

The Stanley Brothers first Starday session in the summer of 1958, resulted in two singles. The first, Gonna Paint The Town / That Happy Night (Starday 406) was released in Sept/Oct. 1958 and the second was a Christmas single with Christmas Is Near / Holiday Pickin' (Starday 413) released in Nov. 1958. Except for Christmas Is Near all three cuts were included on the LP.

In the summer of 1959, The Stanleys recorded two further sessions at their home base at WNER-Live Oak, Florida to complete the album. Another single was released in advance of the album's release:- Beneath The Maple / Trust Each Other (Starday 438) Jun 1959, and Starday also released a Picture Sleeve EP with Beneath The Maple / Choo Choo Comin' // Carolina Mountain Home / Trust Each Other (Starday SEP-107) in 1959. A further single, Another Night / Highway Of Regret (Starday 466) was released around the time of the LP in Nov. 1959.

Curiously, Don Pierce included the Mercury recording of Daybreak In Dixie on the album, but re-named it Ralph's Banjo Special... I think this was the first time it had been released, as the Mercury Hard Times LP didn't appear until Nov. 1963.

'Mountain Song Favorites' is another of the Stanley's classic albums, with great performances and songs which have largely become bluegrass standards and signature 'Stanley' style songs.

The album was also issued in the UK (Melodisc MLP 12-118) 196? and reissued (Nashville NLP 2014) Aug. 1964. Nowadays, with the exception of Daybreak In Dixie it is probably best found on The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 4xCD box set. The Mercury version of Daybreak In Dixie can be found on The Complete Mercury Recordings.

Note that the track list on the original rear cover has Trust Each Other and Gonna Paint The Town listed in the wrong order!

 

For detailed information on these songs / sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 86-88, 96-98, 137 and 141.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
A-1
Ridin' That Midnight Train
02:03
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


R. Stanley
A-2
Another Night
03:03
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Jack Adkins
A-3
Beneath The Maple (On The Hill)
02:45
Summer 1959
Starday 438 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Gussie L. Davis
A-4
Daybreak In Dixie
02:00
15 Nov 1957
Hard Times Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Benny Martin / Howard Forrester
Bill Napier
Curley Lambert


Bill Napier
A-5
Gonna Paint The Town
02:21
Summer 1958
Starday 406 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley
A-6
Trust Each Other
02:30
Summer 1959
Starday 438 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


R. Stanley
B-1
Highway Of Regret
02:04
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Donald 'Chubby' Anthony
B-2
A Little At A Time
02:27
Summer 1959
Mountain Song Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


M.H. 'Red' Malone / R. Stanley
B-3
Choo Choo Comin'
02:34
Summer 1959
Starday SEP-107 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Corbet 'Cuddles' Newsome
B-4
Holiday Pickin'
02:12
Summer 1958 Starday 413 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley
B-5
Carolina Mountain Home
02:20
Summer 1959
Starday SEP-107 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
Bill Napier
Al Elliot


Len Wright / Estel Lee Scarborough
B-6
That Happy Night
02:18
Summer 1958
Starday 406 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Joe Meadows
Bill Napier
Al Elliot
Gene Meadows

R. Stanley

Go To Top Of Page [1] In 1956 Bill Clifton finished his military service. Carter Stanley told him to speak to Dee Kilpatrick at Mercury, who had signed The Stanley Brothers and oversaw their early Mercury sessions. Kilpatrick however was planning to leave the label and take up a job managing the Grand Ole Opry. He told Bill that A&R for Mercury would be taken over by Don Pierce who also ran Starday. Bill:- "Don Pierce apparently had said to Mercury that he would represent Mercury in the studios in Nashville and feed the masters back into the Mercury label. Initially it said Mercury-Starday on the labels, on 78s and 45s, and then the next one came out, also on a 78, but it read only Mercury. Why, I don't know, probably an oversight on Mercury's part, because Don had an agreement with them that it should be Mercury-Starday. After that, they split up, primarily because Mercury decided to keep George Jones who sold more records than all the other artists put together and drop everybody else. They (Starday) were then virtually the only label for bluegrass and old timey music, after all the other labels had dropped just about everybody, except Decca still had Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin and Columbia still had Flatt and Scruggs, while the Osborne Brothers had just signed with MGM. So they droped all of us like hot potatoes. Carl Story, the Stanley Brothers, Don Pierce said, 'Well okay, if Mercury drops you, I'll take you'. So he decided to have all of us on his Starday label. As a result he became 'the' bluegrass label as he had everybody. There was no place else for us to go." Rienk Janssen liner notes to Bill Clifton - 'Around The World To Poor Valley' 8xCD box set (Bear Family BCD-16425) 2001 (p.30).