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Ralph Stanley - Old Home Place

(Rebel SLP 1562) 1976

Old Home Place
Rear Cover Side One Side Two Front Cover (reissue)
Rear Cover (reissue) Side One (reissue) Side Two Rear Cover photo - Japan 1971 by Nobuharu Komoriya

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This album was recorded 16th Feb 1976 at Track Recorders... unfortunately it hasn't been issued on CD.

Old Home Place isn't the same song as The Dillards classic, but I'm not sure who wrote it. David Marshall recorded it on his 'David Marshall and The Gospel Road' LP (King Bluegrass KB-555) 1976, where it was credited to himself and Ralph; but on the BMI online repertoire the most likely title is credited to Leamon 'Lee' Allen.[1]

Rick Stanley, a 2nd cousin of Ralph and Carter, wrote Fallen Tears and Home In The Mountains. He later married Donna Ulisse, recalling on her website, how Carter and Ralph would visit whilst on the road. Ralph also sang on his Rick Stanley & Bad Ridge - You Can't Smoke The Bluegrass CD.

My Deceitful Heart had previously been recorded by The Stanley Brothers, and is also featured on the Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs - Second Generation Bluegrass LP.

Devil's Little Angel was originally released in the early '50s by The Kelleys. (The original can be heard on the 'Early Years Of Bluegrass Vol. 1' (Rounder 1013) LP). As Red Allen had recorded it in 1975, it's possible that Ralph had picked up on the song via Red Allen rather than the original.

Bootleg John was a cover of an original by The Kentucky Gentlemen, written by their lead guitar player Marvin C Davis. The original vesion can be heard on their 'True Bluegrass' LP (King Bluegrass KB-534) 1975. Apparently Keith Whitley had this in mind for a solo project. When that didn't come to fruition, Ralph decided to record it.

Four of the cuts are re-recordings of songs Ralph had included on his post-Carter debut Brand New Country Songs: Hemlocks And Primroses, Poor Rambler, Sharecropper's Son and That Beautiful Woman.

In 1985, Rebel reissued the album with a new cover. The original features a painting by Lost Kentuckian, Hope Randolph, which can also be seen hanging behind Ralph's sofa on the rear cover to his 2002 CD Ralph Stanley. From the dead wax markings, both versions are stamped from the same masters, so the 1985 reissues isn't a remaster.

The back cover of the album features a photo from Ralph's 1971 Japanese tour, with a slightly different colour shot used on the 1985 reissue.

(*) Ed Ferris plays bass on Old Home Place, My Deceitful Heart, If That's The Way You Feel, Sharecropper's Son, Bootleg John, That Beautiful Woman and Lonesome Without You; ie. the tracks where Jack Cooke is singing baritone or tenor.

Side One:
Old Home Place

David Marshall / Ralph Stanley (?) or Leamon 'Lee' Allen (?)
Hemlocks And Primroses

Landon Messer
My Deceitful Heart

Shorty Long / John A. Speca
Poor Rambler

Curly Ray Cline / R. Stanley
If That's The Way You Feel

Peggy Stanley / R. Stanley
Sharecropper's Son

C. Stanley / R. Stanley
Side Two:
Bootleg John

Marvin Charles Davis
Devil's Little Angel

Don 'Hargis' Kelley
That Beautiful Woman

Gene Duty / R. Stanley
Fallen Tears

Rick Stanley
Home In The Mountains

Rick Stanley
Lonesome Without You

R. Stanley

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