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The Stanley Brothers - The Best Of...

(Gusto/Starday SLP-953) 1976


The Best Of...
Rear Cover Side One Side Two

This is a budget 10-track compilation on Gusto/Starday. Some discographies, also list it as King KLP-953, but I've not been able to find any evidence it was released before 1976.

The album was one of a series of Gusto 'Best Of' compilations which also included albums by The Delmore Brothers, The Lewis Family, Charlie Moore & Bill Napier, Don Reno & Red Smiley, Carl Story... and probably others too. The sleeve design utilised a generic layout, inserting a photo of the relevant artist in the 'picture frame'. It's a shame they couldn't get one of the Stanley's that fitted a bit better!

Today, probably the best way to get all the King/Starday material is on the excellent The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 and The King Years, 1961-1965 4xCD sets...

 

For more detailed breakdown and background to these sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book. For page references, see the Original Release entries.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Source:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
A-1
Rank Stranger
03:09
?? May 1960
Starday 506 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley

Curley Lambert
Audie Webster
Ralph Mayo

Albert E. Brumley
A-2
It's Raining Here This Morning
02:26
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Grandpa Jones
A-3
Little Maggie
02:47
?? May 1960
Starday 522 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

P.D.
A-4
Sweeter Than The Flowers
03:21
14 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Ervin T. Rouse / Aubrey W. Mullican / Syd Nathan
A-5
Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet
02:29
?? May 1960
Starday 506 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Audie Webster
Curley Lambert

Marvin E. Baumgardner
B-1
How Far To Little Rock
02:40
15 Sep 1959
King 5306 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Ruby Rakes
B-2
Shackles And Chains
02:28
15 Sep 1959
Sings Everybody's Country Favorites Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Jimmie Davis
B-3
Sunny Side Of The Mountain
02:31
14 Sep 1959
King 5291 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley


George Shuffler
Bill Napier

Harry C. McAuliffe / Bobby Gregory
B-4
A Few More Seasons
02:49
?? Feb 1960
Starday SEP-123 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

Johnnie Bonds
Bill Napier

R. Stanley
B-5
Wildwood Flower
02:22
11 Jul 1960
In Person Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

A.P. Carter

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