Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - Orange Blossom Special

The Best Of Stanley Brothers

(Mercury SMX-7108) 1970


Orange Blossom Special
Rear Cover Side One Side Two

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This is a Japanese compilation from circa 1970 which came in a gatefold sleeve and featured a lyric sheet as part of the gatefold design. Most of the tracks are taken from the Hard Times and Country Pickin' And Singin' albums, which also provides the source material for the sleeve artwork.

This seems to be one of the rarer Japanese LP compilations...

As with some of the other Mercury compilations, Little Maggie gets to appear owing to it being included on the Mercury subsidiary 'Country Oldies But Goodies' (Smash LP 27016) LP, which was licensed during the brief tie-up between the Mercury and Starday labels.

Nowadays of course, all the tracks are probably best found on the Complete Mercury Recordings 2xCD set.

If anyone is able to provide better quality images of the sleeve / labels please get in touch via the Contact page!

For a far 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 Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
A-1
Orange Blossom Special
02:29
05 Apr 1955
Mercury 70663 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Bill Lowe


Ervin T. Rouse
A-2
Blue Moon Of Kentucky
02:15
29 Aug 1954
Mercury 70453 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance
Charlie Cline

Bill Monroe
A-3
I Long To See The Old Folks
03:06
25 Nov 1953
Mercury 70340 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Jim Williams
John Shuffler


C. Stanley
A-4
Little Maggie
02:44
?? May 1960
Starday 522 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo

James Austin 'Audie' Webster
Curley Lambert

R. Stanley / C. Stanley
A-5
Who Will Call You Sweetheart
02:56
16 Jul 1956
Country Pickin' & Singin' Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony / Ralph Mayo
Curley Lambert
Doug Morris


C. Stanley / Bill Monroe
A-6
Nobody's Love Is Like Mine
02:29
30 May 1954
Mercury 70789 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Lightning Chance


C. Stanley
A-7
Dickenson County Breakdown
02:16
25 Nov 1953
Mercury 70437 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Jim Williams
John Shuffler


R. Stanley
B-1
Daybreak In Dixie
02:00
15 Nov 1957
Hard Times Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Benny Martin / Howard Forrester
Bill Napier
Curley Lambert


Bill Napier
B-2
Angel Band
02:18
19 Dec 1955
Country Pickin' & Singin' Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
Bill Lowe


Jefferson Hascall / William B. Bradbury
B-3
Memories Of Mother
02:23
30 May 1954
Mercury 70400 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Jim Williams
Lightning Chance


C. Stanley
B-4
Harbor Of Love
02:20
29 Aug 1954
Mercury 70483 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph 'Joe' Meadows
Bill Lowe
Lightning Chance
Charlie Cline

C. Stanley
B-5
The Cry From The Cross
02:53
16 Jul 1956
Mercury 71135 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony / Ralph Mayo
Curley Lambert
Doug Morris


Johnnie Masters
B-6
The Flood
03:10
1 Feb 1957
Mercury 71064 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Chubby Anthony
George Shuffler
Red Malone


C. Stanley / R. Stanley
B-7
Clinch Mountain Blues
02:04
19 Dec 1955
Country Pickin And Singin' Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Art Stamper
Curley Lambert
Bill Lowe


Leslie Keith

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