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The Stanley Brothers/Reno & Smiley - Blue Grass Special

(Stateside SR-8019) 1964


Blue Grass Special
Rear Cover Side One Side Two

I'm not sure on the date for this Japanese compilation which contains six tracks each by The Stanley Brothers and Don Reno & Red Smiley. There's no date mentioned on the artwork as far as I can tell, but I'm guessing at circa 1964, as the style of the sleeve construction and rear text layout is very similiar to the Japanese Odeon The Best Of The Stanley Brothers album.

The material featured by the Stanley's is all from their King debut recorded in late Sept / early Oct 1958, and the Don Reno & Red Smiley material similiarly dates from 1958. The front cover also makes use of the front sleeve photos from the Stanley's The Stanley Brothers And The Clinch Mountain Boys album, and the Don Reno & Red Smiley's 'Someone Will Love Me In Heaven' (King 617) LP, which were both released in 1959.

The LP is pressed in translucent red vinyl and it comes with a one-sided 12" x 12" lyric sheet with the lyrics to seven of the twelve featured songs.

All six of the Stanley's numbers can be found on The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 4xCD set, and similiarly the Don Reno & Red Smiley tracks are all on the Reno & Smiley - 'Early Years 1951-1959 Collector's Box Set' (Gusto GT7-0959-2) 4xCD set.

PS: If anyone can provide a more correct date of release for this one, please get in touch via the Contact page - thanks!

 

For detailed information on the Stanley's songs / sessions, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 91-93, and 139-140.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
A-1
Dixie Breakdown - Reno & Smiley
02:23
06 Apr 1954
Instrumentals (King KLP-552) Red Smiley
Don Reno
Jimmy Lunsford
Bill Haney
Tommy Faile

Reno / Lunsford
A-2
How Mountain Girls Can Love
02:08
30 Sep 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot

Ruby Rakes
A-3
Let's Live For Tonight - Reno & Smiley
02:24
08 Nov 1954
Good Old Country Ballads (King KLP-621) Red Smiley
Don Reno
Jimmy Lunsford/Mack Magaha
Smiley Hobbs
John Palmer

Don Reno
A-4
Train 45
02:46
01 Oct 1958
King 5155 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot

G.B. Grayson
A-5
Tree Of Life - Reno & Smiley
02:43
06 Apr 1954
Someone Will Love Me In Heaven (King KLP-617) Red Smiley
Don Reno
Jimmy Lunsford
Bill Haney
Tommy Faile

Don Reno
A-6
Mastertone March
02:25
01 Oct 1958
King 5180 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot

Ruby Rakes
B-1
Charlotte Breakdown - Reno & Smiley
02:24
08 Nov 1954
Instrumentals (King KLP-552) Red Smiley
Don Reno
Jimmy Lunsford/Mack Magaha
Smiley Hobbs
John Palmer

Don Reno
B-2
Think Of What You've Done
02:07
01 Oct 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot

C. Stanley
B-3
How I Miss My Darling Mother - Reno & Smiley
02:36
08 Nov 1954
Someone Will Love Me In Heaven (King KLP-617) Red Smiley
Don Reno
Jimmy Lunsford/Mack Magaha
Smiley Hobbs
John Palmer

Don Reno
B-4
Clinch Mountain Backstep
02:19
01 Oct 1958
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot

Ruby Rakes
B-5
Love Me, Darling, Just Tonight
02:15
30 Sep 1958
King 5165 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Mayo
Bill Napier
Al Elliot

M.H. 'Red' Malone / Ruby Rakes
B-6
Springtime In Heaven - Reno & Smiley
02:40
06 Apr 1954
Someone Will Love Me In Heaven (King KLP-617) Red Smiley
Don Reno
Jimmy Lunsford
Bill Haney
Tommy Faile

Don Reno

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