Clinch Mountain Echo

Dr. Ralph Stanley - American Icon

The Definitive Collection

(No Label) 2016


American Icon
Rear Cover Booklet Picture CD Tray

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This 22 track, 60:31 min collection contains recordings made by Ralph between 2004 and circa 2013 at Maggard Sound Studio.

Seven of the tracks were from sessions recorded in 2004 which were previously featured on the Sings His Favorites Now and Then CD. Two a cappella numbers Me And God and Turn Back, Turn Back were previously released on the Nathan & Ralph Stanley - He Suffered For My Reward CD and contain guest vocal performances by Judy and Dan Marshall from The Marshall Family. I'm also 99% sure that the version of Rank Stranger is the same as the 2013 version from Dr Ralph Stanley & Nathan Stanley - Gospel Favorites CD-R.

From the personnel listings in the CD booklet, it looks like the remaining twelve tracks were recorded circa 2011-2013, as Mitchell Van Dyke joined at the start of 2011 and Jimmy Cameron left the CMB's circa September 2013. I think these are all previously unreleased versions...

I'd argue that the 'Definitive' Ralph collection is the Rebel 1971-1973 box set... but this is still a good set, particularly as the unreleased cuts showcase the later CMB line-up with Dewey/James and Mitchell Van Dyke. Ralph's vocals are still mostly pretty good too...

The CD was released by 'Nathan Stanley Entertainment' and is stocked by County Sales.

PS: In the booklet - the top left band photo is by Fred Robbins, and was taken at the 1972 Country Gentlemen Bluegrass festival.

 

Track:
Title:
Time:
Date:
Original Release:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Guitar/Lead vocal:
Guitar:
Bass:
Mandolin:
1
Man Of Constant Sorrow
03:57
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

R.D. Burnett
2
Dream Of A Miner's Child
03:06
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan Shelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

Robert Donnelly / Will Geddes
3
Hemlock And Primroses
03:23
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan Shelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

Landon Messer
4
Me And God
02:14
2007
Nathan Stanley & Ralph Stanley - He Suffered For My Reward
Steve Sparkman
Dewey Brown

James Alan SHelton
Jack Cooke
Nathan Stanley

Josh Turner
5
Rocky Island
02:02
2004
Sings His Favorites Now and Then
Ralph Stanley
John Rigsby
Ralph II Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jack Cooke
John Rigsby

P.D.
6
Rank Stranger
03:05
2013
Dr Ralph & Nathan Stanley - Gospel Favorites (*)
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

Albert E. Brumley
7
Old Rail Fence
02:00
2004
Sings His Favorites Now and Then
Steve Sparkman
John Rigsby
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jack Cooke
Nathan Stanley

Gary Greear
8
Little Boy Called Joe
02:46
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

Lee Allen
9
Sweet Sally Brown
02:24
2004
Sings His Favorites Now and Then
Steve Sparkman
Steve Sparkman
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jack Cooke
John Rigsby

Wendy Smith / R. Stanley
10
Turn Back, Turn Back
02:29
2007
Nathan Stanley & Ralph Stanley - He Suffered For My Reward
Steve Sparkman
Dewey Brown

James Alan SHelton
Jack Cooke
Nathan Stanley

P.D.
11
Medicine Springs
02:52
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

Bill Grant / R. Stanley
12
Six More Miles
03:34
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

Hank Williams
13
Purple Robe
02:57
2004
Sings His Favorites Now and Then
Steve Sparkman
John Rigsby
Ralph II Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jack Cooke
John Rigsby

P.D.
14
Poor Ellen Smith
02:36
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

P.D.
15
How Could I Dream Such A Dream
02:17
2004
Sings His Favorites Now and Then
Steve Sparkman
John Rigsby
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jack Cooke
John Rigsby

Candace K. Randolph / R. Stanley
16
Shout Little Luly
01:28
2004
Sings His Favorites Now and Then
Ralph Stanley
John Rigsby
Ralph II Stanley
James Alan Shelton
Jack Cooke
John Rigsby

P.D.
17
Lover's Quarrel
02:48
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

Gussie Davis
18
A Few More Seasons
03:31
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

R. Stanley
19
John Henry
03:34
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

P.D.
20
Brand New Tennessee Waltz
02:42
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jimmy Cameron
Don Rigsby

Jesse James Winchester
21
Room At The Top Of The Stairs
02:38
2004
Sings His Favorites Now and Then
Steve Sparkman
John Rigsby
Ralph II Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jack Cooke
Nathan Stanley

Randall Hylton
22
Little Maggie
02:07
c2012
**Previously Unreleased** ??
Mitchell Van Dyke
Dewey Brown
Nathan Stanley
James Alan SHelton
Jack Cooke
Don Rigsby

P.D.

(*) I'm not 100% sure - but it sounds like it is the same recording. The version on Nathan Stanley - 'The Legacy Continues' is the same length too but a different mix. 'Gospel Favorites' was mentioned on the Bluegrass Today website in 2013[1] although I didn't see copies for sale until 2015.


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