The Stanley Brothers The Complete Mercury Recordings (2-CD)

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  • Number of Discs: 2
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  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Island / Mercury

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.(Say) Won't You Be Mine
  • Buy for $0.992.This Weary Heart You Stole Away (Wake Up, Sweetheart)
  • Buy for $0.993.I'm Lonesome Without You
  • Buy for $0.994.Our Last Goodbye
  • Buy for $0.995.Poison Lies
  • Buy for $0.996.Dickson County Breakdown
  • Buy for $0.997.I Long to See the Old Folks
  • Buy for $0.998.A Voice from on High
  • Buy for $0.999.Memories of Mother
  • Buy for $0.9910.Could You Love Me (One More Time)
  • Buy for $0.9911.Nobody's Loves Like Mine
  • Buy for $0.9912.I Just Got Wise
  • Buy for $0.9913.Harbor of Love
  • Buy for $0.9914.Blue Moon of Kentucky
  • Buy for $0.9915.Calling from Heaven
  • Buy for $0.9916.Cose By
  • Buy for $0.9917.Hard Times
  • Buy for $0.9918.Baby Girl
  • Buy for $0.9919.Say You'll Take Me Back
  • Buy for $0.9920.I Worship You
  • Buy for $0.9921.You're Still on My Mind
  • Buy for $0.9922.I Hear My Savior Calling
  • Buy for $0.9923.Just a Little Talk With Jesus
  • Buy for $0.9924.So Blue

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.You'd Better Get Right
  • Buy for $0.992.Tragic Love
  • Buy for $0.993.Lonesome and Blue
  • Buy for $0.994.Orange Blossom Special
  • Buy for $0.995.Clinch Mountain Blues
  • Buy for $0.996.Will He Wait a Little Longer
  • Buy for $0.997.Big Tilda
  • Buy for $1.298.Angel Band
  • Buy for $0.999.Who Will Call You Sweetheart
  • Buy for $0.9910.The Cry from the Cross
  • Buy for $0.9911.I'm Lost, I'll Never Find the Way
  • Buy for $0.9912.Let Me Walk, Lord, By Your Side
  • Buy for $0.9913.A Lonesome Night
  • Buy for $0.9914.Fling Ding
  • Buy for $0.9915.I'll Never Grow Tired of You
  • Buy for $0.9916.Loving You Too Well
  • Buy for $0.9917.Daybreak in Dixie
  • Buy for $0.9918.If That's the Way You Feel
  • Buy for $0.9919.A Life of Sorrow
  • Buy for $0.9920.I'd Rather Be Forgotten
  • Buy for $0.9921.The Flood
  • Buy for $0.9922.No School Bus in Heaven
  • Buy for $0.9923.Maple on the Hill
  • Buy for $0.9924.Little Maggie

Product Description:

/The Clinch Mountain Boys.
The Stanley Brothers: Carter Stanley (vocals, guitar); Ralph Stanley (vocals, banjo).
Recorded between 1953 & 1958. Includes liner notes by Mary Katherine Aldin.
Personnel: Carter Stanley (vocals, guitar); Ralph Stanley (vocals, banjo); Bill Lowe, Curley Lambert (vocals, mandolin); Ralph Mayo (vocals, fiddle); John Shuffler, George Shuffler (vocals); Charlie Cline (guitar); Roy Wiggins (steel guitar); Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert, Jimmy Williams , Bill Napier (mandolin); Chubby Wise, Joe Meadows, Howard Forrester, Art Stamper, Benny Martin (fiddle).
Liner Note Author: Mary Katherine Aldin.
Photographers: Ray Flerlage; Julie Snow.
Major label Universal, which controls the catalog of Mercury Records, has taken a welcome, if belated, interest in the recordings made for Mercury by the Stanley Brothers during their tenure there from 1953 to 1958, issuing a full-priced compilation, Angel Band: The Classic Mercury Recordings in 1995, and an entry in the midline-priced 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection series of artist best-ofs in 2002. Annotator Mary Katherine Aldin makes no bones about the reason for Universal's decision to plump for this two-disc set of the Stanley Brothers' complete Mercury recordings, mentioning the appearance of the track "Angel Band" on the multi-million-selling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack in the opening paragraph of her liner notes. The success of that 2000 album has opened the reissue floodgates for more than one bluegrass act, and this is one of the happier results. The Stanley Brothers (with the varying personnel of their three-or four-piece backing group, the Clinch Mountain Boys), were still-young bluegrass veterans when they arrived at Mercury in 1953, guitarist Carter about to turn 28, and banjoist Ralph 26. Recording was not the primary element in their career; they managed only 46 tracks in 12 sessions in four-and-a-half years (the last two selections come from an undated session for Smash, a label acquired by Mercury). But that gave them time to come up with excellent original material; 37 of the songs here were written by one or both of the brothers. The cover songs include standards like "Orange Blossom Special" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky." The subject matter consisted mostly of songs of love gone wrong, with religious statements providing some relief from the romantic grief. The playing, fast or slow, is consistently impressive bluegrass picking on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, and Carter's lead vocals, with Ralph chiming in on high tenor, are the epitome of bluegrass singing. This is classic work of its type. (The collection includes four tracks previously unreleased in the U.S.) ~ William Ruhlmann
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