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Cry from the Cross
     

Cry from the Cross

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by Ralph Stanley
 
Originally released on LP in 1972, this was the first album Ralph Stanley recorded with what many still consider the best band he ever had, one that included not only lead singer Roy Lee Centers (whose vocal similarity to Stanley's late brother, Ralph, was positively eerie), fiddler Curly Ray Cline, and

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Originally released on LP in 1972, this was the first album Ralph Stanley recorded with what many still consider the best band he ever had, one that included not only lead singer Roy Lee Centers (whose vocal similarity to Stanley's late brother, Ralph, was positively eerie), fiddler Curly Ray Cline, and bassist Jack Cooke, but also the young mandolinist Ricky Skaggs and guitarist Keith Whitley. Stanley had discovered Skaggs and Whitley playing old-timey brother duets in a club and was so taken with them that he invited them to tour with him, thus creating one of bluegrass history's legendary lineups. The material on Cry From the Cross is rendered expertly, but without any slickness; Stanley's rough-edged tenor voice dominates, as always, and the instrumental backing tends to be minimal. "Bright Morning Star" and "Sinner Man" are both performed a cappella, and the gripping "Two Coats," which would go on to become a staple of the Stanley repertoire, is here given a sharp-edged modal delivery that perfectly complements the song's stern moral message. This album is clearly a must for Stanley fans and will also serve as a good introduction for newcomers.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2001
Label:
Rebel Records
UPC:
0032511149923
catalogNumber:
111499
Rank:
43179

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ralph Stanley   Primary Artist,Banjo,Tenor (Vocal)
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Mandolin
Keith Whitley   Guitar,Vocals
Curley Ray Cline   Fiddle
Jack Cooke   Bass,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Ed Ferris   Bass
Cliff Waldron   Hand Clapping
Roy Lee Centers   Guitar,Vocals
Clinch Mountain Boys   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Composer
Charles R. Freeland   Producer
Roy Homer   Engineer
Gary B. Reid   Liner Notes
Ralph & Carter Stanley   Composer
Lizzie De Armond   Composer

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Cry from the Cross 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A seminal work embodying some of the best Primitive Baptist musical performances of traditional American hymnody on record. A must have for any true Bluegrass lover.