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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511149923
  • Catalog Number: 111499

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
David Glasser Mastering
Roy Homer Engineer
Gary B. Reid Liner Notes
Ralph & Carter Stanley Composer
Lizzie De Armond Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best Blue Grass recordings of all time

    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.

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