I'll Answer the Call

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Ralph Stanley's 1988 gospel masterpiece, I'll Answer the Call, offers powerful personal testimony of how one man's faith in God sustains him even in his darkest hours. Reissued for the first time on CD, the album has it all. Its dozen songs evince the highest standards of compositional integrity and lyrical acuity, whether they be originals by Stanley (the title track and the poignant, autobiographical cry for divine guidance, "White Oak on the Hill"), traditional fare such as "Let the Church Roll On" (a Carter Family favorite) and the stunning a cappella exclamation of paternal devotion, "Calling My Children Home," or eloquent revelations of personal trials and ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Ralph Stanley's 1988 gospel masterpiece, I'll Answer the Call, offers powerful personal testimony of how one man's faith in God sustains him even in his darkest hours. Reissued for the first time on CD, the album has it all. Its dozen songs evince the highest standards of compositional integrity and lyrical acuity, whether they be originals by Stanley (the title track and the poignant, autobiographical cry for divine guidance, "White Oak on the Hill"), traditional fare such as "Let the Church Roll On" (a Carter Family favorite) and the stunning a cappella exclamation of paternal devotion, "Calling My Children Home," or eloquent revelations of personal trials and tribulations by contemporary writers (e.g., Earl Sykes' searing reminiscence "Daddy's Rose"). The vocals bringing these messages home are as emotionally charged as any Stanley ever recorded, and that's saying something. And naturally, the instrumental byplay is as spirited and soulful as the law allows. In a catalogue as rich as Stanley's, I'll Answer the Call ranks with his finest work -- its message and its music ever fresh, ever rewarding.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
By 1988, when this album was originally recorded and released, Ralph Stanley had reverted to a mandolin-less instrumental lineup much like the one he and his brother had used early in their career as a band -- a move originally designed to keep the group from sounding too much like a direct imitation of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. The material, too, harks back to the glory days of bluegrass-gospel music, and includes renditions of such staples as "Let the Church Roll On" and "In His Arms I'm Not Afraid" which features some particularly spectacular tenor singing by Stanley. "Calling My Children Home" exemplifies the unaccompanied quartet singing that Stanley had done so much to popularize in the 1970s. But this album's emotional centerpiece is Stanley's solo vocal performance of the modal and vinegary "Daddy's Rose." All of that said, this is about an average Ralph Stanley album in terms of overall quality -- which means, of course, that it stands head and shoulders above most other bluegrass-gospel records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2001
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511165725
  • Catalog Number: 111657
  • Sales rank: 131,640

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Answer The Call
  2. 2 White Oak On The Hill
  3. 3 Let The Church Roll On
  4. 4 In His Arms I'm Not Afraid
  5. 5 Calling My Children Home
  6. 6 Everything's Alright
  7. 7 Praying
  8. 8 I'll Put On A Crown
  9. 9 I'd Like To Talk It Over With Him
  10. 10 We Shall Sleep
  11. 11 Daddy's Rose
  12. 12 Welcome In
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ralph Stanley Primary Artist, Banjo, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Junior Blankenship Guitar, Bass (Vocal)
Curley Ray Cline Fiddle
Jack Cooke Bass, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Ralph Stanley Producer
A. L. Webber Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Keith Durham Engineer
Keith Durham Engineer
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