Poor Rambler

Poor Rambler

by Ralph Stanley
     
 

Any three-disc set of previously hard-to-find recordings by Ralph Stanley would be a release worth noting. But this one is especially exciting because it brings together the entirety of Stanley's work for the King and Gusto labels, much of it from the late '60s when Stanley was arguably at the peak of his considerable powers. Much of this material features lead singer… See more details below

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Any three-disc set of previously hard-to-find recordings by Ralph Stanley would be a release worth noting. But this one is especially exciting because it brings together the entirety of Stanley's work for the King and Gusto labels, much of it from the late '60s when Stanley was arguably at the peak of his considerable powers. Much of this material features lead singer Larry Sparks, the man generally considered Ralph Stanley's most effective duet partner since the death of his brother Carter. Indeed, the 36 King sides were recorded shortly after Carter's untimely death and a brief but intense period of personal grief and professional uncertainty on Ralph's part. When he returned to recording and playing it was with an impressive level of energy and commitment, as these recordings make plain -- just listen to the gritty incisiveness of his renditions of "Poor Rambler," "I'm Better Off Now That You're Gone," and the Bill Monroe classic "In the Pines." But as fine as these songs are, the real fun comes on the 12 songs that Stanley recorded for the Gusto label with Jimmy Martin handling lead vocals and rhythm guitar chores. Martin's patented buzzsaw whine and powerful guitar attack push Stanley in a way that his late brother never had, and the results are thrilling. The occasional harmonica and drums (!) are an annoyance, but not more than an annoyance. Very highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2003
Label:
King
UPC:
0792014095126
catalogNumber:
951
Rank:
83127

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sharecropper's Son
  2. Hemlock and Primroses
  3. That Beautiful Woman
  4. Poor Rambler
  5. Lonesome
  6. Lost Train
  7. Row Hoe
  8. Wonderful World Outside
  9. Sweet Sally Brown
  10. Love Please Stay
  11. I'm Better Off Now That You're Gone
  12. You Could Never Be True
  13. Roll on Buddy
  14. I'm Coming Back But I Don't Know When
  15. I'm Coming Down the Road
  16. Rabbit in the Log
  17. In the Pines

Disc 2

  1. Over the Sunset Hill
  2. Going Up Home to Live in Green Pastures
  3. What Kind of Man
  4. I Want a Clear Record
  5. Prepare Me O Lord
  6. I Wanna Go Home
  7. A Little Soldier for Jesus
  8. Jesse James Prayed
  9. Snow Covered Mound
  10. I'll Be With Dad and Mother
  11. Thou Long Expected Jesus
  12. Be Ready to Go
  13. Let Me Walk Lord by Your Side
  14. The Old Crossroad

Disc 3

  1. Hills of Home
  2. Darling Brown Eyes
  3. My Long Skinny Lanky Sarah Jane
  4. Coosy
  5. Midnight Storm
  6. Let's Go to the Fair
  7. Dark Hollow
  8. Dug-Gunn Shame
  9. The Kitten and the Cat
  10. California
  11. I Only Exist
  12. Medicine Springs
  13. Footprints in the Snow
  14. Sunny Side of the Mountain
  15. God Gave You to Me
  16. Stone Walls and Steel Bars
  17. I Only Exist

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ralph Stanley   Primary Artist,Banjo
Larry Sparks   Guitar,Vocals
Curley Ray Cline   Fiddle
Glenn Davis   Drums
Vernon Derrick   Mandolin
Jimmy Martin   Guitar,Mandolin
Earl Taylor   Harmonica,Mandolin
Melvin Goins   Guitar
Kenny Ingram   Banjo
Jim McCall   Bass
Earl Gray   Bass

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Arranger
Bill Grant   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
David Poe   Composer
Rebecca Pittard   Art Direction
Gary B. Reid   Liner Notes
Alan Riggs   Composer
Traditional   Composer
C. Haendle   Composer
Miller   Composer
Rupert Jones   Composer

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