The Early Years 1958-1961

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Virginians Ralph and Carter Stanley, the Stanley Brothers, took the traditional Appalachian string band songs of their home and updated them into a traditionally rooted modern bluegrass sound that was singular for its authentic tone, no-frills simplicity, and at times haunting and astonishing beauty, the very model of the high lonesome sound. This expansive four-disc, 103-track box covers the early part of the middle period of their recording career, collecting virtually every side the brothers recorded for the Starday and King record labels between 1958 and 1961. That's a whole lot of Stanley Brothers, but the musical quality, integrity, and execution of this storied duo...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Virginians Ralph and Carter Stanley, the Stanley Brothers, took the traditional Appalachian string band songs of their home and updated them into a traditionally rooted modern bluegrass sound that was singular for its authentic tone, no-frills simplicity, and at times haunting and astonishing beauty, the very model of the high lonesome sound. This expansive four-disc, 103-track box covers the early part of the middle period of their recording career, collecting virtually every side the brothers recorded for the Starday and King record labels between 1958 and 1961. That's a whole lot of Stanley Brothers, but the musical quality, integrity, and execution of this storied duo never waver here, and indeed, they never did waver one bit when the two of them stepped in front of the microphones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Gusto
  • UPC: 792014220726
  • Catalog Number: 2207
  • Sales rank: 78,183

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Holiday Pickin' (2:10)
  2. 2 Gonna Paint the Town (2:20)
  3. 3 That Happy Night (2:17)
  4. 4 Christmas is Near (2:05)
  5. 5 Love Me Darlin', Just Tonight (2:14)
  6. 6 She's More to Be Pitied (2:14)
  7. 7 Heaven Seemed So Near (2:10)
  8. 8 Your Selfish Heart (2:18)
  9. 9 How Mountain Girls Can Love (2:06)
  10. 10 The Memory of Your Smile (2:17)
  11. 11 Mastertone March (2:23)
  12. 12 Clinch Mountain Backstep (2:18)
  13. 13 Midnight Ramble (2:04)
  14. 14 Train 45 (2:45)
  15. 15 Think of What You've Done (2:07)
  16. 16 Keep a Memory (2:42)
  17. 17 Old Daniel Prayed (2:25)
  18. 18 He Said If I Be Lifted Up (2:29)
  19. 19 This Wicked Path of Sin (2:42)
  20. 20 Are You Afraid to Die (2:52)
  21. 21 The White Dove (3:00)
  22. 22 How Can We Thank Him (2:29)
  23. 23 Mother's Footsteps Guide Me (2:01)
  24. 24 That Home Far Away (2:07)
  25. 25 My Lord's Gonna Set Me Free (2:01)
  26. 26 The Angel of Death (3:11)
  27. 27 Wings of Angels (2:21)
  28. 28 Suwannee River Hoedown (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Choo Choo Coming (2:32)
  2. 2 Carolina Mountain Home (2:20)
  3. 3 Trust Each Other (2:29)
  4. 4 Beneath the Maple (2:45)
  5. 5 Highway of Regret (2:02)
  6. 6 A Little at a Time (2:25)
  7. 7 Another Night (3:01)
  8. 8 Ridin' That Midnite Train (2:02)
  9. 9 Mountain Dew (2:44)
  10. 10 Sunny Side of the Mountain (2:30)
  11. 11 Tragic Romance (2:59)
  12. 12 Shenandoah Waltz (2:18)
  13. 13 Next Sunday Darling Is My Birthday (2:09)
  14. 14 Sweet Thing (2:42)
  15. 15 Sweeter Than Flowers (3:19)
  16. 16 It's Raining Here This Morning (2:24)
  17. 17 Shackles and Chains (2:26)
  18. 18 Weepin' Willow (2:22)
  19. 19 Old Rattier (2:04)
  20. 20 I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow (2:38)
  21. 21 My Main Trial Is Yet to Come (3:04)
  22. 22 Mother Left Me Her Bible (2:23)
  23. 23 Jacob's Vision (2:15)
  24. 24 I'll Not Be a Stranger (3:05)
  25. 25 From the Manger to the Cross (2:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Purple Robe (2:40)
  2. 2 When Jesus Beckons Me Home (2:09)
  3. 3 Jordan (2:03)
  4. 4 Pass Me Not (2:38)
  5. 5 Lonely Tombs (2:59)
  6. 6 Over in the Gloryland (2:32)
  7. 7 How Far to Little Rock (2:39)
  8. 8 A Few More Seasons (2:49)
  9. 9 Where We'll Never Die (2:24)
  10. 10 In Heaven, We'll Never Grow Old (2:31)
  11. 11 Mother No Longer Awaits Me (3:03)
  12. 12 If I Lose (2:09)
  13. 13 Little Maggie (2:47)
  14. 14 God Gave You to Me (2:05)
  15. 15 Don't Go Out Tonight (2:31)
  16. 16 The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn (2:56)
  17. 17 Rank Strangers (3:08)
  18. 18 Let the Church Roll On (2:10)
  19. 19 Rock of Ages (Let Me Hide Myself in Thee) (2:50)
  20. 20 I Saw the Light (2:12)
  21. 21 What a Friend We Have in Jesus (3:35)
  22. 22 Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet (2:29)
  23. 23 I'm Ready to Go (2:13)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Let Me Love You One More Time (2:05)
  2. 2 Little Benny (2:06)
  3. 3 Old Love Letters (2:34)
  4. 4 Daybreak in Dixie (2:14)
  5. 5 Daybreak in Dixie (2:14)
  6. 6 Wildwood Flower (2:20)
  7. 7 Let Me Rest (1:59)
  8. 8 Are You Tired of Me Darling (2:12)
  9. 9 Finger Poppin' Time (2:13)
  10. 10 Finger Poppin' Time (2:14)
  11. 11 Rank Strangers (3:11)
  12. 12 Come All Ye Tender Hearted (3:22)
  13. 13 Lover's Quarrel (2:40)
  14. 14 The Story of the Lawson Family (2:30)
  15. 15 Jenny Lynn (2:07)
  16. 16 Little Willie (2:38)
  17. 17 Big Tilda (1:59)
  18. 18 Wild Bill Jones (2:15)
  19. 19 You're Still to Blame (2:21)
  20. 20 I'll Take the Blame (2:08)
  21. 21 I'll Just Go Away (2:11)
  22. 22 Steel Guitar Rag (2:24)
  23. 23 I'd Worship You (2:18)
  24. 24 Just Dreamin' (2:18)
  25. 25 The Drunken Driver (2:46)
  26. 26 Little Joe (2:32)
  27. 27 Handsome Molly (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Stanley Brothers Primary Artist
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Vocals
Vernon Derrick Fiddle
Bill Napier Guitar, Mandolin
George Shuffler Bass, Guitar, Electric Bass, Vocals
Art Stamper Fiddle
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals, Recitation
Joe Meadows Fiddle
Chubby Anthony Fiddle
Al Elliot Bass, Guitar, Mandolin
Audie Webster Bass
Ralph Mayo Fiddle, Guitar
Curley Lambert Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Gene Meadows Guitar
Johnnie Bonds Bass
Technical Credits
Ralph Stanley Composer
Bill Napier Composer
George Shuffler Composer
Carter Stanley Composer
Chubby Anthony Composer
Moe Lytle Executive Producer
Gary B. Reid Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Chuck Young Art Direction
Al Elliot Composer
Matt Newberg Graphic Assistant
Ralph Mayo Composer
Curley Lambert Composer
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