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The King Years 1961-1965

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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, 111-track box covers the later part of the middle period of their recording career, collecting virtually every side the brothers recorded for the King record label between 1961 and 1965. That's a whole lot of Stanley Brothers, but the musical quality, integrity, and execution of this storied duo never waver ...
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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, 111-track box covers the later part of the middle period of their recording career, collecting virtually every side the brothers recorded for the King record label between 1961 and 1965. 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 really did waver one bit any time the two of them stepped in front of the microphones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • Label: King
  • UPC: 792014095027
  • Catalog Number: 0950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Bessie (4:02)
  2. 2 Mother's Only Sleeping (2:46)
  3. 3 Old Country Church (2:12)
  4. 4 Campin' in Canaan Land (2:10)
  5. 5 Mother Call My Name in Prayer (2:44)
  6. 6 Working on a Building (2:29)
  7. 7 Somebody Touched Me (2:16)
  8. 8 Dying a Sinner's Death (2:43)
  9. 9 Village Church Yard (2:34)
  10. 10 A Few More Years (2:56)
  11. 11 Kneel at the Cross (2:18)
  12. 12 My Sinful Past (2:13)
  13. 13 How Mountain Girls Can Love (1:54)
  14. 14 There Is a Trap (3:06)
  15. 15 I See Through You (2:30)
  16. 16 Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine (2:52)
  17. 17 Fast Express (2:55)
  18. 18 I'm Only Human (2:32)
  19. 19 String, Eraser and Blotter (2:17)
  20. 20 Keep Them Cold, Icy Fingers Off Me (2:20)
  21. 21 Still Trying to Get to Little Rock (2:40)
  22. 22 Where We'll Never Grow Old (2:37)
  23. 23 When He Reached Down His Hand for Me (2:46)
  24. 24 Paul and Silas (2:19)
  25. 25 Who Will Sing for Me (2:08)
  26. 26 I'll Fly Away (2:22)
  27. 27 Drinking from the Fountain (2:43)
  28. 28 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms (2:54)
  29. 29 Memories of Mother (2:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Heaven's Light Is Shining on Me (2:28)
  2. 2 Let Me Walk, Lord, By Your Side (3:26)
  3. 3 Harbor of Love (2:43)
  4. 4 We Shall Rise (2:32)
  5. 5 (Dear Girl) Can You Forgive (3:01)
  6. 6 It's Alright If That's the Way You Feel (2:21)
  7. 7 Drunkard's Dream (2:05)
  8. 8 I Just Came from Your Wedding (2:19)
  9. 9 Mama Don't Allow (2:11)
  10. 10 Chickie's Old Gray Mule (2:08)
  11. 11 If We Never Meet Again (2:59)
  12. 12 Hand in Hand With Jesus (3:11)
  13. 13 My Deceitful Heart (2:44)
  14. 14 Christmas Is Near (2:18)
  15. 15 I Don't Want Your Rambling Letters (2:29)
  16. 16 Just Because (2:16)
  17. 17 No Letter Today (2:44)
  18. 18 He Went to Sleep and the Hogs Ate Him (2:41)
  19. 19 My Brother's Bride (2:03)
  20. 20 Six Months Ain't Long (2:47)
  21. 21 Old and in the Way (2:16)
  22. 22 Hills of Roan County (4:35)
  23. 23 Little Birdie (1:59)
  24. 24 Pig in a Pen (2:09)
  25. 25 Whiskey (2:32)
  26. 26 Lips That Lie (2:46)
  27. 27 Lips That Lie (2:47)
  28. 28 Little Darlin', Pal of Mine (2:51)
  29. 29 Darling Nellie Gray (2:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Train 45 (2:42)
  2. 2 Lonesome Traveler (2:05)
  3. 3 Shout Little Lulie (1:51)
  4. 4 Shamrock (1:49)
  5. 5 Stoney Creek (2:03)
  6. 6 Stone Walls and Steel Bars (2:07)
  7. 7 Standing Room Only (Outside Your Heart) (2:03)
  8. 8 Lonesome Night (2:18)
  9. 9 Pretty Little Miss in the Garden (2:15)
  10. 10 (It Was) Late Last Night (2:04)
  11. 11 When You and I Were Young, Maggie/Red Wing (2:42)
  12. 12 Big Booger (2:49)
  13. 13 Sourwood Mountain (2:07)
  14. 14 Ground Hog/Red River Valley (2:35)
  15. 15 Rang Tang (2:36)
  16. 16 Snow Deer (2:30)
  17. 17 Five String Drag (1:51)
  18. 18 Never Again (2:17)
  19. 19 Don't Cheat in Our Home Town (2:33)
  20. 20 Don't Step Over an Old Love (2:42)
  21. 21 I Just Stood There (2:16)
  22. 22 Will the Circle Be Unbroken (2:37)
  23. 23 Jesus Savior, Pilot Me (2:43)
  24. 24 I Just Dropped By (2:15)
  25. 25 Oh Death (2:57)
  26. 26 Shouting on the Hills of Glory (2:52)
  27. 27 Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (3:49)
Disc 4
  1. 1 John Three Sixteen (1:56)
  2. 2 A Crown He Wore (2:01)
  3. 3 How Beautiful Heaven Must Be (2:33)
  4. 4 He's Passing This Way (2:59)
  5. 5 No Burdens Pass Through (2:56)
  6. 6 Building on That Rock (2:18)
  7. 7 Bully of the Town (3:01)
  8. 8 Back Up and Push (2:11)
  9. 9 Careless Love (2:01)
  10. 10 How Bad Do I Feel (2:58)
  11. 11 Rollin' on Rubber Wheels (2:54)
  12. 12 Our Darlin's Gone (2:28)
  13. 13 How You've Tortured My Mind (2:21)
  14. 14 I'm Bound to Ride (1:51)
  15. 15 God's Highway (1:45)
  16. 16 The End of the Road (2:15)
  17. 17 Seek Jesus (He Still May Be Found) (2:02)
  18. 18 He'll Save Your Soul Yet (2:50)
  19. 19 I Feel Like Going Home (2:35)
  20. 20 Take Me Home (2:27)
  21. 21 Are You Ready (2:27)
  22. 22 Prayer of a Truck Driver's Son (3:10)
  23. 23 What a Price (2:50)
  24. 24 Vision of the Promised Land (2:05)
  25. 25 Pray for the Boys (2:33)
  26. 26 Soldier's Grave (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Stanley Brothers Primary Artist
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Spoken Word
Vernon Derrick Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Bass (Vocal)
George Shuffler Bass, Guitar, Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal)
Art Stamper Fiddle
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals, Spoken Word
Chick Stripling Bass
Earl Taylor Harmonica, Mandolin
Chubby Anthony Bass, Fiddle, Baritone (Vocal)
Al Elliot Mandolin
Henry Dockery Bass
Ralph Mayo Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Curley Lambert Guitar, Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
The Stanley Brothers Arranger
Ralph Stanley Composer
Roy Acuff Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Ray Pennington Composer
Frankie Brown Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Brown's Ferry Four Arranger
Wade Mainer Composer
Shorty Long Composer
The Bailes Brothers Composer
A. Delmore Composer
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Webb Pierce Composer
Jim Scott Composer
George Shuffler Composer
Carter Stanley Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Kit Carson Composer
John Lair Composer
Mac Odell Composer
Bob Shelton Composer
Joe Shelton Composer
Gary B. Reid Liner Notes
Bill Lindsey Composer
Benny Williams Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Lois Mann Composer
Roy Marcum Composer
Elesa Straley Composer
Fred Stryker Composer
James C. Moore Composer
Traditional Composer
Elisha A. Hoffman Arranger
Ruby Rakes Composer
John Reedy Composer
A. J. Showalter Arranger
C.E. Moody Composer
James Austin Butterfield Composer
George Washington Johnson Composer
Ray Starr Composer
Ralph Mayo Composer
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