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The Early Years 1958-1961

The Early Years 1958-1961

by The Stanley Brothers The Stanley Brothers
The Early Years 1958-1961

The Early Years 1958-1961

by The Stanley Brothers The Stanley Brothers


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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: 04/26/2011
Label: Gusto
UPC: 0792014220726
catalogNumber: 2207
Rank: 105546


Disc 1

  1. Holiday Pickin'
  2. Gonna Paint the Town
  3. That Happy Night
  4. Christmas is Near
  5. Love Me Darlin', Just Tonight
  6. She's More to Be Pitied
  7. Heaven Seemed So Near
  8. Your Selfish Heart
  9. How Mountain Girls Can Love
  10. The Memory of Your Smile
  11. Mastertone March
  12. Clinch Mountain Backstep
  13. Midnight Ramble
  14. Train 45
  15. Think of What You've Done
  16. Keep a Memory
  17. Old Daniel Prayed
  18. He Said If I Be Lifted Up
  19. This Wicked Path of Sin
  20. Are You Afraid to Die
  21. The White Dove
  22. How Can We Thank Him
  23. Mother's Footsteps Guide Me
  24. That Home Far Away
  25. My Lord's Gonna Set Me Free
  26. The Angel of Death
  27. Wings of Angels
  28. Suwannee River Hoedown

Disc 2

  1. Choo Choo Coming
  2. Carolina Mountain Home
  3. Trust Each Other
  4. Beneath the Maple
  5. Highway of Regret
  6. A Little at a Time
  7. Another Night
  8. Ridin' That Midnite Train
  9. Mountain Dew
  10. Sunny Side of the Mountain
  11. Tragic Romance
  12. Shenandoah Waltz
  13. Next Sunday Darling Is My Birthday
  14. Sweet Thing
  15. Sweeter Than Flowers
  16. It's Raining Here This Morning
  17. Shackles and Chains
  18. Weepin' Willow
  19. Old Rattier
  20. I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow
  21. My Main Trial Is Yet to Come
  22. Mother Left Me Her Bible
  23. Jacob's Vision
  24. I'll Not Be a Stranger
  25. From the Manger to the Cross

Disc 3

  1. Purple Robe
  2. When Jesus Beckons Me Home
  3. Jordan
  4. Pass Me Not
  5. Lonely Tombs
  6. Over in the Gloryland
  7. How Far to Little Rock
  8. A Few More Seasons
  9. Where We'll Never Die
  10. In Heaven, We'll Never Grow Old
  11. Mother No Longer Awaits Me
  12. If I Lose
  13. Little Maggie
  14. God Gave You to Me
  15. Don't Go Out Tonight
  16. The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn
  17. Rank Strangers
  18. Let the Church Roll On
  19. Rock of Ages (Let Me Hide Myself in Thee)
  20. I Saw the Light
  21. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  22. Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet
  23. I'm Ready to Go

Disc 4

  1. Let Me Love You One More Time
  2. Little Benny
  3. Old Love Letters
  4. Daybreak in Dixie
  5. Daybreak in Dixie
  6. Wildwood Flower
  7. Let Me Rest
  8. Are You Tired of Me Darling
  9. Finger Poppin' Time
  10. Finger Poppin' Time
  11. Rank Strangers
  12. Come All Ye Tender Hearted
  13. Lover's Quarrel
  14. The Story of the Lawson Family
  15. Jenny Lynn
  16. Little Willie
  17. Big Tilda
  18. Wild Bill Jones
  19. You're Still to Blame
  20. I'll Take the Blame
  21. I'll Just Go Away
  22. Steel Guitar Rag
  23. I'd Worship You
  24. Just Dreamin'
  25. The Drunken Driver
  26. Little Joe
  27. Handsome Molly

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
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
Elliot   Composer
Matt Newberg   Graphic Assistant
Ralph Mayo   Composer
Curley Lambert   Composer

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