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1-CD with 20-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 6 mns. These are cornerstone... more

Stanley Brothers: 1949-1952

1-CD with 20-page booklet, 24 tracks. Playing time approx. 6 mns.

These are cornerstone recordings by the greatest bluegrass brother act--as essential as our volume of the Stanleys' Mercury sides. Here's the classic haunting Stanley sound, and here are the original versions of songs that went on to become bluegrass classics, like The Fields Have Turned Brown, The White Dove, I Love No One But You, The Drunkard's Hell, Hey! Hey! Hey! A Life Of Sorrow and The Lonesome River.
Not only has the sound been lovingly restored, but there are two alternate takes never heard before. Classic! Essential!

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Stanley Brothers - 1949-1952 CD 1
01 A Vision Of Mother Stanley Brothers
02 The White Dove Stanley Brothers
03 Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet Stanley Brothers
04 The Angels Are Singing Stanley Brothers
05 It's Never Too Late Stanley Brothers
06 Have You Someone Stanley Brothers
07 Little Glass Of Wine Stanley Brothers
08 Let Me Be Your Friend Stanley Brothers
09 We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven Stanley Brothers
10 I Love No One But You Stanley Brothers
11 Too Late To Cry Stanley Brothers
12 The Old Home Stanley Brothers
13 The Drunkard's Hell Stanley Brothers
14 The Fields Have Turned Brown Stanley Brothers
15 Hey! Hey! Hey! Stanley Brothers
16 The Lonesome River Stanley Brothers
17 I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow Stanley Brothers
18 Pretty Polly Stanley Brothers
19 A Life Of Sorrow Stanley Brothers
20 Sweetest Love Stanley Brothers
21 The Wandering Boy Stanley Brothers
22 Let's Part The Best of Friends Stanley Brothers
23 The Fields Have Turned Brown (alternative) Stanley Brothers
24 Little Glass Of Wine (alternative) Stanley Brothers
Stanley Brothers The Stanley Brothers are among the least likely candidates to try to rock.... more
"Stanley Brothers"

Stanley Brothers

The Stanley Brothers are among the least likely candidates to try to rock. If Carter and Ralph Stanley appear here, can Pavarotti be far behind? The back story to this track is not clear. It's likely the recording took place sometime between the spring and summer of 1960, when this song by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters began a run on the 'Billboard Best Seller'list that lasted for half a year. The song was hugely popular. It likely would have been known to the Stanley Brothers without any help from King label boss Syd Nathan.

Nathan might have helped since he was fond of sharing copyrights between his artists, moving hits across genre lines. Hank Ballard and the Midnighters were King artists as were the Stanley Brothers and so it could have come to pass that the Stanleys took a shot at this, perhaps as a joke at the tail end of their session. It's hard to rule it out. We do know that the undubbed master of this song features Carter and Ralph Stanley singing with banjo, bass and acoustic guitar. The timing is ragged and it sounds quite demo-ish. The released version, which we have chosen here, features the addition of echoey finger snaps that provide a more commercial product and nudge the performance more decidedly in the direction of rock 'n' roll.

We don't know whose fingers were doing the snapping (one story on the web has James Brown doing it. It might just as easily have been Carter or Ralph, themselves). In any case, this track goes to show that even a 'pure' bluegrass act can be edged in the direction of rock 'n' roll. The distance is often shorter than you think.

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Tracklist
Stanley Brothers - 1949-1952 CD 1
01 A Vision Of Mother
02 The White Dove
03 Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet
04 The Angels Are Singing
05 It's Never Too Late
06 Have You Someone
07 Little Glass Of Wine
08 Let Me Be Your Friend
09 We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven
10 I Love No One But You
11 Too Late To Cry
12 The Old Home
13 The Drunkard's Hell
14 The Fields Have Turned Brown
15 Hey! Hey! Hey!
16 The Lonesome River
17 I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow
18 Pretty Polly
19 A Life Of Sorrow
20 Sweetest Love
21 The Wandering Boy
22 Let's Part The Best of Friends
23 The Fields Have Turned Brown (alternative)
24 Little Glass Of Wine (alternative)