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The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys Country Pickin' And Singin' (LP)

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The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys: Country Pickin' And Singin' (LP)

(1980s/Stetson) 12 tracks, pure vinyl, rare reissue of the original 1958 Mercury album. The Stanley Brothers, Carter & Ralph, front one of the best banjo, mandolin, and fiddle bands of the time, The Clinch Mountain Boys. Bluegrass from the Stanton, Virginia hills.

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01 Orange Blossom Special The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
02 Who Will Call You Sweetheart The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
03 A Voice From On High The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
04 Big Tilda The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
05 Angel Band The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
06 Clinch Mountain Blues The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
07 The Flood The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
08 Poison Lies The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
09 You're Still On My Mind The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
10 The Cry From The Cross The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
11 Tragic Love The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
12 Fling Ding The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Stanley Brothers The Stanley Brothers are among the least likely candidates to try to rock.... more
"The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys"

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.

Stanley Brothers & Clinch Mountain Boys, 1953-58 & 1959 (2-CD)
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