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The Stanley Brothers - Ralph & Carter: The Later King Years (1958-1965) {Ace Records CDCHD 1167 rel 2007}

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The Stanley Brothers - Ralph & Carter: The Later King Years (1958-1965) {Ace Records CDCHD 1167 rel 2007}

The Stanley Brothers - Ralph & Carter: The Later King Years (1958-1965) {Ace Records CDCHD 1167 rel 2007}
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© 1958-65, 2007 King Records / Ace Records | CDCHD 1167
Bluegrass / Country / Traditional Bluegrass / Bluegrass Gospel

During the final part of their career, the Stanley Brothers did most of their recording for the King label, laying down almost 200 sides for the company between 1958 and 1965. All of those tracks are available in box set form should you want them, but the ordinary fan will be satisfied with more selective samplers such as this one, which has a couple dozen cuts originally released in 1961-1966. The Stanley Brothers were a consistent enough act that the songs picked for best-of comps are pretty much up to the taste of the compiler, but this does a fine job both in the quality and the variety of the material presented. In addition to plenty of originals, there are also interpretations of songs by A.P. Carter, Alton Delmore, and traditional items. The sentimental "Old and in the Way" might be the most familiar tune here, if for no other reason than having inspired the name of Jerry Garcia's side-project band with David Grisman. It's not necessarily the highlight, however, the other tracks covering up-tempo romps ("Fast Express"), close-harmony ballads, train songs, and even the odd holiday outing ("Christmas Is Near," "Just Because") and cuts tinged with novelty effects ("Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers off Me," "Train 45"). The liner notes give a good overview of both the Stanley Brothers' King years and the recordings specific to this anthology.
To an outsider, bluegrass often seems highly instrumental: breakneck banjo rolls, hot mandolin licks (one band even called itself Hot Licks) and improvised country syncopation. However, what marked out the music as singular in the early days was the quality of its vocals.

The music may have been the dream of one man - Bill Monroe - but its foundation includes not only Monroe but also Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers. Each had their own distinctive approach to singing and if Monroe's was all high, lonesome sound and Flatt & Scruggs a highly accessible populism, the Stanleys became synonymous with raw, powerful (yet reserved), mountain harmonies.

Carter and Ralph Stanley had a lifetime of singing and playing behind them when they made their first records in 1948. The later sides they made for King Records between 1961-66 are sometimes seen as inferior to those made earlier for Rich-R-Tone, Columbia and Mercury. I think they are every bit as wonderful.

By this date, Carter was wrestling with personal problems that eventually cut his life short. Like the jazz singer Billie Holiday and saxophonist Lester Young, he turned his fading health into a formidable artistic tool, channelling his demons into his impassioned, blues-drenched voice (check out I'm Only Human, The Hills Of Roane County and I Just Stood There). The combination of lyrics reeking of Victorian sentimentality tempered by heartfelt realism (nowhere more so than on No Letter In The Mail Today) is one of the great strengths of the Stanley Sound.

In previous decades, many of the Stanley Brothers King sides have been ill-served by less than ideal vinyl LP pressings and poorly packaged albums (one of the reasons some have downgraded their importance). The remastering here (by Nick Robbins), including removing fake applause from several of the 1963 “Folk Concert” recordings, restores the music to its very best fidelity, letting the power and beauty of the performances shine through unimpeded.

Carter Stanley died of cirrhosis of the liver on 1 December 1966, aged 41. His brother Ralph (now an octagenarian) continues to play the kind of music heard here. Since his Grammy Award-winning performance of Oh Death for the Coen brothers’ film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (and a subsequent role in the concert movie Down From The Mountains), Ralph has ensured that the Stanleys’ Clinch Mountain sound is now probably more well known internationally than even in the band's 1950s and 60s heyday.
The Stanley Brothers - Ralph & Carter: The Later King Years (1958-1965) {Ace Records CDCHD 1167 rel 2007}


Track Listing:
1. Little Bessie
2. Fast Express
3. I'm Only Human
4. Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Me
5. Still Trying To Get To Little Rock
6. Drunkard's Dream
7. Mama Don't Allow
8. Christmas Is Near
9. I Don't Want Your Rambling Letters
10. Just Because
11. No Letter In The Mail Today
12. Six Months Ain't Long
13. Old And In The Way
14. Little Darling Pal Of Mine
15. The Hills Of Roan County
16. Train 45
17. Never Again
18. Don't Cheat In Our Hometown
19. Shout Little Lulie
20. I Just Stood There
21. Rollin' On Rubber Wheels
22. Prayer Of A Truck Driver's Son
23. What A Price
24. I Feel Like Going Home

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The Stanley Brothers / Ralph And Carter The Later King Sides

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The Stanley Brothers - Ralph & Carter: The Later King Years (1958-1965) {Ace Records CDCHD 1167 rel 2007}

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