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Saturday Night & Sunday Morning
Genres: Country, Jazz, Pop, Christian, Gospel
Most people don't remember when bluegrass lived next to its brethren on country radio and on country charts. Ralph Stanley, of course, does remember. On this remarkable 1992 recording, he invites a myriad of guests from th... more »
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Most people don't remember when bluegrass lived next to its brethren on country radio and on country charts. Ralph Stanley, of course, does remember. On this remarkable 1992 recording, he invites a myriad of guests from the whole of country music, not from just bluegrass, and the result is a collection that highlights the timeless connection between all of country music's styles: sincerity and reality conveyed through simple melodies and heartfelt singing. Disc 1 focuses on the secular, disc 2 the spiritual, and along the way, Stanley matches his raw tenor with everyone from bluegrassers (Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Charlie Waller, Larry Sparks, Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss) to honky-tonkers (George Jones, Dwight Yoakam) to storytellers (Tom T. Hall) to country divas (Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless). No matter who sits in, Stanley's wonderfully unrefined voice and fleet banjo hold fast. --Marc Greilsamer
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b | California | 11/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Only the best happenin' here! Killer harmonies and powerful songs. The Best (Ralph Stanley) singing with The Best (all the rest). One really great song after another...... (one cd has "saturday night" energy, and other has "sunday morning" energy) ----- Every song (5) with Judy Marshall is just fantastic (of course). "Heaven's Bright Shore" (w/Judy Marshall and Allison Krauss) is superb and one of the very best here....... This beyond-great sounding trio also sings "A Vision of Mother" (the original song, written by Carter and Ralph Stanley, is on the Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers (c.1948) - and this is one of the best Stanley Brothers albums you could have). ------------- There are so many great songs here - just one right after another -like Midnite Storm w/Vince Gill, I'll Meet you in Church Sunday Morn w/Bill Monroe, Great High Mountain, w/emmylou Harris and Judy Marshall, Sea of Regret/All I ever Loved was You, w/ Ricky Scaggs---------- but my personal pick for the number one killer song goes to "Going Up Home to Live in Green Pastures" with Larry Sparks. It is simple and powerful and it takes me there.............. I give this cd 100 diamonds on black velvet... and those would be stars...."
Eugene Colon | 06/12/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I'm sorry, but I'm getting tired of these guest star/tribute albums. I'm finding most to be disappointing, including this one.
Yes, the lineup on these two discs is outstanding, and I'm a big Ralph Stanley fan. The musicianship on the discs is, not surprisingly, first rate. Same for the recording and song selection. And Ralph is in fine form. But IMHO the sum does not equal the parts. There's no flow to the recording, and most importantly, there is a lack of intensity and feeling that is definitely present on so many of Stanley's other discs, solo and with the Clinch Mountain Boys. Iif you want to know what makes Stanley special, stick to his original stuff.