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The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys 1949-1952
The Stanley Brothers
The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys 1949-1952
Genre: Country
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All Artists: The Stanley Brothers
Title: The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys 1949-1952
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bear Family
Original Release Date: 1/1/1999
Re-Release Date: 11/11/1991
Album Type: Import
Genre: Country
Styles: Bluegrass, Classic Country
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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(Add a few stars...) A treasure trove with great sound!
Joe Sixpack -- | Middle America | 05/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Classic, beautiful bluegrass. A great collection of early Stanley Brothers recordings made for Columbia Records at the dawn of their career. Bill Monroe's influence is obvious -- they made no secret of their debt to him -- but the Stanleys were still remarkably original, particularly because Carter Stanley was such a prolific and deeply talented songwriter. Almost all of the tunes they recorded for Columbia were new material, and every one of them is now a standard in the bluegrass canon. What's also surprising about these early tracks is the tone: over the years we've grown used to hearing these songs in typical, blistering bluegrass "drag racing" renditions -- interesting, then, to hear how mellow the first versions actually were. A great collection with Bear Family's usual fab sound quality. A must-have for Stanley Brothers fans."
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Ben J Korgen | 06/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone interested in bluegrass music or its history should own this CD. It includes twenty-four tracks, several of which are alternate versions of the same song. Modern noise cancellation techniques consistently make each track sound better than its original counterpart.

I believe that each of the tracks is equally well performed with help from The Clinch Mountain Boys, but all are not equal as examples of bluegrass music. Carter Stanley is the lead singer on almost every track, with his brother Ralph Stanley playing the banjo and singing the high-part tenor harmony.

Carter Stanley reveals himself as a much better soloist than his brother Ralph. Carter proves this with his perfect bluegrass voice which is mellower, less scratchy and deeper than Ralph's. When the Stanley Brothers sang together, Carter stole the audience. Ralph played the exceptional background specialist who could play the banjo and sing the high notes.

Carter also was the incomparable songwriter of the two brothers. This made Carter's early death so tragic for Ralph and for everyone who loved bluegrass music. The CD reviewed here brings back memories of the two brothers together with Carter's perfect voice rising above great background music. For insight into Ralph Stanley's more recent career without Carter, see my review of the CD titled "Man of Constant Sorrow."

Several songs written by Carter and performed by the Stanley Brothers with The Clinch Mountain Boys were classics that will live forever in bluegrass music history. Four of the best are on this CD. They are "A Vision of Mother," "The White Dove," "Too Late To Cry" and "The Fields Have Turned Brown."