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4.0 out of 5 stars White man soul, 25 Oct 2002
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doublegone (scotland) - See all my reviews
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The "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack has introduced a huge mainstream audience to the joys of the old time music traditions of the southern US.
Ralph Stanley's unaccompanied version of Oh Death is a real winner on that soundtrack, and his version of Man of Constant Sorrow was without doubt the blueprint for the version of the song they did in the film.
So if you liked all that stuff this disc could be a logical next step. It is certainly head and shoulders above the many cheap cash-in compilations that are being churned out to capitalise on O Brother's success.
Ralph Stanley's voice tends to ellicit a love or hate response. Personally I find that old codger tone totally enthralling and for me this is white soul music. Craggy and unique.
And on top of that the man plays top notch banjo, with a lot more traditional content than most bluegrass player can muster.
This stuff is the very roots of country music. Its the white blues, the real deal and you should buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mournful Bliss, 26 April 2014
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This is the original and for me the best. It gospel singing at its most raw and you can smell the corn whiskey brewing in the hills. For those fans for old time gospel and hill billy foot tapping music this is a must. For me it makes modern R&B music sound childish and irrelevant. I must admit its a great find and must only be sort by those willing to let go their preconceptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 1 Nov 2013
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J. Gregory "Discust" (Hampshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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A collection of songs which will make you think and whose musicality will restore your faith in real musicianship, a modern classic
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