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on 2 February 2012
This is the entire collection of the Stanley Brothers on the Columbia label, in their early days of bluegrass music. Carter Stanley learned to play the guitar as a young lad, while Ralph Stanley also learned to play the banjo, which his mother showed him the clawhammer style. By 1948 Ralph had played the three finger style, and with Carter, they had formed a bluegrass band and had acquired a contract with Columbia records.These are brilliant songs such as "White Dove", "Little glass of wine", "The fields have turned brown" and "I'm a man of constant sorrow", but in fact, all of the twenty-two songs on this CD is well worth having, for the Stanley Brothers were among the best of all the bands in the 1950's. Carter Stanley died in 1966, but Ralph still records great bluegrass and is still one of the finest.
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The Stanley Brothers are an important part of bluegrass and country music history. This I think was the first recordings on a national label and it says that it is all the recorded for Columbia. The sound quality which is often lacking on budget labels is very good. The songs are superb and many have become standards and recorded by such artists as Ricky Skaggs etc. The musicianship as one would expect is first class. The harmonies are sublime. Every serious collector of country music or bluegrass should have some Stanley Brothers in their collection. This is a very good place to start. Superb.
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The Stanley Brothers are an important part of bluegrass and country music history. This I think was the first recordings on a national label and it says that it is all the recorded for Columbia. The sound quality which is often lacking on budget labels is very good. The songs are superb and many have become standards and recorded by such artists as Ricky Skaggs etc. The musicianship as one would expect is first class. The harmonies are sublime. Every serious collector of country music or bluegrass should have some Stanley Brothers in their collection. This is a very good place to start. Superb.
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The Stanley Brothers are an important part of bluegrass and country music history. This I think was the first recordings on a national label and it says that it is all the recorded for Columbia. The sound quality which is often lacking on budget labels is very good. The songs are superb and many have become standards and recorded by such artists as Ricky Skaggs etc. The musicianship as one would expect is first class. The harmonies are sublime. Every serious collector of country music or bluegrass should have some Stanley Brothers in their collection. This is a very good place to start. Superb.
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on 5 August 2009
This, along with the Rich-a-Tone recordings are a must have for any bluegrass fan- you simply can't be without them! They don't get any better than this.
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on 29 July 2013
This shows just how good the Stanley Brothers were right at the very beginning of their recording career and has to be a 'must have' for every Stanley Brothers and Bluegrass follower.
Go buy!
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on 26 February 2017
Bluegrass don't get any better!
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