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Review Text This is it, the absolute perfect starting point for neophyte fans who want to discover the Stanley Brothers. The years between 1949 and 1952, when the Virginia brothers were signed to Columbia Records, are largely considered their most fruitful period. Certainly this lineup of their backing band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, was the strongest; besides Carter Stanley's assured leads and Ralph Stanley's heartbreaking tenor, these recordings introduced mandolin player Darrell "Pee Wee" Lambert and his one-of-a-kind high-baritone harmonies, the secret ingredient that made the Stanley Brothers' recordings from this era sound like nothing that had come before in bluegrass. As usual with Bear Family reissues, this set contains every note from the brothers' Columbia sessions, including previously unreleased alternate takes of "The Fields Have Turned Brown" and "Little Glass of Wine," along with full session notes and illuminating liner notes courtesy of historian Gary B. Reid. Yes, it has the original "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow" for all of you O Brother Where Art Thou fans, but the 23 other tracks are every bit as vital, imaginative, and pure. This, in its purest and most graceful form, is what bluegrass is all about. ~ Stewart Mason

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Vision of Mother - 3:03
  2. 2. White Dove - 3:18
  3. 3. Gathering Flowers For the Master's Bouquet - 3:53
  4. 4. Angels Are Singing - 3:04
  5. 5. It's Never Too Late - 3:35
  6. 6. Have You Someone (In Heaven Awaiting) - 3:41
  7. 7. Little Glass of Wine - 3:57
  8. 8. Let Me Be Your Friend - 3:43
  9. 9. We'll Be Sweethearts in Heaven - 3:39
  10. 10. I Love No One But You - 3:40
  11. 11. Too Late to Cry - 3:54
  12. 12. Old Home - 2:20
  13. 13. Drunkard's Hell - 3:37
  14. 14. Fields Have Turned Brown - 3:34
  15. 15. Hey! Hey! Hey! - 3:45
  16. 16. Lonesome River - 3:46
  17. 17. I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow - 3:59
  18. 18. Pretty Polly - 3:54
  19. 19. Life of Sorrow - 3:45
  20. 20. Sweetest Love - 2:25
  21. 21. Wandering Boy - 3:36
  22. 22. Let's Part the Best of Friends - 2:24
  23. 23. Fields Have Turned Brown - 3:35
  24. 24. Little Glass of Wine - 3:54

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5/2/94 

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