The Stanley Brothers

The Essential Gospel Masters

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A large portion of this collection (10 of its 18 songs) was taken from the Stanley Brothers' first all-religious album, 1959's HYMNS AND SACRED SONGS; the rest of the tracks were recorded in September of that same year. Both sessions feature the fine playing and formidable multi-part harmonies of the Clinch Mountain Boys, marked by a cohesive sound and sparkling, impassioned performances. Naturally, Carter's guitar playing and stirring lead vocals and Ralph's deft banjo playing and high-flown tenor are front and center throughout. Those familiar only with the Stanleys' secular material will want to give this a listen.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:29
2 3:01
3 2:01
4
3:05
5
2:28
6 2:23
7 2:54
8 2:26
9
2:42
10 2:00
11 2:08
12 2:40
13 3:07
14
2:24
15 2:51
16 2:13
17 3:34
18 2:13
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