The Complete Mercury Recordings
Released: Aug 2003
Label: Mercury Nashville
Compare this collection to The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers and you'll quickly notice just how much more forceful the duo sounds here. Where their earlier sides for Columbia highlighted the brothers' high harmony work, these mid-'50s recordings for Mercury saw the Stanleys and their Clinch Mountain Boys morph into a rugged bluegrass juggernaut, one that stressed manic breakdowns over traditional ballads. Still, it wouldn't be the Stanley Brothers without a tearjerker or three.