Ralph Stanley: His 10 Greatest Performances

From his signature "O Death" to a surprise Velvet Underground cover

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"Angel Band"

This Stanley Brothers recording goes way back — the original composition with music actually dates to 1862 — and was included on the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack in 2000. Emphasizing the brothers' ear for a good song, the meditation on the divine ensembles that play us out of this life and into the next will flatten everything in listening distance when the chorus harmonies kick in.

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