With two previous titles bestowed to the greatness of Grady Martin and more recently Billy Strange, third album in this current series focuses on the work of Cliffie Stone. An absolute mountain of a man in more ways than one, the musical qualities of Cliffie Stone were not simply confined to his instrument of choice, the double bass, no, because in fact Stone was involved in five bands, performed vocals on many occasions, and managed to get the best out of his fellow musicians in the recording studio because of his creative skills, and for being a likeable figure due to his outgoing personality. Working wonders in the recording studio certainly paid off, and detailed here during the first eight tracks, with Stone leading the charge via different line-ups whether His Hepcats, His Orchestra or His Hometown Jamboree Gang. With Country and Western being the musical path trodden by Cliffie Stone for many of the songs, there are noticeable inclusions of big band influences to ‘Sugar Rock ‘n’ Roll’ for example. The inclusion of Bill Monroe classic ‘Blue Moon Of Kentucky’ will gain the attention of those with a keen ear considering a certain “King” who made a rather fine cover of this very same song. From there, expect instrumentals as ‘The Last Round – Up’, and songs with humour as the recently restored life of a bachelor ‘Dirty Dishes’, to nonstop food consumption of country ditty ‘Roly Poly’. With this album being an album of two halves, Stone’s involvement is that of several different guises where additional country musicians made their mark from Merle Travis to Hank Thompson, Skeets McDonald, and the uniquely named Shug Fisher to provide only a small handful of those Stone worked with and inspired. With so much music to his name, ‘Cliffie Stone – The Legendary Capitol Records Double Bassist And More!’ is only the tip of a large body of work, but one that offers a glimpse of an exceptionally large talent.