By Tony Scherman
Updated January 19, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

The 73-year-old bluegrass great’s high-profile appearance on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? is currently giving him some mainstream exposure — hence this best-of from tiny Rebel, Ralph’s home for the last 30 years. Some of these are classics in themselves; others (”Angel Band” and the title cut) are remakes of hits from an earlier, even greater phase of Stanley’s career: the mythical Stanley Brothers band, which roared through the South from ’47 to ’66. B+