1948-1959

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The first of four box sets documenting the complete recordings of Flatt & Scruggs as a working band, this one detailing the group's first 11 years is generally considered the most essential. These 113 tracks represent the duo's complete Mercury recordings on disc one and the beginning of their Columbia sides on discs two through four. There is one completely unissued cut, and the entire package has been remastered and contains copious liner notes. Contained here are the 1949 recordings of their classic "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and 1950's "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms," and also mid-'50s stompers such as "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke," "Flint Hill Special," and "You're ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The first of four box sets documenting the complete recordings of Flatt & Scruggs as a working band, this one detailing the group's first 11 years is generally considered the most essential. These 113 tracks represent the duo's complete Mercury recordings on disc one and the beginning of their Columbia sides on discs two through four. There is one completely unissued cut, and the entire package has been remastered and contains copious liner notes. Contained here are the 1949 recordings of their classic "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and 1950's "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms," and also mid-'50s stompers such as "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke," "Flint Hill Special," and "You're Not a Drop in the Bucket"; gospel tunes such as "Give My Mother My Crown," "A Million Years in Glory," "Jesus Savior Pilot Me"; and hot singles such as "Cabin on the Hill," "Foggy Mountain Rock," and "Crying My Heart Out Over You." Beginning with the Bill Monroe band where Flatt's voice first countered Monroe's high lonesome, Flatt & Scruggs made that low, clear bell of a sound into a trademark -- as they did with Scruggs' unique banjo styles. While the music on later collections is fine and rousing, this is truly exciting with all the hope and trepidation of discovery and walking the high wire in search of something original. These four CDs are essential for every serious fan of bluegrass music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051154721
  • Catalog Number: 15472

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God Loves His Children - Earl Scruggs (2:42)
  2. 2 I'm Going to Make Heaven My Home - Earl Scruggs (2:39)
  3. 3 We'll Meet Again Sweetheart - Earl Scruggs (2:43)
  4. 4 My Cabin in Caroline - Earl Scruggs (2:38)
  5. 5 Baby Blue Eyes - Earl Scruggs (2:59)
  6. 6 Bouquet in Heaven - Earl Scruggs (2:52)
  7. 7 Down the Road - Earl Scruggs (2:41)
  8. 8 Why Don't You Tell Me So - Earl Scruggs (2:41)
  9. 9 I'll Never Shed Another Tear - Earl Scruggs (2:27)
  10. 10 No Mother or Dad - Earl Scruggs (2:44)
  11. 11 Is It Too Late Now! - Earl Scruggs (2:39)
  12. 12 Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Earl Scruggs (2:41)
  13. 13 I'll Be Going to Heaven Sometime - Earl Scruggs (2:34)
  14. 14 So Happy I'll Be - Earl Scruggs (2:31)
  15. 15 My Little Girl in Tennessee - Earl Scruggs (2:43)
  16. 16 I'll Never Love Another - Earl Scruggs (3:02)
  17. 17 Doin' My Time - Earl Scruggs (2:49)
  18. 18 Pike County Breakdown - Earl Scruggs (2:45)
  19. 19 Cora Is Gone - Earl Scruggs (2:24)
  20. 20 Preachin', Prayin', Singin' (2:25)
  21. 21 Pain in My Heart - Earl Scruggs (2:47)
  22. 22 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Earl Scruggs (2:39)
  23. 23 Back to the Cross - Earl Scruggs (2:55)
  24. 24 Farewell Blues - Earl Scruggs (2:29)
  25. 25 Old Salty Dog Blues - Earl Scruggs (2:30)
  26. 26 Take Me in a Lifeboat - Earl Scruggs (2:15)
  27. 27 Will the Roses Bloom ( Where She Lies Sleeping) - Earl Scruggs (2:34)
  28. 28 I'll Just Pretend - Earl Scruggs (2:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Come Back Darling - Earl Scruggs (2:41)
  2. 2 I'm Head Over Heels in Love - Earl Scruggs (2:38)
  3. 3 I'm Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling - Earl Scruggs (2:50)
  4. 4 The Old Home Town - Earl Scruggs (2:55)
  5. 5 I'll Stay Around - Earl Scruggs (2:34)
  6. 6 We Can't Be Darlings Anymore - Earl Scruggs (2:45)
  7. 7 Jimmie Brown, The Newsboy - Earl Scruggs (2:44)
  8. 8 Somehow Tonight - Earl Scruggs (2:50)
  9. 9 Don't Get Above Your Raising - Earl Scruggs (2:43)
  10. 10 I'm Working on a Road - Earl Scruggs (2:50)
  11. 11 He Took Your Place - Earl Scruggs (2:49)
  12. 12 I've Lost You - Earl Scruggs (2:53)
  13. 13 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered - Earl Scruggs (2:57)
  14. 14 I'm Gonna Settle Down - Earl Scruggs (2:56)
  15. 15 Earl's Breakdown - Earl Scruggs (3:01)
  16. 16 I'm Lonesome and Blue - Earl Scruggs (2:49)
  17. 17 Over the Hills to the Poorhouse - Earl Scruggs (2:56)
  18. 18 My Darling's Last Goodbye - Earl Scruggs (2:39)
  19. 19 Get in Line Brother - Earl Scruggs (2:23)
  20. 20 Brother, I'm Getting Ready to Go - Earl Scruggs (2:43)
  21. 21 Why Did You Wander? - Earl Scruggs (2:45)
  22. 22 Flint Hill Special - Earl Scruggs (2:47)
  23. 23 Thinking About You - Earl Scruggs (2:48)
  24. 24 If I Should Wander Back Tonight - Earl Scruggs (2:42)
  25. 25 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke - Earl Scruggs (2:55)
  26. 26 Dear Old Dixie - Earl Scruggs (2:30)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Reunion in Heaven - Earl Scruggs (2:54)
  2. 2 Pray for the Boys - Earl Scruggs (2:49)
  3. 3 I'll Go Stepping Too - Earl Scruggs (2:53)
  4. 4 I'd Rather Be Alone - Earl Scruggs (2:46)
  5. 5 Foggy Mountain Chimes - Earl Scruggs (2:18)
  6. 6 Someone Took My Place With You - Earl Scruggs (2:51)
  7. 7 Mother Prays Loud in Her Sleep - Earl Scruggs (3:17)
  8. 8 That Old Book of Mine - Earl Scruggs (2:43)
  9. 9 Your Love Is Like a Flower - Earl Scruggs (2:36)
  10. 10 Be Ready for Tomorrow May Never Come - Earl Scruggs (2:41)
  11. 11 Till the End of the World Rolls Around - Earl Scruggs (2:36)
  12. 12 You're Not a Drop in the Bucket - Earl Scruggs (2:30)
  13. 13 Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky - Earl Scruggs (3:07)
  14. 14 Foggy Mountain Special - Earl Scruggs (2:04)
  15. 15 You Can Feel It in Your Soul - Earl Scruggs (2:30)
  16. 16 Old Fashioned Preacher - Earl Scruggs (2:40)
  17. 17 Before I Met You - Earl Scruggs (2:38)
  18. 18 I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open - Earl Scruggs (2:38)
  19. 19 Randy Lynn Rag - Earl Scruggs (2:05)
  20. 20 On My Mind - Earl Scruggs (2:47)
  21. 21 Blue Ridge Cabin Home - Earl Scruggs (2:56)
  22. 22 Some Old Day - Earl Scruggs (2:31)
  23. 23 It Won't Be Long - Earl Scruggs (2:32)
  24. 24 No Mother in This World - Earl Scruggs (2:50)
  25. 25 Gone Home - Earl Scruggs (2:28)
  26. 26 Bubbling in My Soul - Earl Scruggs (2:23)
  27. 27 Joy Bells - Earl Scruggs (2:25)
  28. 28 What's Good for You - Earl Scruggs (2:41)
Disc 4
  1. 1 No Doubt About It - Earl Scruggs (2:33)
  2. 2 Who Will Sing for Me - Earl Scruggs (2:31)
  3. 3 Give Mother My Crown - Earl Scruggs (2:51)
  4. 4 Six White Horses - Earl Scruggs (2:43)
  5. 5 Shuckin' the Corn - Earl Scruggs (2:03)
  6. 6 I'll Take the Blame - Earl Scruggs (2:18)
  7. 7 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down - Earl Scruggs (2:08)
  8. 8 A Hundred Years from Now - Earl Scruggs (2:11)
  9. 9 Give Me Flowers While I'm Living - Earl Scruggs (2:24)
  10. 10 Is There Room for Me - Earl Scruggs (2:20)
  11. 11 I'll Take the Blame - Earl Scruggs (2:17)
  12. 12 Let Those Brown Eyes Smile at Me - Earl Scruggs (2:14)
  13. 13 I'll Never Shed Another Tear - Earl Scruggs (2:28)
  14. 14 I Won't Be Hanging Around - Earl Scruggs (2:12)
  15. 15 I Don't Care Any More - Earl Scruggs (2:40)
  16. 16 Big Black Train - Earl Scruggs (2:27)
  17. 17 Mama's and Daddy's Little Girl - Earl Scruggs (2:22)
  18. 18 Crying Alone - Earl Scruggs (2:47)
  19. 19 A Million Years in Glory - Earl Scruggs (2:33)
  20. 20 Heaven - Earl Scruggs (2:37)
  21. 21 Building on Sand - Earl Scruggs (2:33)
  22. 22 Jesus Savior Pilot Me - Earl Scruggs (2:08)
  23. 23 Crying My Heart Out Over You - Earl Scruggs (2:36)
  24. 24 Ground Speed - Earl Scruggs (2:11)
  25. 25 Who Knows Right from Wrong - Earl Scruggs (2:22)
  26. 26 Iron Curtain - Earl Scruggs (2:41)
  27. 27 Cabin on the Hill - Earl Scruggs (2:29)
  28. 28 Someone You Have Forgotten - Earl Scruggs (2:42)
  29. 29 Foggy Mountain Rock - Earl Scruggs (2:23)
  30. 30 You Put Me on My Feet - Earl Scruggs (2:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Flatt & Scruggs Primary Artist
Lester Flatt Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Earl Scruggs Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Mac Wiseman Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Chet Atkins Rhythm Guitar
Benny Martin Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Paul Warren Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Onie Wheeler String Bass
Harold Bradley Rhythm Guitar
Ray Edenton Rhythm Guitar
Buck Graves Dobro
Eddie Hill Rhythm Guitar
Everett Lilly Fiddle, Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Ernest Ernie Newton String Bass
Curly Seckler Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Howard Watts Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal), String Bass
Robert Chubby Wise Fiddle
Joe Zinkan String Bass
Culley Holt Bass (Vocal)
Bob Moore String Bass
Jack Shook Rhythm Guitar
Art Wooten Fiddle
Howdy Forrester Fiddle
Louis Innis Rhythm Guitar
English P. Jr. "Jake" Tullock Guitar, Baritone (Vocal), String Bass
Jody Rainwater Mandolin, Bass (Vocal), String Bass
Jim Shumate Fiddle
Ike Inman String Bass
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Mac Wiseman Composer
Joe Maphis Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Peter Wolf Composer
Onie Wheeler Composer
Tompall Glaser Composer
Noel Boggs Composer
Bill Carlisle Composer
Clyde Moody Composer
Jim Eanes Composer
Charlie Monroe Composer
Jimmie Skinner Composer
C.J. Johnson Composer
Carl Butler Composer
Gordon Brown Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Buck Graves Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Seth Justman Composer
Don Law Producer
Tom Lee Composer
Everett Lilly Composer
Paul Mares Composer
Murray Nash Composer
Bobby Osborne Composer
Leon Roppolo Composer
Larry Richardson Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Curly Seckler Composer, Contributor
Chuck Seitz Composer
Wayne Walker Composer
Howard Watts Composer
Mark Wilder Disc Dub, Track Mix
Walter Bailes Composer
Alan Blaikley Composer
Tommy Lee James Composer
Troy Martin Producer
Wiley Morris Composer
Zeke Morris Composer
Neil V. Rosenberg Liner Notes
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
Rebecca Everett Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Tom James Composer
Jessie Mae Martin Composer
Red Rowe Composer
George Sherry Composer
Bolivar Lee Shook Composer
Frank Southern Composer
Gladys Stacey Composer
Newton Thomas Composer
Louise Certain Composer
Max Fidler Composer
J. West Composer
R. Lee Composer
T.D. James Composer
Ricky Crabtree Composer
Traditional Composer
C. Lewis Composer
Odell McLeod Composer
Jerry Organ Composer
Ralph Jones Composer
Johnny Anderson Composer
E.C. McCarty Composer
Ken Howard Composer
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