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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While the first Flatt & Scruggs box on Bear Family documented the band's development over its first 11 years -- 1948-1959 -- this set captures the band at the height of its meteoric rise to fame into the stuff of legend. First and foremost, Flatt & Scruggs eclipsed the fame of their mentor, Bill Monroe by having six charting singles in Billboard between the mid-'50s and 1960. They also got reviewed in Playboy and Downbeat magazines and began to play the Newport Folk Festival and appear on stages with Joan Baez, Cisco Houston, the Kingston Trio, New Christy Minstrels, Woody Guthrie, John Jacob Niles, and many others. Things began to heat up for Flatt & Scruggs in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While the first Flatt & Scruggs box on Bear Family documented the band's development over its first 11 years -- 1948-1959 -- this set captures the band at the height of its meteoric rise to fame into the stuff of legend. First and foremost, Flatt & Scruggs eclipsed the fame of their mentor, Bill Monroe by having six charting singles in Billboard between the mid-'50s and 1960. They also got reviewed in Playboy and Downbeat magazines and began to play the Newport Folk Festival and appear on stages with Joan Baez, Cisco Houston, the Kingston Trio, New Christy Minstrels, Woody Guthrie, John Jacob Niles, and many others. Things began to heat up for Flatt & Scruggs in 1963, when they debuted the "Theme of Jed Clampett" for the new television comedy series The Beverly Hillbillies. This box contains six complete LPs recorded during those years, the complete edition of their concert at Carnegie Hall, and an album of square dancing fiddle tunes for which guitarist Merle Travis and fiddler Gordon Terry were added to the band. Over five CDs and 139 selections, the Flatt & Scruggs trek to superstardom is well documented. Their names became household for appearances on everything from the Ed Sullivan show to The Price Is Right. But most importantly, what Flatt & Scruggs accomplished during this period was extraordinary: They not only brought the American public at large to traditional country and bluegrass music from the Southern mountains; they also pushed the envelope on the bluegrass to places it literally would never have gone. Take a listen to their version of Doc Watson's "I'm Troubled" from 1963, recorded just four days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the use of Buddy Harman's drums on Guthrie's "Hard Travelin" and "This Land Is Your Land," or Maybelle Carter's lead guitar on an entire program of Carter Family classics recorded in 1961. This is the sound of history in the making, of mountain music coming down from the mountain as the rest of the country opens to it in all of its raw, heartfelt glory. This is breathtaking material and is the most mainstream of the three sets devoted to Flatt & Scruggs -- there is one devoted to Lester's music after the band's demise -- and it is the most exciting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127155597
  • Catalog Number: 15559
  • Sales rank: 210,625

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm on My Way to Canaan's Land (2:23)
  2. 2 Angel Band (2:34)
  3. 3 When the Angels Carry Me Home (2:20)
  4. 4 I'll Never Be Lonesome Again (2:22)
  5. 5 Get on That Road to Glory (2:14)
  6. 6 Take Me in a Lifeboat (2:38)
  7. 7 Bubbling in My Soul (2:15)
  8. 8 Heaven (2:34)
  9. 9 Joy Bells (2:23)
  10. 10 Give Me Flowers While I'm Living (2:33)
  11. 11 You Can Feel It in Your Soul (2:26)
  12. 12 Give Mother My Crown (2:48)
  13. 13 The Great Historical Bum (2:10)
  14. 14 I've Lost You Forever (2:28)
  15. 15 Polka on a Banjo (2:45)
  16. 16 All I Want Is You (2:13)
  17. 17 Shuckin' the Corn (2:10)
  18. 18 Home Sweet Home (2:14)
  19. 19 Fireball Mail (1:52)
  20. 20 Cripple Creek (2:07)
  21. 21 Reuben (2:01)
  22. 22 John Henry (2:06)
  23. 23 Cumberland Gap (1:57)
  24. 24 Lonesome Road Blues (2:02)
  25. 25 Sally Goodin' (2:11)
  26. 26 Little Darlin' Pal of Mine (1:56)
  27. 27 Sally Ann (2:10)
  28. 28 Bugle Call Rag (2:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow (2:06)
  2. 2 If I Should Wander Back Tonight (2:09)
  3. 3 Cold, Cold Loving (2:28)
  4. 4 Welcome to the Club (2:26)
  5. 5 False Hearted Lover (2:22)
  6. 6 Pickin' in the Wildwood (2:19)
  7. 7 The Homestead on the Farm (2:10)
  8. 8 Foggy Mountain Top (2:26)
  9. 9 You Are My Flower (2:45)
  10. 10 Forsaken Love (2:26)
  11. 11 The Storms Are on the Ocean (2:46)
  12. 12 Gathering Flowers from the Hillside (2:13)
  13. 13 Worried Man Blues (2:01)
  14. 14 On the Rock Where Moses Stood (2:28)
  15. 15 Keep on the Sunny Side (3:08)
  16. 16 Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy (2:36)
  17. 17 Just Ain't (2:16)
  18. 18 Where Will I Shelter My Sheep (2:21)
  19. 19 I Saw Mother With God Last Night (2:41)
  20. 20 Go Home (3:16)
  21. 21 Handsome Molly (2:03)
  22. 22 Coal Loadin' Johnny (2:50)
  23. 23 Hear That Whistle Blow (A Hundred Miles) (2:38)
  24. 24 Too Old for a Broken Heart (2:26)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Legend of the Johnson Boys (2:17)
  2. 2 Good Times Are Past and Gone (2:34)
  3. 3 George Alley's F.F.V. (3:46)
  4. 4 This Land Is Your Land (2:28)
  5. 5 Philadelphia Lawyer (2:46)
  6. 6 Sun's Gonna Shine in My Backdoor Someday (2:19)
  7. 7 Hear the Wind Blow (3:08)
  8. 8 I'll Be No Man's Wife (2:38)
  9. 9 McKinley's Gone (2:34)
  10. 10 Nine Pound Hammer (2:25)
  11. 11 Ellen Smith (2:29)
  12. 12 Life of Trouble (2:43)
  13. 13 The Ballad of Jed Clampett (2:05)
  14. 14 Hard Travelin' (2:42)
  15. 15 Wreck of the Old '97 (2:32)
  16. 16 Ninety Nine Years Is Almost for Life (3:27)
  17. 17 Over the Hills to the Poorhouse (3:21)
  18. 18 New York Town (2:43)
  19. 19 Dixie Home (2:27)
  20. 20 Pastures of Plenty (2:39)
  21. 21 Bound to Ride (2:07)
  22. 22 When I Left East Virginia (3:48)
  23. 23 Drowned in the Deep Blue Sea (2:23)
  24. 24 My Native Home (2:15)
  25. 25 Coal Miner's Blues (2:28)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Pearl, Pearl, Pearl (2:12)
  2. 2 What About You (2:34)
  3. 3 Rambling Gambler (3:02)
  4. 4 Mama Don't Allow It (2:27)
  5. 5 I'm Troubled (2:16)
  6. 6 My Saro Jane (2:48)
  7. 7 The Train That Carried My Girl from Town (2:24)
  8. 8 Little Birdie (2:37)
  9. 9 You Are My Flower (2:31)
  10. 10 Poor Rebel Soldier (2:06)
  11. 11 Old Jack Clark (4:01)
  12. 12 Sally Goodin' (3:47)
  13. 13 Black Mountain Rag (3:55)
  14. 14 Billy in the Lowground (3:56)
  15. 15 Twinkle Little Star (4:02)
  16. 16 Old Fiddler (4:04)
  17. 17 Soldier's Joy (4:09)
  18. 18 Georgia Shuffle (5:00)
  19. 19 Golden Slippers (4:36)
  20. 20 Tennessee Wagner (4:00)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Salty Dog Blues (5:23)
  2. 2 Durham's Reel (1:16)
  3. 3 Down the Road (2:07)
  4. 4 Rainbow (1:11)
  5. 5 Big Ball in Brooklyn (1:57)
  6. 6 Flint Hill Special (2:16)
  7. 7 Dig a Hole in the Meadow (2:58)
  8. 8 I Hung My Head and Cried (2:40)
  9. 9 Hot Corn, Cold Corn (2:43)
  10. 10 Little Darlin' Pal of Mine (1:36)
  11. 11 You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming (1:16)
  12. 12 Footprints in the Snow (3:09)
  13. 13 The Martha White Theme (1:07)
  14. 14 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight (3:48)
  15. 15 Old MacDonald Had a Farm (2:27)
  16. 16 He Will Set Your Fields on Fire (2:48)
  17. 17 Let the Church Roll On (2:31)
  18. 18 Wildwood Flower (2:01)
  19. 19 Hear That Whistle Blow (A Hundred Miles) (3:33)
  20. 20 Fiddle and Banjo (1:32)
  21. 21 Old Leather Britches (2:40)
  22. 22 Ballad of Jed Clampett (2:08)
  23. 23 Yonder Stands Little Maggie (2:11)
  24. 24 Reuben (2:49)
  25. 25 Mama Blues (1:46)
  26. 26 I Know What It Means to Be Lonesome (2:17)
  27. 27 Foggy Mountain Rock (1:47)
  28. 28 Take This Hammer (2:43)
  29. 29 McKinley's Gone (2:38)
  30. 30 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms (1:34)
  31. 31 Gotta Travel On (3:27)
  32. 32 Mountain Dew (2:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Flatt & Scruggs Primary Artist
Lester Flatt Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Track Performer
Earl Scruggs Banjo, Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Track Performer
Merle Travis Guitar, Vocals
Paul Warren Fiddle, Bass (Vocal), Hand Clapping
Gordon Terry Fiddle, Leader
Mother Maybelle Carter Guitar, Autoharp
M.C. Berry Drums
Buck Graves Bass, Dobro, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Buddy Harman Drums
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Curly Seckler Guitar, Mandolin, Hand Clapping, Tenor (Vocal)
Joe Zinkan Bass, String Bass
Culley Holt Guitar, Bass (Vocal)
English P. Jr. "Jake" Tullock Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal), String Bass
John W. Greubel Drums
William K. "Kenny" Haddock Dobro
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Piano
Billy E. Powers Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Technical Credits
Cow Cow Davenport Composer
Champion Jack Dupree Composer
Lester Flatt Composer
Flatt & Scruggs Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Benny Martin Composer
Hank Thompson Composer
Paul Warren Composer
Doc Watson Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
J.E. Mainer Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Robert "Duke" Tillman Composer
Brownie McGhee Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Buck Graves Composer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
Everett Lilly Composer
Neely Plumb Producer
Billy Reid Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Sonny Terry Composer
Eddie Stubbs Contributor
G. Williams Composer
Alan Blaikley Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Lawrence Cohn Illustrations
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Composer
Wiley Morris Composer
Zeke Morris Composer
Henry Whitter Composer
English P. Jr. "Jake" Tullock Sound Effects
Neil V. Rosenberg Liner Notes
Les Leverett Illustrations
Hoffman Nienburg Artwork
Hoffmann Nienburg Artwork
Rebecca Everett Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
M. Christian Composer
F.J. Lewey Composer
Leon Luallen Composer
Gladys Stacey Composer
Scotty Wiseman Composer
Louise Certain Composer
Gladys Stacey Flatt Composer
Gary Garett Composer
T.D. James Composer
Traditional Composer
P. Jones Composer
Floyd Jenkins Composer
Martha White Composer
Jerry Organ Composer
Ken Howard Composer
Mary Reid Composer
Lance Guynes Composer
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