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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The final five years of the team of Flatt & Scruggs is documented on the six-CD Bear Family set 1964-1969, Plus. Their final six recordings together are on a Lester Flatt box set on the same label Flatt on Victor Plus More, Bear Family 15975. Though the pair never referred to themselves as bluegrass musicians -- because of its association with their mentor, Bill Monroe -- they had a difficult time telling the ever-increasing flood of international fans just what it was they did. Certainly it was folk music, but not the folk music of the folk revival of the late '50s and early '60s, and it was country music, though not what Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins was pushing through...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The final five years of the team of Flatt & Scruggs is documented on the six-CD Bear Family set 1964-1969, Plus. Their final six recordings together are on a Lester Flatt box set on the same label Flatt on Victor Plus More, Bear Family 15975. Though the pair never referred to themselves as bluegrass musicians -- because of its association with their mentor, Bill Monroe -- they had a difficult time telling the ever-increasing flood of international fans just what it was they did. Certainly it was folk music, but not the folk music of the folk revival of the late '50s and early '60s, and it was country music, though not what Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins was pushing through Nashville at the time, and while a lot of the music was rooted in blues and gospel, it couldn't be called that either. Flatt & Scruggs were the progenitors of what later pioneers like Tony Trischka, Randy Scruggs, Béla Fleck, and others would call "newgrass" -- the pair wouldn't have liked that either. What this set documents is how the musical styles emerging in the 1960s were explored by Flatt & Scruggs, were turned inside out, were popularized, and put enough pressure on the duo, musically and professionally because of increased fame, to tear them apart. Here are the recordings of Waylon Jennings' "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow" before Ralph Stanley cut it, Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe," Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind," Chuck Berry's "Memphis," "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" done for the film Bonnie & Clyde, traditional songs like "Sally Goodin," Mel Tillis and Danny Dill's "Detroit City," Tom T. Hall's "I'm Gonna Ride That Steamboat," John Sebastian's "Nashville Cats," Doc and Merle Watson's "Southbound," and Flatt & Scruggs' amazing instrumental "Jazzing." But before the reader looks away in disgust, muttering "sellout," perhaps the music itself should be taken as an example of its own merit. Flatt & Scruggs stood outside of tradition from the beginning by breaking with standard vocal and instrumentation regimens. Using four-part harmonies, drums, and harmonica on a Dylan song, the duo were merely doing what they had done throughout their careers -- they explored the roots of a song and discovered where it took them. Recording Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Universal Soldier," Donovan's "Catch the Wind," Dylan's "Wanted Man" and "Like a Rolling Stone," the Hall songs for the Bonnie & Clyde soundtrack, and Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" were high-wire acts, cliff edges both men were looking over into an abyss that refused to stare back at them, and finally it separated them. But it was never for lack of an adventurous spirit of laziness or lack of respect. What is documented here may be the sound of disintegration, but it is also the sound of courage and preservation that brought the heart and soul of country music to popular music, not the other way around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1995
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127158796
  • Catalog Number: 15879
  • Sales rank: 74,939

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Petticoat Junction (2:33)
  2. 2 Have You Seen My Dear Companion (2:16)
  3. 3 The Good Things (Outweigh the Bad) (3:30)
  4. 4 Workin' It Out (2:07)
  5. 5 Amber Tresses (Tied in Blue) (2:47)
  6. 6 Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy (2:29)
  7. 7 When Papa Played the Dobro (2:01)
  8. 8 Fireball Mail (2:00)
  9. 9 Father's Table Grace (2:28)
  10. 10 I'm Walking with Him (2:14)
  11. 11 My Wandering Boy (2:38)
  12. 12 Sally Don't You Grieve (2:37)
  13. 13 A Faded Red Ribbon (2:34)
  14. 14 Bummin' an Old Freight Train (2:42)
  15. 15 Georgia Buck (2:54)
  16. 16 Hello Stranger (2:18)
  17. 17 Please Don't Wake Me (3:04)
  18. 18 You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone (2:19)
  19. 19 I Still Miss Someone (2:26)
  20. 20 Wabash Cannonball (2:32)
  21. 21 Rose Conelly (2:39)
  22. 22 You've Been Fooling Me Baby (2:41)
  23. 23 Will You Be Lonesome Too? (2:32)
  24. 24 Big Shoes to Fill (2:09)
  25. 25 Branded Wherever I Go (2:13)
  26. 26 Starlight on the Rails (2:33)
  27. 27 Loafer's Glory (2:20)
  28. 28 I'll Be on That Good Road Someday (2:32)
  29. 29 Confessing - Lester Flatt (2:18)
  30. 30 Gonna Have Myself a Ball (2:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rock, Salt and Nails (3:09)
  2. 2 The Soldier's Return (3:27)
  3. 3 Memphis (2:24)
  4. 4 Jackson (2:36)
  5. 5 Colours (2:53)
  6. 6 For Lovin' Me (2:34)
  7. 7 Houston (2:23)
  8. 8 Detroit City (2:15)
  9. 9 Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2:22)
  10. 10 Kansas City (2:30)
  11. 11 Nashville Blues (1:58)
  12. 12 Take Me Back to Tulsa (1:56)
  13. 13 The Last Public Hanging in West Virginia (3:12)
  14. 14 The Boys from Tennessee (2:40)
  15. 15 Ten Miles from Natchez (2:41)
  16. 16 Seattle Town (2:02)
  17. 17 Green Acres (2:11)
  18. 18 I Had a Dream (2:55)
  19. 19 When the Saints Go Marching In (2:11)
  20. 20 God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign (2:10)
  21. 21 Call Me on Home, Too (2:04)
  22. 22 Stone the Buildres Refused (1:53)
  23. 23 Wait for the Sunshine (1:58)
  24. 24 No Mother in This World (2:34)
  25. 25 Thank God I'm on My Way (2:12)
  26. 26 Troublesome Waters (2:53)
  27. 27 The Last Thing on My Mind (2:39)
  28. 28 Mama, You Been on My Mind (2:33)
  29. 29 It Was Only the Wind (2:34)
  30. 30 Why Can't I Find Myself with You (1:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Southbound (2:32)
  2. 2 I'm Gonna Ride That Steamboat (2:37)
  3. 3 Roustabout (2:28)
  4. 4 Nashville Cats (2:43)
  5. 5 Wreck of the 1262 (3:01)
  6. 6 Bringin' in the Georgia Mail (2:26)
  7. 7 Going Across the Sea (2:05)
  8. 8 The Atlantic Coastal Line (2:25)
  9. 9 East Bound Train (2:22)
  10. 10 Orange Blossom Special (1:57)
  11. 11 Last Train to Clarksville (2:31)
  12. 12 California Uptight Band (2:25)
  13. 13 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (3:21)
  14. 14 Four Strong Winds (2:43)
  15. 15 Blowin' in the Wind (2:38)
  16. 16 It Ain't Me Babe (2:46)
  17. 17 Down in the Flood (2:20)
  18. 18 Buddy, Don't You Roll So Slow (2:47)
  19. 19 Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (3:00)
  20. 20 This Land Is Your Land (2:45)
  21. 21 Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2:09)
  22. 22 Mr. Tambourine Man (3:03)
  23. 23 Ode to Billie Joe (4:22)
  24. 24 Like a Rolling Stone (2:48)
  25. 25 I'd Like to Say a Word for Texas (3:08)
  26. 26 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (2:22)
  27. 27 Folsom Prison Blues (3:00)
  28. 28 Gentle on My Mind (2:36)
  29. 29 The Times They Are A-Changin' (3:18)
Disc 4
  1. 1 If I Were a Carpenter (2:10)
  2. 2 Universal Soldier (2:22)
  3. 3 Long Road to Houston (2:43)
  4. 4 Catch the Wind (2:29)
  5. 5 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (2:22)
  6. 6 Frieda Florentine (1:48)
  7. 7 Nashville Skyline Rag (2:46)
  8. 8 I Walk the Line (2:39)
  9. 9 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town (3:37)
  10. 10 A Boy Named Sue (3:53)
  11. 11 Maggie's Farm (2:31)
  12. 12 Wanted Man (2:54)
  13. 13 One More Night (2:03)
  14. 14 One Too Many Mornings (2:48)
  15. 15 Girl from the North Country (2:44)
  16. 16 Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance (2:02)
  17. 17 Tonight Will Be Fine (3:28)
  18. 18 The Story of Bonnie and Clyde (2:54)
  19. 19 Another Ride with Clyde (2:07)
  20. 20 A Picture of Bonnie (2:56)
  21. 21 The Barrow Gang Will Get You Little Man (2:27)
  22. 22 Bang You're Alive (2:29)
  23. 23 See Bonnie Die, See Clyde Die (2:57)
  24. 24 Reunion (2:00)
  25. 25 Get-Away (1:51)
  26. 26 The Chase (1:57)
  27. 27 Highway's End (1:45)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Pick Along (1:50)
  2. 2 John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man (2:16)
  3. 3 Jazzing (2:06)
  4. 4 Evelinan (2:03)
  5. 5 Tammy's Song (1:59)
  6. 6 Lonesome Ruben (2:23)
  7. 7 Spanish Two Step (2:02)
  8. 8 Careless Love (1:57)
  9. 9 Liberty (2:17)
  10. 10 Bill Cheatham (2:39)
  11. 11 Nothing to It (2:50)
  12. 12 Intro (2:10)
  13. 13 Lost All My Money (2:24)
  14. 14 Maggie Blues (2:11)
  15. 15 Steamboat Whistle Blues (2:43)
  16. 16 Paul and Silas (2:32)
  17. 17 Cannon Ball Blues (2:08)
  18. 18 You Are My Flower (3:07)
  19. 19 Old Leather Britches (1:48)
  20. 20 Across the Blue Ridge Mountains (2:43)
  21. 21 Old Folks (2:33)
  22. 22 Going Back to Harlan (1:38)
  23. 23 Poor Rebel Soldier (2:24)
  24. 24 No Hiding Place (2:44)
  25. 25 Going up Cripple Creek (2:23)
  26. 26 Foggy Mountain Special (1:38)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Bile 'Em Cabbage Down (2:51)
  2. 2 Old Joe Clark (2:26)
  3. 3 Sally Goodin' (2:39)
  4. 4 Black Mountain Rag (3:34)
  5. 5 Billy in the Low Ground (2:01)
  6. 6 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (2:56)
  7. 7 Old Fiddler (2:16)
  8. 8 Soldier's Joy (2:27)
  9. 9 Cheyenne (2:31)
  10. 10 Down Yonder (2:48)
  11. 11 Georgia Shuffle (2:46)
  12. 12 Golden Slippers (2:36)
  13. 13 Tennessee Wagner (2:17)
  14. 14 Chicken Reel (2:12)
  15. 15 Theme from Beverly Hillbillies (1:36)
  16. 16 Beverly Hillbillies (3:04)
  17. 17 Vittles (2:08)
  18. 18 A Long Talk with That Boy (3:40)
  19. 19 Jethro's a Powerful Man (2:32)
  20. 20 Elly's Spring Song (1:22)
  21. 21 Back Home U.S.A. (Jed & Jethro) (2:04)
  22. 22 Critters (1:47)
  23. 23 What a Great Doctor Granny Is (2:40)
  24. 24 Lady Lessons (1:59)
  25. 25 Birds and the Bees (3:37)
  26. 26 Love or Money (2:21)
  27. 27 Close (0:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Flatt & Scruggs Primary Artist
Lester Flatt Guitar, Vocals
Earl Scruggs Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Paul Warren Fiddle, Vocals
Doc Watson Guitar
Howard Johnson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Grady Martin 12-string Guitar
Johnny Bond Guitar
Buddy Ebsen Vocals
June Carter Cash Vocals
Charlie Daniels Rhythm Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Dirk Hamilton Guitar
Neil Levang Guitar
Norbert Putnam Bass
Gary Scruggs Guitar, Vocals
Randy Scruggs Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Jerry Shook Rhythm Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Joe Zinkan Bass
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Sam Weiss Drums
Marilyn Harman Drums, Tambourine
Monroe Fields Mandolin, Vocals
Bob Moore Bass
Bert Dodson Bass
Zeke Manners Piano, Conductor
Nancy Kulp Vocals
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Piano
Billy E. Powers Guitar, Vocals
William Paul Ackerman Drums
Donna Douglas Vocals
Irene Ryan & Gang Vocals
Technical Credits
Earl Scruggs Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
John McEuen Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Sara Carter Composer
Bob Johnston Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Don Law Producer
Neely Plumb Producer
Fred Rose Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Eddie Stubbs Liner Notes
Irving Townsend Producer
Spencer Williams Composer
Norman Stevens Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Zeke Manners Arranger
Neil V. Rosenberg Liner Notes
Les Leverett Photo Illustration
R.A. Andreas Photo Illustration
Richard Weize Liner Notes, Tape Research
Jake Lambert Composer
Roy Cash Composer
Louise Certain Composer
Dixie Deen Composer
Gladys Stacey Flatt Composer
Traditional Composer
Billy Graves Composer
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