Earl Scruggs and Friends

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
As sideman, bandleader, and visionary, septuagenarian Earl Scruggs has cut a swath through country music history wide enough to have crossed property lines and infringed on rock music's turf, too. Such is the evidence on Earl Scruggs and Friends, what with the likes of Elton John on a reimagining of "Country Comfort", Melissa Etheridge, and Sting sitting in. But the day really belongs to Scruggs, whose banjo solos on his first new recording in 17 years remain a wonder of inventiveness and economy, and to the country-rooted artists joining him here. Dwight Yoakam reduces the competition to rubble with the fevered "Borrowed Love," a cautionary tale about the wages of ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
As sideman, bandleader, and visionary, septuagenarian Earl Scruggs has cut a swath through country music history wide enough to have crossed property lines and infringed on rock music's turf, too. Such is the evidence on Earl Scruggs and Friends, what with the likes of Elton John on a reimagining of "Country Comfort", Melissa Etheridge, and Sting sitting in. But the day really belongs to Scruggs, whose banjo solos on his first new recording in 17 years remain a wonder of inventiveness and economy, and to the country-rooted artists joining him here. Dwight Yoakam reduces the competition to rubble with the fevered "Borrowed Love," a cautionary tale about the wages of wanton desire written on the spot by Yoakam, Scruggs, and his son, project producer Randy Scruggs. "True Love Never Dies" is an occasion for gritty trade-off vocals by Gary Scruggs and Travis Tritt, and hot picking by Scruggs père et fils. John Fogerty sparks a bluegrass workout on the traditional "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues" with his bold, twangy vocal setting the stage for Scruggs, fiddler Glen Duncan, and Dobro maestro Jerry Douglas to tear it up with their respective solos. Vince Gill, with Rosanne Cash adding silky, seductive vocal harmony, offers a remarkably tenderhearted "I Found Love." Bookending rough-hewn vocals by Don Henley, Johnny Cash adds gravitas to "Passin' Thru" co-written with Randy Scruggs by way of stentorian spoken verses that smack of philosophical insights from a backwoods Lao-Tzu. And for good measure there's a nearly five-minute taste of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," courtesy of an all-star instrumental lineup whose members include Leon Russell, Albert Lee with a fabulous solo, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, and Steve Martin, in addition to the Scruggs family and others.
All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
Earl Scruggs practically invented the word banjo, and perhaps because of that he can count some of the most elite musicians among his "friends": Elton John, Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Don Henley, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, and the list goes on. In a career that spans 50 years, Scruggs' five-string banjo stylings have helped to define American music. Here, on this 12-track compilation produced by son Randy, those banjo stylings can be heard in the same folk-based music he's known for, and also combined with a fresh and unequaled range of material that comes with having so many varied and dissimilar artists involved. Every song has a unique story to tell, but is always brandished with that distinctive Scruggs polish.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Mca Mod Afw
  • UPC: 008817018928
  • Catalog Number: 170189
  • Sales rank: 93,980

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Country Comfort - Elton John (4:52)
  2. 2 Borrowed Love - Dwight Yoakam (3:00)
  3. 3 Ring of Fire - Billy Bob Thornton (3:57)
  4. 4 True Love Never Dies - Billy Bob Thornton (3:47)
  5. 5 The Angels - Melissa Etheridge (4:54)
  6. 6 Fill Her Up - Sting (5:44)
  7. 7 Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Randy Scruggs (4:49)
  8. 8 Somethin' Just Ain't Right - Randy Scruggs (3:54)
  9. 9 I Found Love - Vince Gill (3:10)
  10. 10 Blue Ridge Mountain Blues - John Fogerty (3:21)
  11. 11 Passin' Thru - Don Henley (5:37)
  12. 12 Foggy Mountain Rock/Foggy Mountan Special [Medley] - Marty Stuart (2:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earl Scruggs Primary Artist, Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Steve Martin Track Performer
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Marty Stuart Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Johnny Cash Vocals
Rosanne Cash Vocals
Travis Tritt Vocals
Dwight Yoakam Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ashley Cleveland Vocal Harmony
Melissa Etheridge Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
John Fogerty Vocals
Don Henley Vocals
Elton John Piano, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Albert Lee Guitar
Leon Russell Organ
John Jorgenson Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Glen Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Paul Shaffer Piano
Kenny Aronoff Percussion, Drums
Michael Baird Drums
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Jim Cox Synthesizer, Synthesizer Guitar
Chad Cromwell Drums
Dan Dugmore Dobro
Vince Gill Electric Guitar, Vocals
David Hungate Bass
Carl Jackson Vocal Harmony
Kipper Synthesizer
Jay Dee Maness Steel Guitar
George Marinelli Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Michael Omartian Synthesizer, Piano
Dave Pomeroy Bass, Vocal Harmony
Gary Scruggs Harmonica, Vocals
Randy Scruggs Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Harry Stinson Drums, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Pete Wasner Keyboards
Willie Weeks Bass
Glenn Worf Bass, Upright Bass
Reese Wynans Organ, Keyboards, Wurlitzer
Leland Sklar Bass
Billy Bob Thornton Track Performer
Joe Sumner Vocal Harmony
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Earl Scruggs Composer, Liner Notes
Dwight Yoakam Composer
Sally Browder Engineer
Michael Dumas Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Ron Reynolds Engineering
Randy Scruggs Composer, Producer
Simon Osborne Engineer
Louise Scruggs Liner Notes, Management
Glenn Spinner Engineer
Todd Parker Engineer
Eric Conn Mastering Editor
D.J. McLachlan Representation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A little lacking

    I bought this album simply because of foggy mountain breakdown, and yes--I was expecting more from the other tunes. Some Dark Holler really came through for me, as did Foggy Mountain Rock/foggy mountain special. Sting. need I say more? If you're looking for a bluegrass album, this is not the disc for you. The range of styles almost drowns out earl. He pretty much just did a few rolls throughout every song, along with an 8-measure breakdown. The end. Foggy Mnt. Brk. was awesome, although the organ was a little much for me. Overall a good album. I started out skipping tracks, but then they kind of caught on to me... I guess that's just how these things go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pick-kickin'

    This is a GREAT cd! Not really a fan of country muse (a recent convert), I nonetheless thoroughly enjoy the spirited pickin' of Mr. Scruggs here -- with particular kudos to Country Comfort, with Sir Elton & Passin' Thru (with Messrs. Henley and Cash), both of which I think are grammy material. Wasn't enamored of Ring of Fire, with BB Thornton at first, but it does grow on you. New Tune by Dwight Yoakam quite a good country tune.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pickin & Grinnin

    An extremely balanced well-rounded compilation. Scruggs is the undisputed king of the banjo. The whole disc is great but Country Comfort, True Love Never Dies, & Passin Thru are classics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    I had heard a cut from this album on our local public radio station and eagerly bought this new CD by one of my old favorites. A couple of cuts are outstanding (Foggy Mountain Rock, Ring of Fire), but the rest are quite disappointing. There is no cohesiveness, and the artistry that Earl and Randy are capable of just didn't show. I have heard the Earl Scruggs Review live several times over the years, and this just didn't measure up. It *is* a nice tribute to Earl, though, that so many illustrious friends wanted to record with him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!!!

    Just like last years ''Santana'' album, Earl chooses a few VERY WELL known friends to accompany his youthful playing style. I Love this album, it covers a lot of musical tastes and is there isn't a bad song in the mix.

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