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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It started as early as 1966, when Earl Scruggs convinced his partner, Lester Flatt, to record some songs outside of the bluegrass tradition. Among them were some Bobby Bare cuts: "Passing Through," "Shut Your Face, I'm Talking to Your Head," "Before You Die," and "Take Me Home to Mama." In the same year there was the song that Ralph Stanley would make his signature, Waylon Jennings' "Man of Constant Sorrow." In 1967 it was Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country," and in 1968 it was Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," produced by Bob Johnston, Dylan's producer. And in 1969, amid the ringing electric guitars of Randy Scruggs, Charlie McCoy's harmonica, Charlie Daniels' ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It started as early as 1966, when Earl Scruggs convinced his partner, Lester Flatt, to record some songs outside of the bluegrass tradition. Among them were some Bobby Bare cuts: "Passing Through," "Shut Your Face, I'm Talking to Your Head," "Before You Die," and "Take Me Home to Mama." In the same year there was the song that Ralph Stanley would make his signature, Waylon Jennings' "Man of Constant Sorrow." In 1967 it was Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country," and in 1968 it was Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," produced by Bob Johnston, Dylan's producer. And in 1969, amid the ringing electric guitars of Randy Scruggs, Charlie McCoy's harmonica, Charlie Daniels' rhythm guitar, and others bluegrass "innovations," it was over. Arguably the most famous duo in the history of bluegrass -- eclipsing even the profile of the music's founders, Bill Monroe their former employer and Ralph Stanley in the early '60s -- Flatt & Scruggs had a bitter parting of ways that would not be mended until Flatt was on his deathbed ten years later. This Bear Family set compiles the aforementioned tracks and five and a half more CDs, including Flatt's last live date, all recorded for RCA between 1969 and 1978. Flatt, by far the more traditional of the two men, and ten years Scruggs' senior, went to record with Mac Wiseman, Josh Graves, Marty Stuart, and a host of other traditional musicians -- including Bill Monroe -- on over ten albums' worth of material both original and from the bluegrass canon. None of it matches the majesty of Flatt & Scruggs at their peak -- and neither does Scruggs' -- but it is all worthwhile as a way of looking at how bluegrass music survived a particularly tumultuous era. Certainly, collectors will find the most use for these recordings, but their appeal cannot be denied because Flatt was the most original singer in the history of the music and remains so. His voice was far deeper than most, and his phrasing reflected the same mountains he grew up in until the end, no matter what he was singing. This set may not be for everyone, but for those who sprung for the other Flatt & Scruggs boxes, or have found them to be irresistible, this is fine traditional country music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/28/1999
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127159755
  • Catalog Number: 15975
  • Sales rank: 207,609

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Heard the Wind Blow Before - Flatt & Scruggs (2:11)
  2. 2 Passing Through - Flatt & Scruggs (2:14)
  3. 3 I'll Never Understand - Flatt & Scruggs (2:15)
  4. 4 Man of Constant Sorrow - Flatt & Scruggs (2:04)
  5. 5 Take Me Home to Mama - Flatt & Scruggs (2:06)
  6. 6 Before You Die - Flatt & Scruggs (2:24)
  7. 7 Shut Your Face, I'm Talking to Your Head - Flatt & Scruggs (2:13)
  8. 8 Walk Slow - Flatt & Scruggs (2:31)
  9. 9 I'll Figure My Loss - Flatt & Scruggs (2:11)
  10. 10 Don't Get Above Your Raising - Flatt & Scruggs (2:23)
  11. 11 I Think of You - Flatt & Scruggs (2:24)
  12. 12 Girl from the North Country - Flatt & Scruggs (2:37)
  13. 13 I Want to Come Home to You - Flatt & Scruggs (2:03)
  14. 14 Walk Right In - Flatt & Scruggs (2:12)
  15. 15 Cotton Fields - Flatt & Scruggs (2:33)
  16. 16 Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Flatt & Scruggs (2:18)
  17. 17 Sing a Little Baby to Sleep - Flatt & Scruggs (2:28)
  18. 18 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Flatt & Scruggs (2:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Highway 41 (2:14)
  2. 2 Walkin' the Railroad Tracks (2:28)
  3. 3 Great Big Woman (2:47)
  4. 4 I Live the Life of Riley (2:04)
  5. 5 I Been Walkin' (2:08)
  6. 6 Aiken, South Carolina (2:13)
  7. 7 Regina (2:35)
  8. 8 Lil' Dave (2:02)
  9. 9 Mississippi Flood (2:37)
  10. 10 Don't Wake Me (2:46)
  11. 11 Ten Years of Heartaches (3:22)
  12. 12 Before I Met You (2:19)
  13. 13 Maiden's Prayer (3:50)
  14. 14 Lookin' for a Break (2:32)
  15. 15 Vic's Ride (2:15)
  16. 16 Reuben James (2:49)
  17. 17 See Rudy Fall (2:36)
  18. 18 Rainbow of My Dreams (2:45)
  19. 19 She Belongs to Me (2:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Can't Tell the Boys from the Girls (2:32)
  2. 2 Let Our Love Shine Through (2:42)
  3. 3 Flatt Lonesome (2:44)
  4. 4 Everybody Has One (But You) (2:21)
  5. 5 I'll Be over You (2:39)
  6. 6 The Good Old Fashioned Way (2:34)
  7. 7 Pick Away (2:06)
  8. 8 She's a Little Bit Country (2:36)
  9. 9 Backin' to Birmingham (2:45)
  10. 10 Head over Heels in Love (2:12)
  11. 11 Father's Table Grace (2:52)
  12. 12 Little Cabin Home on the Hill (2:53)
  13. 13 Cabin on the Hill (2:26)
  14. 14 Cedar Hill (2:42)
  15. 15 Everything We Had Goin' Is Gone (2:04)
  16. 16 The Bluebirds Are Singing for Me (2:30)
  17. 17 We'll Meet Again Sweetheart (2:48)
  18. 18 How Lonely Can You Get? (2:47)
  19. 19 Will You Be Loving Another Man? (2:32)
  20. 20 Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong (2:33)
  21. 21 Homestead on the Farm (2:23)
  22. 22 Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy (2:43)
  23. 23 Now That You Have Me (2:21)
  24. 24 I'll Never Love Another (2:05)
  25. 25 You're the Best of All the Leading Brands (2:29)
  26. 26 Love Is Like a Flower (2:16)
  27. 27 Special (2:47)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Don't Take It So Hard Mr. Webster (2:34)
  2. 2 Up a Creek Without a Paddle (2:23)
  3. 3 She Didn't Say Goodbye (2:39)
  4. 4 Jesus Gold (3:03)
  5. 5 Is Anybody Goin' North to Cincinnati? (2:25)
  6. 6 Cuttin' the Grass (2:50)
  7. 7 Good Ole You Know Who (2:29)
  8. 8 I Got It on My Mind, Today (2:51)
  9. 9 Kentucky Ridgerunner (2:38)
  10. 10 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms (2:56)
  11. 11 The Martha White Theme (0:58)
  12. 12 You're Still Mine Tonight (2:43)
  13. 13 I'll Stay Around (2:47)
  14. 14 Salty Dog Blues (2:13)
  15. 15 Just a Strand from a Yellow Curl (2:54)
  16. 16 Mama's and Daddy's Little Girl (2:36)
  17. 17 Blue Ridge Cabin Home (2:32)
  18. 18 Me and Your Cabin (2:33)
  19. 19 Waiting for the Boys to Come Home (2:16)
  20. 20 On the South Bend (2:19)
  21. 21 I'm Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling (2:45)
  22. 22 Are You Coming Back to Me (2:18)
  23. 23 When You Are Lonely (2:50)
  24. 24 You Can't Trust a Friend Anymore (2:28)
  25. 25 February Snow (2:54)
  26. 26 It's Sad to Be Alone (2:19)
  27. 27 Love Is the Key (2:15)
  28. 28 Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2:23)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Have You Come to Say Goodbye (2:59)
  2. 2 Her Sweet Love's Callin' Me (2:50)
  3. 3 My Little Girl's Little Girl (2:52)
  4. 4 Nashville Grass Breakdown (2:13)
  5. 5 Don't Get Above Your Raising (2:45)
  6. 6 Feudin' Banjos (1:45)
  7. 7 The Country Boy (2:36)
  8. 8 I'm Gonna Get My Picture Took (2:40)
  9. 9 I Like to Have Papa Show Me Around (2:06)
  10. 10 My Arms Will Make You Forget (2:46)
  11. 11 No Place to Pillow My Head (2:22)
  12. 12 The Haskel Stomp (2:28)
  13. 13 One Bad Case of the Blues (2:40)
  14. 14 Love's Come over Me (2:24)
  15. 15 The Girl I Love Don't Pay Me No Mind (2:31)
  16. 16 I'll Go Stepping Too (2:45)
  17. 17 Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone (2:43)
  18. 18 I'm a Stranger in This World (2:43)
  19. 19 More Pretty Girls Than One (2:36)
  20. 20 When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again (2:52)
  21. 21 Over the Hills to the Poorhouse (3:12)
  22. 22 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered (2:55)
  23. 23 This Man Jesus (2:22)
  24. 24 Crazy Life (2:37)
  25. 25 She Left Me Because I Drink (2:18)
  26. 26 I've Been Away So Long (3:05)
  27. 27 McCormick String Picnic (2:00)
  28. 28 Never Ending Song of Love (2:12)
  29. 29 Before You Go (2:39)
  30. 30 Country Living (2:54)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Flint Hill Special (3:53)
  2. 2 Lost All My Money (2:18)
  3. 3 I'll Be All Smiles Tonight (3:00)
  4. 4 Homestead on the Farm (4:46)
  5. 5 Rawhide (4:04)
  6. 6 Wabash Cannonball (3:45)
  7. 7 Orange Blossom Special (3:43)
  8. 8 Nine Pound Hammer (3:00)
  9. 9 Get in Line Brother (2:54)
  10. 10 The Fall Is a Lonesome Time for Me (4:30)
  11. 11 I Know What It Means to Be Lonesome (2:19)
  12. 12 Dig a Hole in the Meadow (3:26)
  13. 13 Uncle Pen (2:45)
  14. 14 Blue Moon of Kentucky (2:33)
  15. 15 My Old Used to Be (3:22)
  16. 16 Will You Be Loving Another Man? (2:06)
  17. 17 My Little Cabin Home on the Hill (3:05)
  18. 18 Cryin' Holy Unto the Lord (3:10)
  19. 19 Sally Goodin' (4:21)
  20. 20 Mule Skinner Blues (3:26)
  21. 21 Salty Dog Blues (2:45)
  22. 22 Red Wing (2:53)
  23. 23 Wreck of the Old '97 (2:37)
  24. 24 Martha White Theme (1:44)
  25. 25 Cumberland Gap (1:55)
  26. 26 Foggy Mountain Breakdown (0:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Flatt Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Flatt & Scruggs Track Performer
Bill Monroe Mandolin, Vocals, Track Performer
Earl Scruggs Banjo, Baritone (Vocal), Track Performer
Mac Wiseman Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader, Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Warren Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Jack Martin Dobro
Fred Carter Electric Guitar, Leader
Grady Martin Guitar
Vic Jordan Banjo
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Lightnin' Chance String Bass
Charlie Daniels Electric Bass, Rhythm Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Boomer Clarke Vocals
Ray Edenton Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Ralph Gallant Drums
Jim Isbell Drums
Billy Linneman Bass
Bobby Osborne Mandolin
Norbert Putnam String Bass
Jimmy Riddle Harmonica
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Gary Scruggs Guitar, Tambourine, Baritone (Vocal)
Randy Scruggs Guitar
Jerry Shook Rhythm Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Don Smith Bass
Henry Strzelecki String Bass
Roland White Mandolin
Jerry Whitehurst Piano
Marilyn Harman Drums
Monroe Fields Guitar
Johnny Montgomery Bass
Bob Moore String Bass
Kenny Ingram Banjo
Charles Nixon Dobro
Robert G. Wilson Piano
Howard G. "Johnny" Johnson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Haskel McCormick Banjo
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Chet Atkins Producer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Matt Kelly Tape Research
A.P. Carter Composer
Jack Clement Producer
Bob Ferguson Producer
Bob Johnston Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith Composer
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Producer
Don Robert Johnston Producer
George Vaughn Composer
Achim Elsner Mastering
Wolfgang Taubenauer Artwork
Traditional Composer
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