Flatt & Scruggs at Carnegie Hall! [The Complete Concert]

Flatt & Scruggs at Carnegie Hall! [The Complete Concert]

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When Flatt & Scruggs appeared on the Carnegie Hall stage in December of 1962, it was proof that bluegrass music had hit the big time. Guitarist and singer Lester Flatt and banjo god Earl Scruggs (who has been credited, not entirely accurately, with inventing the three-fingerSee more details below

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When Flatt & Scruggs appeared on the Carnegie Hall stage in December of 1962, it was proof that bluegrass music had hit the big time. Guitarist and singer Lester Flatt and banjo god Earl Scruggs (who has been credited, not entirely accurately, with inventing the three-finger picking style that distinguishes bluegrass banjo playing from its old-time antecedents) had fully emerged from the shadow of Bill Monroe, their former boss, and made a national name for themselves. Columbia released an album that included 13 songs from that performance, and this CD reissue adds the rest of the set for a total of 32 tracks. The uncut version of the concert makes a couple of things clear. First, that we really were missing some fine moments, including a gorgeous version of "He Will Set Your Fields on Fire" and a couple of fun bass-and-banjo duets. Second, that we weren't missing more than a few. The 13 songs on the original LP, which included a roaring rendition of the Earl Scruggs composition "Flint Hill Special," the surprisingly lovely (given the subject matter) "Hot Corn, Cold Corn," and one of the best performances of "Take This Hammer" ever recorded, did indeed constitute the best of the Carnegie Hall concert. Apart from the highlights noted above, the rest of it was good, but rarely transcendent -- though it does end with fireworks when Merle Travis joins the band for a two-song encore.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/1998
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923792925
catalogNumber:
7929
Rank:
3921

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Tracks

  1. Salty Dog Blues
  2. Durham's Reel
  3. Down the Road
  4. Rainbow
  5. Big Ball in Brooklyn
  6. Flint Hill Special
  7. Dig a Hole in the Meadow
  8. I Hung My Head and Cried
  9. Hot Corn, Cold Corn
  10. Little Darlin' Pal of Mine
  11. You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming
  12. Footprints in the Snow
  13. The Martha White Theme
  14. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
  15. Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  16. He Will Set Your Fields on Fire
  17. Let the Church Roll On
  18. Wildwood Flower
  19. Hear That Whistle Blow (A Hundred Miles)
  20. Fiddle and Banjo
  21. Old Leather Britches
  22. Ballad of Jed Clampett
  23. Yonder Stands Little Maggie
  24. Reuben
  25. Mama Blues
  26. I Know What It Means to Be Lonesome
  27. Foggy Mountain Rock
  28. Take This Hammer
  29. McKinley's Gone
  30. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
  31. Gotta Travel On
  32. Mountain Dew

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