Foggy Mountain Gospel

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Over the course of their 19 years with Columbia Records (1950-69), Flatt & Scruggs cut 52 gospel tunes, all of which are collected on this powerful double-disc release. Rustic and mellow, Foggy Mountain Gospel carries its message of salvation and redemption on voices deeply invested in the sentiments these songs express. Nominally a bluegrass album, Foggy Mountain Gospel is indeed more about those voices than about flashy pickin' (although many of the songs prove to be splendid showcases for dobro maestro Josh "Buck" Graves). Lester Flatt's plainspoken tenor delivers a mighty punch in all its unadorned potency and is beautiful in harmonizing with Scruggs, Curly ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Over the course of their 19 years with Columbia Records (1950-69), Flatt & Scruggs cut 52 gospel tunes, all of which are collected on this powerful double-disc release. Rustic and mellow, Foggy Mountain Gospel carries its message of salvation and redemption on voices deeply invested in the sentiments these songs express. Nominally a bluegrass album, Foggy Mountain Gospel is indeed more about those voices than about flashy pickin' (although many of the songs prove to be splendid showcases for dobro maestro Josh "Buck" Graves). Lester Flatt's plainspoken tenor delivers a mighty punch in all its unadorned potency and is beautiful in harmonizing with Scruggs, Curly Seckler, and Jake Tullock; along the way, bass vocalist Paul Warren adds resonant, evocative fills, his every appearance being memorable and energizing. In addition to their original songs, Flatt & Scruggs span the decades in their cover choices, going back to the '30s for some ageless homilies but also assaying contemporary writers such as Tom T. Hall, whose jaunty "A Stone the Builders Refused," from 1966, also features a nod to mainstream country in the instrumental lineup thanks to harmonica virtuoso Charlie McCoy adding the slightest touch of moaning support in the arrangement. Two live cuts, "Let the Church Roll On" and the F&S original story-song "Paul and Silas," offer a taste of how moving these collective voices could be outside the studio, and how precise, nuanced, and impassioned their musicianship was in a concert setting. By turns jubilant and introspective, encompassing instructive story-songs, dramatic recitations, and time-tested wisdom for guidance in living in the material world, the gospel songs of Flatt & Scruggs comprise a spiritual Baedeker that ranks with the greatest gospel music recorded in the 20th century. This one will get you through troublesome waters.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded between 1951 and 1966, the 52 tracks that make up Columbia/Legacy's Foggy Mountain Gospel compilation represent not only a high point in the careers of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, but a pinnacle for the bluegrass-gospel genre itself. The material, pulled from seven albums and a smattering of singles recorded during the duo's Columbia heydays, was produced by longtime collaborator Don Law and features some of Nashville's most legendary session players.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969257425
  • Catalog Number: 92574
  • Sales rank: 34,286

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Working on a Road (2:50)
  2. 2 He Took Your Place (2:49)
  3. 3 Get in Live Brother (2:23)
  4. 4 Brother, I'm Getting Ready to Go (2:42)
  5. 5 Reunion in Heaven (2:52)
  6. 6 Mother Prays Loud in Her Sleep (3:17)
  7. 7 Be Ready for Tomorrow May Never Come (2:42)
  8. 8 You Can Feel It in Your Soul (2:31)
  9. 9 The Old Fashioned Preacher (2:40)
  10. 10 It Won't Be Long (2:31)
  11. 11 No Mother in This World (2:49)
  12. 12 Gone Home (2:29)
  13. 13 Bubbling in My Soul (2:24)
  14. 14 Joy Bells (2:26)
  15. 15 Who Will Sing for Me (2:32)
  16. 16 Give Mother My Crown (2:52)
  17. 17 Give Me the Flowers While I'm Living (2:23)
  18. 18 Is There Room for Me (2:19)
  19. 19 A Million Years in Glory (2:33)
  20. 20 Heaven (2:36)
  21. 21 Building on Sand (2:33)
  22. 22 Jesus Savior Pilot Me (2:08)
  23. 23 He Will Set Your Fields on Fire (2:58)
  24. 24 Let the Church Roll On (2:10)
  25. 25 Paul and Silas (2:22)
  26. 26 No Hiding Place Down Here (2:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm on My Way to Canaan's Land (2:21)
  2. 2 Angel Band (2:33)
  3. 3 When the Angels Carry Me Home (2:19)
  4. 4 I'll Never Be Lonesome Again (2:21)
  5. 5 Get on the Road to Glory (2:13)
  6. 6 Take Me in Your Lifeboat (2:37)
  7. 7 Bubbling in My Soul (2:14)
  8. 8 Heaven (2:33)
  9. 9 Joy Bells (2:22)
  10. 10 Give Me the Flowers While I'm Living (2:32)
  11. 11 You Can Feel It in Your Soul (2:25)
  12. 12 Give Mother My Crown (2:46)
  13. 13 On the Rock Where Moses Stood (2:28)
  14. 14 Where Will I Shelter My Sheep (2:20)
  15. 15 I Saw Mother With God Last Night (2:42)
  16. 16 Go Home (3:15)
  17. 17 Father's Table Grace (2:28)
  18. 18 I'm Walking With Him (2:14)
  19. 19 God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign (2:10)
  20. 20 When the Saints Go Marching In (2:11)
  21. 21 Troublesome Waters (2:53)
  22. 22 No Mother in This World (2:33)
  23. 23 A Stone the Builders Refused (1:52)
  24. 24 Call Me on Home, Too (2:03)
  25. 25 Wait for the Sunshine (1:58)
  26. 26 Thank God I'm on My Way (2:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Flatt & Scruggs Primary Artist
Lester Flatt Guitar, Vocals
Josh Graves Dobro
Earl Scruggs Banjo, Guitar, Background Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Chet Atkins Rhythm Guitar
Benny Martin Bass (Vocal)
Paul Warren Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Onie Wheeler Bass
Grady Martin Rhythm Guitar
Chubby Wise Fiddle
Mother Maybelle Carter Autoharp
Harold Bradley Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Eddie Hill Rhythm Guitar
Everett Lilly Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Curly Seckler Mandolin, Background Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Joe Zinkan Bass, Double Bass
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass, Double Bass
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Earl Taylor Mandolin
Monroe Fields Mandolin
Culley Holt Bass (Vocal), Background Vocals
Howdy Forrester Fiddle
Bob Moore & His Orchestra Bass
Louis Innis Rhythm Guitar
Jake Tullock Bass, Background Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Jody Rainwater Bass, Bass (Vocal)
Billy E. Powers Rhythm Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Mother Maybelle Carter Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Frank Jones Producer, Audio Production
Don Law Producer, Audio Production
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Don Hunstein Tray Card
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Rosa Menkes Producer
Dixie Deen Composer
J. West Composer
Traditional Composer
John Christiana Packaging Manager
T. Lee Composer
Joe Rudis Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Flatt & Scruggs’ gospel music was as compelling as their secular material

    After recording for Mercury, Flatt & Scruggs started recording for Columbia in 1950. Their last Columbia session was 1969. This 2-CD “Foggy Mountain Gospel” set presents material recorded between 1951-1966. Besides a number of songs originally released as singles, this 2-CD set draws material from many classic LPs, most heavily from Songs of Glory (Columbia CL1424) and When the Saints go Marching In (Columbia CS9313). Scruggs’ phenomenal lead guitar work (“I’m Working on a Road”) kicks off the project. Then, there is the band’s cohesive vocal quartet on songs like “Get in Line Brother” and “I Saw Mother with God Last Night” and “Give Me the Flowers.” I like the old hymns they sang such as “Give Mother My Crown” and “Jesus Savior Pilot Me,” the former attributed to the songwriting of Walter Bailes. Tom T. Hall, an up-and-coming songwriter at the time, wrote“A Stone The Builders Refused.” As Rich Kienzle points out in the new liner notes, it is Flatt & Scruggs’ gospel material that transcends all else and stands as “an impressive facet of their musical legacy” and a “reminder of their peak creative years.” Both old favorites and some overlooked jewels comprise the canon. Two selections were previously unreleased (“He Will Set Your Fields on Fire” and “No Mother in the World Today”). Of the many original songs written by their wives, some of my favorites from their pens are “Joy Bells,” “No Hiding Place Down Here,” and “Get on the Road to Glory.” They also cover songs from The Carter Family (“I’m on my Way to Canaan’s Land” and “On the Rock Where Moses Stood”), the latter featuring the autoharp of Mother Maybelle Carter. Other covers come from J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers, Charlie Monroe (“When the Angels Carry Me Home”), and The Bailes Brothers. Band members like Curly Seckler, Everett Lilly, Benny Martin, Paul Warren, Jake Tullock, Howdy Forrester, and Josh “Buck” Graves. On the slight downside, Buddy Harman’s drums creep into the mix on seven tracks that are drawn from Flatt & Scruggs’ “When the Saints Go Marching In” LP. Lester Flatt passed on in 1979, but Earl Scruggs will turn 82 on January 6, 2006. Scruggs recently appeared at Merlefest and Bonnaroo, and he has been the subject of much national media attention. In September, 2005, I caught him leading an enthusiastic rendition of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” with four other banjo-players on the David Letterman Show. Together, Flatt & Scruggs’ impact on bluegrass goes without saying. Their names are synonymous with the classics of bluegrass. My hats off to Columbia/Legacy Records for re-releasing this Flatt and Scruggs material on CD. "Foggy Mountain Gospel" is a compilation of unadulterated and authentic bluegrass gospel music from the 1950s, along with two releases from the 1960s, "Songs Of Glory" and "When The Saints Go Marching In." There are also a number of live recordings. These 52 tracks on two CDs remind us that Flatt & Scruggs’ gospel music was certainly as compelling as their secular material. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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