Flatt & Scruggs 1959-1963 (5-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (5 Discs)
Item:  IMT 15559

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released: June 1, 1992
  • Label: Bear Family

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.I'm on My Way to Canaan's Land
  • 2.Angel Band
  • 3.When the Angels Carry Me Home
  • 4.I'll Never Be Lonesome Again
  • 5.Get on That Road to Glory
  • 6.Take Me in a Lifeboat
  • 7.Bubbling in My Soul
  • 8.Heaven
  • 9.Joy Bells
  • 10.Give Me Flowers While I'm Living
  • 11.You Can Feel It in Your Soul
  • 12.Give Mother My Crown
  • 13.The Great Historical Bum
  • 14.I've Lost You Forever
  • 15.Polka on a Banjo
  • 16.All I Want Is You
  • 17.Shuckin' the Corn
  • 18.Home Sweet Home
  • 19.Fireball Mail
  • 20.Cripple Creek
  • 21.Reuben
  • 22.John Henry
  • 23.Cumberland Gap
  • 24.Lonesome Road Blues
  • 25.Sally Goodin'
  • 26.Little Darlin' Pal of Mine
  • 27.Sally Ann
  • 28.Bugle Call Rag

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
  • 2.If I Should Wander Back Tonight
  • 3.Cold, Cold Loving
  • 4.Welcome to the Club
  • 5.False Hearted Lover
  • 6.Pickin' in the Wildwood
  • 7.The Homestead on the Farm
  • 8.Foggy Mountain Top
  • 9.You Are My Flower
  • 10.Forsaken Love
  • 11.The Storms Are on the Ocean
  • 12.Gathering Flowers from the Hillside
  • 13.Worried Man Blues
  • 14.On the Rock Where Moses Stood
  • 15.Keep on the Sunny Side
  • 16.Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy
  • 17.Just Ain't
  • 18.Where Will I Shelter My Sheep
  • 19.I Saw Mother With God Last Night
  • 20.Go Home
  • 21.Handsome Molly
  • 22.Coal Loadin' Johnny
  • 23.Hear That Whistle Blow (A Hundred Miles)
  • 24.Too Old for a Broken Heart

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.The Legend of the Johnson Boys
  • 2.Good Times Are Past and Gone
  • 3.George Alley's F.F.V.
  • 4.This Land Is Your Land
  • 5.Philadelphia Lawyer
  • 6.Sun's Gonna Shine in My Backdoor Someday
  • 7.Hear the Wind Blow
  • 8.I'll Be No Man's Wife
  • 9.McKinley's Gone
  • 10.Nine Pound Hammer
  • 11.Ellen Smith
  • 12.Life of Trouble
  • 13.The Ballad of Jed Clampett
  • 14.Hard Travelin'
  • 15.Wreck of the Old '97
  • 16.Ninety Nine Years Is Almost for Life
  • 17.Over the Hills to the Poorhouse
  • 18.New York Town
  • 19.Dixie Home
  • 20.Pastures of Plenty
  • 21.Bound to Ride
  • 22.When I Left East Virginia
  • 23.Drowned in the Deep Blue Sea
  • 24.My Native Home
  • 25.Coal Miner's Blues

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Pearl, Pearl, Pearl
  • 2.What About You
  • 3.Rambling Gambler
  • 4.Mama Don't Allow It
  • 5.I'm Troubled
  • 6.My Saro Jane
  • 7.The Train That Carried My Girl from Town
  • 8.Little Birdie
  • 9.You Are My Flower
  • 10.Poor Rebel Soldier
  • 11.Old Jack Clark
  • 12.Sally Goodin'
  • 13.Black Mountain Rag
  • 14.Billy in the Lowground
  • 15.Twinkle Little Star
  • 16.Old Fiddler
  • 17.Soldier's Joy
  • 18.Georgia Shuffle
  • 19.Golden Slippers
  • 20.Tennessee Wagner

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 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

Product Description:

Flatt & Scruggs: Lester Flatt (vocals, guitar); Earl Scruggs (vocals, guitar, banjo).
Additional personnel: Merle R. Travis (vocals, guitar); Burkett H. "Buck" Graves (vocals, dobro, bass); English P. "Jake" Tullock, Jr. (vocals, acoustic bass, sound effects); Billy E. Powers (guitar, background vocals); Maybelle Carter (guitar, autoharp); John Ray "Curly" Seckler (mandolin, handclapping, background vocals); William K. "Kenny" Haddock (dobro); Paul Warren (fiddle, handclapping, background vocals); Gordon Terry (fiddle); William Edward "Billy" Liebert (piano); Joseph S. Zinkan (acoustic bass); John W. Greubel, Douglas G. Kirkham, M.C. "Muddy" Berry, William P. "Willie" Ackerman, Murray M. "Buddy" Harman, Jr. (drums); Culley Holt (background vocals).
Producers: Don Law, Neely Plumb, Frank Jones.
Reissue producer: Richard Weize.
Recorded at Bradley Film & Recording Studio and Columbia Studio, Nashville, Tennessee; RCA Victor Studio 1 and RCA Victor Studio 2, Hollywood, California between August 23, 1959 and November 27, 1963; Recorded live at Carnegie Hall, New York, New York on December 8, 1962. Includes liner notes by Neil V. Rosenberg.
Personnel: English P. Jr. "Jake" Tullock (vocals, tenor, baritone, guitar, sound effects); Billy E. Powers (vocals, tenor, guitar); Earl Scruggs (vocals, baritone, guitar, banjo); Buck Graves (vocals, baritone, dobro); Lester Flatt, Merle Travis (vocals, guitar); Curly Seckler (tenor, guitar, mandolin, hand claps); Culley Holt (bass voice, guitar); Paul Warren (bass voice, fiddle, hand claps); Mother Maybelle Carter (guitar, autoharp); William K. "Kenny" Haddock (dobro); Gordon Terry (fiddle); William Edward "Billy" Liebert (piano); Douglas Kirkham, John W. Greubel, William Paul Ackerman, M.C. Berry, Buddy Harman (drums).
Audio Mixer: Mark Wilder.
Liner Note Author: Neil V. Rosenberg.
Recording information: Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, TN (08/23/1959-11/27/1963); Carnegie Hall, 7th Avenue & West 57th Street, New York, (08/23/1959-11/27/1963); Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (08/23/1959-11/27/1963); Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, TN (08/23/1959-11/27/1963); Columbia Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, TN (08/23/1959-11/27/1963); Neely Auditorlum, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (08/23/1959-11/27/1963); RCA Victor Studio 2, Hollywood, CA (08/23/1959-11/27/1963).
Illustrators: Les Leverett; R.A. Andreas; Lawrence Cohn.
Photographers: Les Leverett; R.A. Andreas; Lawrence Cohn.
Unknown Contributor Role: Eddie Stubbs.
While the first Flatt & Scruggs box on Bear Family documented the band's development over its first 11 years -- 1948-1959 -- this set captures the band at the height of its meteoric rise to fame into the stuff of legend. First and foremost, Flatt & Scruggs eclipsed the fame of their mentor, Bill Monroe by having six charting singles in Billboard between the mid-'50s and 1960. They also got reviewed in Playboy and Downbeat magazines and began to play the Newport Folk Festival and appear on stages with Joan Baez, Cisco Houston, the Kingston Trio, New Christy Minstrels, Woody Guthrie, John Jacob Niles, and many others. Things began to heat up for Flatt & Scruggs in 1963, when they debuted the "Theme of Jed Clampett" for the new television comedy series The Beverly Hillbillies. This box contains six complete LPs recorded during those years, the complete edition of their concert at Carnegie Hall, and an album of square dancing fiddle tunes for which guitarist Merle Travis and fiddler Gordon Terry were added to the band. Over five CDs and 139 selections, the Flatt & Scruggs trek to superstardom is well documented. Their names became household for appearances on everything from the Ed Sullivan show to The Price Is Right. But most importantly, what Flatt & Scruggs accomplished during this period was extraordinary: They not only brought the American public at large to traditional country and bluegrass music from the Southern mountains; they also pushed the envelope on the bluegrass to places it literally would never have gone. Take a listen to their version of Doc Watson's "I'm Troubled" from 1963, recorded just four days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the use of Buddy Harman's drums on Guthrie's "Hard Travelin" and "This Land Is Your Land," or Maybelle Carter's lead guitar on an entire program of Carter Family classics recorded in 1961. This is the sound of history in the making, of mountain music coming down from the mountain as the rest of the country opens to it in all of its raw, heartfelt glory. This is breathtaking material and is the most mainstream of the three sets devoted to Flatt & Scruggs -- there is one devoted to Lester's music after the band's demise -- and it is the most exciting. ~ Thom Jurek

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