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Joe Maphis Flying Fingers (2-CD)

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Format:  CD  (2 Discs)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: 1997
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: Bear Family


  • 1.Flying Fingers
  • 2.Lorrie Ann
  • 3.Guitar Rock and Roll
  • 4.Randy Lynn Rag
  • 5.Sweet Fern
  • 6.Twin Banjo Special
  • 7.Fire on the Strings
  • 8.Bully of the Town
  • 9.Town Hall Shuffle
  • 10.Floggin' the Banjo
  • 11.Tennessee Two Step
  • 12.Katy Warren Breakdown
  • 13.Bye, Bye
  • 14.Early American
  • 15.The Rockin' Gypsy
  • 16.Hurricane
  • 17.Short Recess
  • 18.Moonshot
  • 19.Del Rio
  • 20.Navajo (War Party)
  • 21.Jubilo
  • 22.Marching Through Georgia
  • 23.Water Baby Boogie
  • 24.Black Sombrero

Product Description:

Recorded from 1955-1960
Personnel includes Joe Maphis (guitar, mandolin, banjo, autoharp)
Producers: Don Law, Joe Johnson.
Compilation producers: Deke Dickerson, Richard Weize.
Includes liner notes by Rich Kienzle.
Personnel: Joe Maphis (guitar, banjo); Johnny Bond, Rose Lee Maphis (guitar); Cliff Crofford (trumpet); Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams (drums).
Audio Mixer: Mark Wilder.
Recording information: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (10/03/1955-06/02/1960).
Illustrators: Tom Sims; R.A. Andreas; Billy Miller .
Photographers: Tom Sims; R.A. Andreas; Billy Miller .
Arranger: Joe Maphis.
Along with Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, Joe Maphis was one of the most widely heard session guitarists from the 1940s until the 1980s, but his solo recordings weren't nearly as popular -- which doesn't mean they weren't good. The 24 brisk, crisp instrumental tracks on Flying Fingers (running under one hour) were cut mostly for Columbia between 1955 and 1960; the 1955-1957 stuff was recorded between sides by Rose Lee Maphis, and she is present there playing guitar, with Larry Collins (featured on four numbers, on top of which his sister Lorrie is the subject of the title of the Maphis original "Lorrie Ann"), Johnny Bond, and Leon Silby joining the guitar accompaniment on the later sessions. In addition to guitar, Maphis himself plays banjo and autoharp on various tracks. The best showcase to date of Maphis' work, the music features what seem like superhuman feats of dexterity, reminiscent of Jascha Heifetz's 1930s recordings on the violin, only better -- every note is hit spot-on, but the playing never loses its warmth or seems mechanical. Listeners may swear that the masters of "Flying Fingers," "Fire on the Strings," and "Floggin' the Banjo" must have been sped up, but they weren't. While they may constitute highlights, they're not alone. Other high spots include "Katy Warren Breakdown," by session fiddle player Fiddlin' Kate Warren, and the cover of "Sweet Fern" by A.P. Carter. There's also a lot of variety, especially with the presence of the four Collins sides, which rock pretty hard; "Early American" shows some strong blues elements. ~ Bruce Eder

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  • Sales Rank: 49,626
  • UPC: 4000127161031
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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