Sunday, October 29, 2017

Flatt & Scruggs - 1959-1963 (1992)


1992 | Country, Bluegrass | Mp3 320 kbps | 5 CD | 912 Mb

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.

 CD 1, 1. I'm On My Way To Canaan's Land (2:23), 2. Angel Band (2:34), 3. When The Angels Carry Me Home (2:20), 4. I'll Never Be Lonesome Again (2:22), 5. Get On The Road to Glory (2:14), 6. Take Me In Your Lifeboat (2:38), 7. Bubbling In My Soul (2:15), 8. Heaven (2:34), 9. Joy Bells (2:23), 10. Give Me My Flowers While I'm Living (2:33), 11. You Can Feel It In Your Soul (2:26), 12. Give Mother My Crown (2:48), 13. The Great Historical Bum (2:10), 14. I've Lost You Forever (2:28), 15. Polka On A Banjo (2:45), 16. All I Want Is You (2:13), 17. Shuckin' The Corn (instrumental) (2:10), 18. Home Sweet Home (instrumental) (2:14), 19. Fire Ball Mail (instrumental) (1:52), 20. Cripple Creek (instrumental) (2:07), 21. Reuben (instrumental) (2:01), 22. John Henry (instrumental) (2:06), 23. Cumberland Gap (instrumental) (1:57), 24. Lonesome Road Blues (instrumental) (2:02), 25. Sally Goodwin (instrumental) (2:11), 26. Little Darlin', Pal Of Mine (instrumental) (1:56), 27. Sally Ann (instrumental) (2:10), 28. Bugle Call Rag (instrumental) (2:26)

CD 2, 1. I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow (2:06), 2. If I Should Wander Back Tonight (2:09), 3. Cold, Cold Loving (2:28), 4. Welcome To The Club (2:26), 5. False Hearted Lover (instrumental) (2:22), 6. Pickin' In The Wildwood (2:19), 7. The Homestead On The Farm (2:10), 8. Foggy Mountain Top (2:26), 9. You Are My Flower (2:45), 10. Forsaken Love (2:26), 11. The Storms Are On The Ocean (2:46), 12. Gathering Flowers From The Hillside (instrumental) (2:13), 13. Worried Man Blues (2:01), 14. On The Rock Where Moses Stood (2:28), 15. Keep On The Sunny Side (3:08), 16. Jimmie Brown, The Newsboy (2:36), 17. Just Ain't (2:16), 18. Where Will I Shelter My Sheep (2:21), 19. I Saw Mother With God Last Night (2:41), 20. Go Home (3:16), 21. Handsome Molly (2:03), 22. Coal Loadin' Johnny (2:50), 23. Hear That Whistle Blow (A Hundred Miles) (2:38), 24. Too Old For A Broken Heart (2:26)

CD 3, 1. The Legend Of The Johnson Boys (2:17), 2. All The Good Times Are Past And Gone (2:34), 3. George Alley's F.F.V. (3:46), 4. This Land Is Your Land (2:28), 5. Philadelphia Lawyer (2:46), 6. Sun's Gonna Shine In My Back Door Some Day (2:19), 7. Hear The Wind Blow (3:08), 8. I'll Be No Man's Wife (2:38), 9. McKinley's Gone (2:34), 10. Nine Pound Hammer (2:25), 11. Ellen Smith (2:29), 12. Life Of Trouble (2:43), 13. The Ballad Of Jed Clampett (2:05), 14. Hard Travelin' (2:42), 15. The Wreck Of The Old 97 (2:32), 16. Ninety-nine Years Is Almost For Life (3:27), 17. Over The Hills To The Poorhouse (3:21), 18. New York Town (2:43), 19. Dixie Home (2:27), 20. Pastures Of Plenty (2:39), 21. Bound To Ride (2:07), 22. When I Left East Virginia (3:48), 23. Drowned In The Deep Blue Sea (2:23), 24. My Native Home (2:15), 25. Coal Miner's Blues (2:29)

CD 4, 1. Pearl, Pearl, Pearl (2:12), 2. What About You (2:34), 3. Rambling Gambler (3:02), 4. Mama Don't Allow (2:27), 5. I'm Troubled (2:16), 6. My Saro Jane (2:48), 7. The Train That Carried My Girl From Town (2:24), 8. Little Birdie (2:37), 9. You Are My Flower (2:31), 10. Po' Rebel Soldier (2:06), 11. Old Joe Clark (4:01), 12. Sally Goodin (3:47), 13. Black Mountain Rag (3:55), 14. Billy In The Lowground (3:56), 15. Twinkle Little Star (4:02), 16. Old Fiddler (4:04), 17. Soldier's Joy (4:09), 18. Georgia Shuffle (5:00), 19. Golden Slippers (4:36), 20. Tennessee Wagner (4:00)

CD 5, 1. Salty Dog Blues (5:23), 2. Durham's Reel (1:16), 3. Down The Road (2:07), 4. Rainbow (1:11), 5. Big Ball In Brooklyn (1:57), 6. Flint Hill Special (2:16), 7. Dig A Hole In The Meadow (2:58), 8. I Hung My Head And Cried (2:40), 9. Hot Corn, Cold Corn (2:43), 10. Little Darlin' Pal of Mine (1:36), 11. You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming (1:16), 12. Footprints In The Snow (3:09), 13. The Martha White Theme (1:07), 14. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight (3:48), 15. Old McDonald Had A Farm (2:27), 16. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire (2:48), 17. Let The Church Roll On (2:31), 18. Wildwood Flower (2:01), 19. Hear That Whistle Blow (A Hundred Miles) (3:33), 20. Fiddle And Banjo (1:32), 21. Old Leather Britches (2:40), 22. Ballad Of Jed Clampett (2:08), 23. Yonder Stands Little Maggie (2:11), 24. Reuben (2:49), 25. Mama Blues (1:46), 26. I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome (2:17), 27. Foggy Mountain Rock (1:47), 28. Take This Hammer (2:43), 29. McKinley's Gone (2:38), 30. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms (1:34), 31. Gotta Travel On (3:27), 32. Mountain Dew (2:26)



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