CD 1959-1963 [Box] (CD 1233976),
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1959-1963 [Box]

  • 0. 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. Great Historical Bum, The
    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
    0. 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. Homestead on the Farm, The
    8. Foggy Mountain Top
    9. You Are My Flower
    10. Forsaken Love
    11. Storms Are on the Ocean, The
    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
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Legend of the Johnson Boys, The
    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. Ballad of Jed Clampett, The
    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
    0. 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. Train That Carried My Girl from Town, The
    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
    0. 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. Martha White Theme, The
    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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0000015559

  • Credits

    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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