Flatt & Scruggs

1948-1959

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The first of four box sets documenting the complete recordings of Flatt & Scruggs as a working band, this one detailing the group's first 11 years is generally considered the most essential. These 113 tracks represent the duo's complete Mercury recordings on disc one and the beginning of their Columbia sides on discs two through four. There is one completely unissued cut, and the entire package has been remastered and contains copious liner notes. Contained here are the 1949 recordings of their classic "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and 1950's "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms," and also mid-'50s stompers such as "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke," "Flint Hill Special," and "You're Not a Drop in the Bucket"; gospel tunes such as "Give My Mother My Crown," "A Million Years in Glory," "Jesus Savior Pilot Me"; and hot singles such as "Cabin on the Hill," "Foggy Mountain Rock," and "Crying My Heart Out Over You." Beginning with the Bill Monroe band where Flatt's voice first countered Monroe's high lonesome, Flatt & Scruggs made that low, clear bell of a sound into a trademark -- as they did with Scruggs' unique banjo styles. While the music on later collections is fine and rousing, this is truly exciting with all the hope and trepidation of discovery and walking the high wire in search of something original. These four CDs are essential for every serious fan of bluegrass music.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:42 Amazon
2 02:39 Amazon
3 02:43 Amazon
4 02:38 Amazon
5 02:59 Amazon
6 02:52 Amazon
7 02:41 Amazon
8 02:41 Amazon
9 02:27 Amazon
10 02:44 Amazon
11 02:39 Amazon
12 02:41 Amazon
13 02:34 Amazon
14 02:31 Amazon
15 02:43 Amazon
16 03:02 Amazon
17 02:49 Amazon
18 02:45 Amazon
19 02:24 Amazon
20 02:25 Amazon
21 02:47 Amazon
22 02:39 Amazon
23 02:55 Amazon
24 02:29 Amazon
25 02:30 Amazon
26 02:15 Amazon
27
02:34 Amazon
28 02:28 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:41 Amazon
2 02:38 Amazon
3 02:50 Amazon
4 02:55 Amazon
5 02:34 Amazon
6 02:45 Amazon
7 02:44 Amazon
8 02:50 Amazon
9 02:43 Amazon
10 02:50 Amazon
11 02:49 Amazon
12 02:53 Amazon
13 02:57 Amazon
14 02:56 Amazon
15 03:01 Amazon
16 02:49 Amazon
17 02:56 Amazon
18 02:39 Amazon
19 02:23 Amazon
20 02:43 Amazon
21 02:45 Amazon
22 02:47 Amazon
23 02:48 Amazon
24 02:42 Amazon
25 02:55 Amazon
26 02:30 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:54 Amazon
2
02:49 Amazon
3 02:53 Amazon
4 02:46 Amazon
5 02:18 Amazon
6 02:51 Amazon
7 03:17 Amazon
8 02:43 Amazon
9 02:36 Amazon
10 02:41 Amazon
11 02:36 Amazon
12 02:30 Amazon
13 03:07 Amazon
14 02:04 Amazon
15 02:30 Amazon
16 02:40 Amazon
17 02:38 Amazon
18 02:38 Amazon
19 02:05 Amazon
20 02:47 Amazon
21 02:56 Amazon
22 02:31 Amazon
23 02:32 Amazon
24
02:50 Amazon
25 02:28 Amazon
26 02:23 Amazon
27 02:25 Amazon
28
02:41 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:33 Amazon
2 02:31 Amazon
3 02:51 Amazon
4 02:43 Amazon
5 02:03 Amazon
6 02:18 Amazon
7 02:08 Amazon
8
02:11 Amazon
9 02:24 Amazon
10 02:20 Amazon
11 02:17 Amazon
12
02:14 Amazon
13 02:28 Amazon
14 02:12 Amazon
15 02:40 Amazon
16
02:27 Amazon
17 02:22 Amazon
18 02:47 Amazon
19 02:33 Amazon
20
02:37 Amazon
21 02:33 Amazon
22 02:08 Amazon
23 02:36 Amazon
24 02:11 Amazon
25
02:22 Amazon
26 02:41 Amazon
27 02:29 Amazon
28 02:42 Amazon
29 02:23 Amazon
30 02:03 Amazon
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