Flatt & Scruggs

1948-1959

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1948-1959 Review

by Thom Jurek

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 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:42 Amazon
2 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:39 Amazon
3 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:43 Amazon
4 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:38 Amazon
5 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:59 Amazon
6 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:52 Amazon
7 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:41 Amazon
8 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:41 Amazon
9 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:27 Amazon
10 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:44 Amazon
11 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:39 Amazon
12 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:41 Amazon
13 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:34 Amazon
14 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:31 Amazon
15 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:43 Amazon
16 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 03:02 Amazon
17 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:49 Amazon
18 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:45 Amazon
19 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:24 Amazon
20 Flatt & Scruggs 02:25 Amazon
21 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:47 Amazon
22 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:39 Amazon
23 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:55 Amazon
24 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:29 Amazon
25 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:30 Amazon
26 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:15 Amazon
27
Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:34 Amazon
28 Flatt & Scruggs feat: Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs 02:28 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

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

Track Listing - Disc 3

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

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