Various Artists

Bluegrass Masters

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The title doesn't lie -- this disc has 21 tracks by three of the best acts in the field (Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and Jim & Jesse McReynolds), recorded live at the 1965 and 1966 Newport Folk Festivals. The sound and performances are good, and each act presents some familiar favorites -- the McReynolds offer "Dueling Banjos" and "Sugarfoot Rag," Monroe does "Shady Grove" and "Cotton-Eyed Joe," and Flatt & Scruggs play "Orange Blossom Special," "Foggy Mountain Chimes," and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett." A youthful Peter Rowan, then a guitarist with Monroe, does a duet vocal with the bandleader on "Walls of Time."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
0:19
2 4:41
3 1:34
4 5:11
5 1:57
6 2:46
7 2:36
8
0:07
9 1:57
10 2:44
11 2:29
12 1:48
13 2:39
14 2:13
15 3:10
16 1:35
17
0:09
18 2:00
19 2:21
20
2:19
21 2:51
22 3:16
23 2:06
24 2:58
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