Flatt & Scruggs

Winning Combinations

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Identical to all of Universal's Winning Combination series in format, the Flatt & Scruggs/Bill Monroe edition combines two like-minded groups and splits the track listing into two sets of five performances by each artist. Being the bluegrass edition, five songs by Flatt & Scruggs paired with five from Monroe is about as top of the line as any compilation with a similar format could get. The trouble is, this collection does not have the depth of material to show all of the relevant sides of either of these groups, nor is it an excellent overview of what bluegrass became after Flatt & Scruggs and Monroe defined the genre. So, while it is certainly pleasant listing, it serves no purpose to listeners who are already fans of each of these two artists and little purpose for those looking for an avenue to become immersed in bluegrass when there is a great deal of excellent compilations of Flatt & Scruggs and Monroe material as well as various-artists compilations available elsewhere. The fact that this CD clocks in at just over 26 minutes and contains nothing in the way of liner notes certainly weakens the case for a reason to own this compilation as well, even though its contents are of top-quality bluegrass.

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