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Earl Scruggs & Friends

Earl ScruggsAudio Cassette
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (August 28, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00005NEZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,868,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Country Comfort
2. Borrowed Love
3. Ring of Fire
4. True Love Never Dies
5. The Angels
6. Fill Her Up
7. Foggy Mountain Breakdown [Instrumental]
8. Somethin' Just Ain't Right
9. I Found Love
10. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
11. Passin' Thru
12. Foggy Mountain Rock/Foggy Mountan Special [Instrumental][Medley]

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I give it a 10. August 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I had a pretty unusual upbringing. I spent a lot of time on my grandfather's ranch when I was a kid and he listened to a lot of Lester and Earl, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams. At home, my parents were more into the likes of Creedence, Skynrd, Aerosmith, The Doors, The Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. Well, I'm quite a bit older now and I still get strange looks from the record store clerks for some of the things I buy there. I mean, I doubt if there are many other twenty year olds out there who are going to buy this cd. (there may be a few, let's hope). This puppy really shines. There are quite a few on here that you would expect to show up (Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill) and there are even a few suprises (Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Sting, and John Fogerty). Perhaps the biggest suprise of all is Billy Bob Thornton's rockin' cover of "Ring of Fire". I mean, wow. It's the old Cash favorite like you've never heard it before. Disregard what Rich Kienzle says in his review about the rock singers being "out of their element". They're paying homage to one of their heros here, not trying to outshine him. Earl himself, was there for the recording and I'm quite sure that if he thought that "their overwhelming performances relegated him to the back", then it wouldn't sound the way it does. Besides, it would be pretty boring if they didn't use their own style wouldn't it? I found this cd to be well worth the cash. It's an eclectic mix of down home twang brought to you by an extremely wide range of some of today's greats. Mr. Earl's picking has never sounded better (God, what I'd do to play that good). This cd is not just for Scruggs fans. If you've never been familiar with his stuff, this is a great place for newbies to get started. Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD of the year September 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
First, my tastes: I'm a bluegrass fan, a jazz fan and a rock fan. Springsteen, U2, Miles Davis and Earl Scruggs are my favorite artists. I don't care for contemporary country music at all. As for Earle, I have only listened to his Flatt & Scruggs work to date.
Now that you know where I'm coming from... this is a great CD. The amazon review blasts the billy bob thorton song, which isn't my favorite, but it isn't that bad. And the Sting song had to grow on me. On first listening, I thought it was corny. And you might think (as the amazon reviewer says) that the Foggy Mountain Breakdown instrumental would "break down" under the weight of 10 artists. It might have, if they hadn't done a great job in the liner notes of clarifying who is playing each solo. This makes it pure fun, to sit back and visualize Steve Martin, Albert Lee and the rest having their turn.
Earl show tremendous taste on this CD. He can obviously still cut loose when its called for, but its the subtle, understated fills and backup, and the incredible banjo tone, that make so many of these songs beautiful. The tones of the banjo heard on this CD are as defining as any banjo recording I've heard (and I'm a banjo player). Its not a case of Earl being overwhelmed or outshined... its Earl doing what the song calls for. Sometimes, less is more, even when its your own tribute collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music. Can't get it out of my head! December 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Earl Scruggs stated he wanted to do new things musically and not feel he was in a rut. Every song on this CD is a collaboration with artists he respects. If you look at the credits, the other artists may have written or arranged the songs. So this is not a traditional bluegrass work but a delightful melding of unlikely styles and talents. The first time I heard it I was taken by the thought, "This is not my Father's bluegrass!". But I cannot get enough of this work and I highly recommend it to anyone. My Father takes a tape of it to listen to on his walks every morning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just to add to the fray. . . September 25, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Several of these reviewers dis the "Ring of Fire" cover by Scruggs and Billy Bob Thornton. I heard the song on the Oxford American's annual music sampler, and it was so good it made me track down this album. The song is unique, but sooooo cool. Since when is sounding like nothing else a BAD thing?
The rest of the album is great, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mix and Match December 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to all of the artists on this CD at one time or another. I have to admit I was skeptical before giving it a listen. I couldn't see how the different genres represented by these artists could possibly blend into the absolute delight that it is. Scruggs is,of course, the mainstay on all these pieces. Fill 'Er Up with Sting provided the kind of energy that experiments such as this rarely produce. I applaud all the musicians here for trying a new thing--and I hope we hear more of this sort from the King of banjo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you like banjo playing, or bluegrass music at all, then you'll love this CD. It is packed full of great songs, and great collaborations with various "Allstar", Steller Artists. The songs and artists are as follows: (Earl plays banjo on all songs):

1.Country Comfort - with Elton John
2.Borrowed Love - with Dwight Yoakam
3.Ring of Fire - Billy Bob Thornton
4.True Love Never Dies - Gary Scruggs & Travis Tritt
5.The Angels - Melissa Etheridge
6.Fill Her Up - Sting
7.Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Glen Duncan, Randy Scruggs, Steve Martin (yes the one on TV, originally from Saturday Night Live), Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Gary Scruggs, Albert Lee, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Douglas, & Leon Russell.
8.Somethin' Just Ain't Right - Randy Scruggs
9.I Found Love - Vince Gill & Rosanne Cash
10.Blue Ridge Mountain Blues - John Fogerty
11.Passin' Thru - Don Henley & Johnny Cash
12.Foggy Mountain Rock/Foggy Mountain Special - Marty Stuart

This cd is "Awesome", and I highly recommend it. This is some great, joyful, important, American Music. Thanks!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My friend loved this music. Excellent Service.
Published 2 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bluegrass music!
Great songs made by great talents anchored by Earl; the CD is great. Enjoyed when I received it as a gift, and got positive feedback when I gave it as a gift.
Published 15 months ago by VaHiker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I study banjo. This CD is excellent. I found only one small problem. My CD player does not read the CD, perhaps because it only reads originals. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Carla
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Friends Making Good Music
Anyone who enjoys Earl Scruggs would enjoy this--the collaborations make for good listening-some people who I never thought of as singing with Earl Scruggs.
Published 21 months ago by Kathy Crowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Earl Scruggs -- Icon forever!
I am never disappointed by Earl Scruggs, and his friends are fabulous.
This version of Foggy Mountain Breakdown is just about the best I ever heard.
Published 22 months ago by D. S. Tillotson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Country or Rock & Roll this album is Great.
The line up on this album is diverse and all are inspiring. From Elton John to Johnny Cash the album is a pleasure to your ears. Read more
Published 23 months ago by GWB9923
4.0 out of 5 stars mixed album
this album, like many that have a large ensemble of "guest artists" is a mixed presentation.
there are tracks i adore, and tracks that leave me cold. Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by Kirsten M. Houseknecht
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Entertainment
This is a great album from an unquestioned music virtuoso. Not only was Earl Scruggs a great banjo picker, his guests allow his to show his range in other musical genres.
Published on June 22, 2012 by historyguy
1.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I can't say this CD really appealed to me. It's not my cup of tea. There was only a couple of tracks i was interested in which was the reworking with Melissa Etheridge. Read more
Published on May 31, 2011 by Gerry Madden
5.0 out of 5 stars this is an incredible cd
I had doubts about some of the participants--Billy Bob Thornton for one and Elton John for another--on a bluegrass cd. My bad. All of the cuts were great. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by Mary K. Bedford
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