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Foggy Mountain Banjo

Flatt & ScruggsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B002MCI952
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ground Speed [Instrumental]
2. Home Sweet Home [Instrumental]
3. Sally Ann
4. Little Darlin' Pal of Mine
5. Reuben
6. Cripple Creek
7. Lonesome Road Blues
8. John Henry
9. Fireball Mail
10. Sally Goodwin'
11. Bugle Call Rag
12. Cumberland Gap

Editorial Reviews

One of the greatest albums in the annals of bluegrass music (***** All Music Guide), 1961 s Foggy Mountain Banjo secured Flatt & Scruggs reputation among the burgeoning folk music movement, and set a seldom-surpassed standard for instrumental virtuosity in a genre that prides itself on just that! And it wasn t just Flatt s flatpicking and Scruggs banjo, either; the Foggy Mountain Boys were one smokin backup band, with dobroist Josh Graves, fiddler Paul Warren and drummer Buddy Harman all playing key roles. Includes Ground Speed ; Home Sweet Home ; Sally Ann ; Little Darlin Pal of Mine ; Reuben ; Cripple Creek ; Lonesome Road Blues ; John Henry ; Fireball Mail ; Sally Goodwin ; Bugle Call Rag , and Cumberland Gap . Rich Kienzle adds new liner notes. A Collectors Choice Music exclusive!

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basic bluegrass banjo album February 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are a beginning bluegrass banjo player, and you want to know the sound you should strive for, seek no further. This is it right here.
I have played the 5-string banjo for nearly 40 years now, and when I feel like I need a shot of the best, this is the album I play. I learned to play the banjo from this album when it was available only on vinyl. Now I have it on CD.
Earl's tone, steady rhythm and impeccable taste permeates this album completely. This is the basis from which bluegrass banjo is built.
And if you need an example for dobro, fiddle or upright bass, it's on this album, too.
Every bluegrass instrumentalist needs this album.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bluegrass Banjo Gold Standard February 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is still the Bluegrass Banjo CD by which all great Bluegrass Banjo is judged. It probably always will be. This CD is one of the reasons I fell in love with the hard driving sound of bluegrass banjo. Scruggs invented the 3 finger style and his mastery has never been equaled. In my humble opinion, this is the best single snapshot of Scruggs Style banjo ever recorded. Although it's a short CD, if you love bluegrass banjo, you will never grow weary of listening to this one. All songs are performed without lyrics and all are performed 3 finger style. If you own only 1 banjo CD, this is the one to own.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Where All Blugrass Banjo Music Flows February 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'd be will to bet a small fortune that Bela Fleck, Tony Trishka, Bill Keith, Raymond Fairchild, Jerry Garcia, Sonny Osborne, and just abount anyone else who ever had the fever to learn how to pick the 5-string has a worn-out copy of the original LP of "Foggy Mountain Banjo" (and probably had a record player with 16 RPM to slow down Earl's playing so that they could figure out for themselves what he was really up to). Amd while the aforementioned represent a treasure trove of talent (and in the cases of Fleck, Trishke, and Keith, drove the banjo to greater heights), any one of them would readily acknowledge the debt they owe to Earl Scruggs, whose remarkable style of playing remains as fresh and exciting today as when he first debuted it in the Grand Ol' Opry almost 60 years ago.
This collection is not particularly exhaustive, and because of it being all instrumental, does not feature a lot of Earl's trademark "up-the-neck" back-up that is more prevalent in his other work with Lester Flatt. But I'll bet another small fortune that if you're a beginning picker and can learn how to master the tumbling cresendo of "Groundspeed," the modal underpinings of "Cumberland Gap," and the dazzling harmonics of "Bugle Call Rag," you are well on your way to becoming a first rate banjo player. But don't think for a second that you'll figure it out overnight - I can personally attest to that!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important Scruggs-style banjo album, ever! January 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I wore out the first copy of this album I bought in 1961. I spent countless hours listening to this music at half speed, so I could laboriously pick out each and every note that Earl played on this album.
The sound on this album is glorious. The banjo (and all the other instruments for that matter) comes through quite clearly. It illustrates Earl's picking when he was at his very best. The backup licks on this album form an essential part of the repertoire of every would be, wannabee bluegrass banjo player.
If you can sound like this -- then you will become a fine banjo player.
Sonny Osborne once told a famous banjo reviewer, in an unpublished interview, "If you want to be a bluegrass banjo player, start by learning everything Earl ever did. Then you will have the basics." or words to that effect.
The advantage of this album for that purpose is its clarity. Too bad it is so short.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sonic Knockout May 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The warning about limited sound quality on the back of the CD is totally unnecessary. Stunningly immediate sound for one of the greatest of bluegrass instrumentals. Another essential set, the Complete Mercury collection, is dreadful by comparison. There, Earl's banjo sounds like a bag of tin cans falling down a flight of stairs, and the fiddle is like a dental drill. But here, you can jump for joy with nary an earache. And if the playing time seems too short for a CD, well, you can always push the Repeat button. You probably will anyway!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Bluegrass January 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Foggy Mountain Banjo is simply a masterpiece. No other bluegrass album has ever exuded such quality! The timing, the tone of the instruments, even the cover art is the best ever.
No other banjo collection, and quite possibly no other bluegrass album, will ever surpass this.
This is bluegrass nirvana.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The worlds all time BEST recorded banjo music! June 11, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the best of the best! There has been no one to even come close to what the master can do with a banjo-this recording proves that without a doubt! The style and tone on this recording will touch the soul of the listener and forever stand as the benchmark to which all other banjo music will be compared.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it. October 15, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is it. The single greatest bluegrass instrumental album available. If you get no other, let this be the one.
Most of the songs on this CD are traditional. I have heard most of them performed in numerous arrangements by a number of artists, and yet no other versions come close to the ones on this release. Even after forty years, every song on this CD is completely fresh. Earl was at the peak of his abilities- it is astounding the driving, rippling power and impact that he and the other performers put into these songs.
Even if you are not a blue grass fan, I would strongly recommend this CD- it is just too powerful. Try putting it up against the most explosive rock/heavy metal or jazz performances and you will see what I mean.
It is impossible to give this work too much praise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't pay big bucks for a used CD!
Look for a clean mono LP instead! Dobro master Josh Graves and fiddler Paul Warren are mixed higher in the mono edition, offering a better counterbalance to Scruggs's prominent... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Samuelson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master at His Best!
This is a compilation of twelve standards of Bluegrass banjo pickin'. Too, you get a clear sound picture of Scruggs' style 5-string banjo at its best. Read more
Published 10 months ago by railfan
5.0 out of 5 stars the Best
You just can not find a better group they are the forefathers of the banjo and fiddle music you can not go wrong ,only the main song was missing
Published 12 months ago by william c corcoran
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Amazing
It's all been said before but the playing on this album is amazing. It is almost impossible to not be in awe of just how good the music is.
Published 14 months ago by Joel Voelz
5.0 out of 5 stars I would give it more than 5 if I could
This album is the standard by which all others are judged. If you don't have this one in your collection then you are missing out. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul W Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Flatt and Scruggs!!!
At the top of their game and a great recording. If you want a lesson in Bluegrass Banjo, timing and drive this would be the one. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ric In Richmond
2.0 out of 5 stars Foggy Mountain Banjo
I thought I was purchasing a "CD" without scratches on it. However, the "CD" would not play without doing a considerable amount of work in an effort to remove some... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ernest W. Turner
1.0 out of 5 stars $188.88 as of 06/06/2012, really, REALLY?? I'll never hear it.
Every where I go, this is touted at the BEST Flatt and Scruggs, BEST Bluegrass Banjo... all KINDS of awards. But, even before the re-release, this was a rare and expensive CD. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by Just Falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Scruggs Classics
My HS baseball coach had me play the banjo on the bus on the way back from our games. He gave me this album .. back in 1971. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by 5STRING PICKER
5.0 out of 5 stars Foggy Mountain Banjo
If you like banjos, especially if you aspire to play a banjo, this is the motherlode. If you only have one banjo record, this should be it. Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by LAB
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