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listen  1. Come Back Darling (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I'm Head Over Heels In Love (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I'm Workin' On A Road (To Glory Land) (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Earl's Breakdown (78rpm Version)Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs with The Foggy Mountain Boys 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Flint Hill Special (78rpm Version)Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs with The Foggy Mountain Boys 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Foggy Mountain Chimes (78rpm Version)Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs with The Foggy Mountain Boys 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. That Old Book Of Mine (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Til The End Of The World Rolls Round (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Foggy Mountain Special (78rpm Version)Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs with The Foggy Mountain Boys 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Randy Lynn Rag (78rpm Version)Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs with The Foggy Mountain Boys 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Shuckin' The Corn (78rpm Version)Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs with The Foggy Mountain Boys 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Don't Let Your Deal Go DownFlatt & Scruggs 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. I'll Never Shed Another Tear (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Big Black Train (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Crying My Heart Out Over You (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Cabin In The Hills (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Polka On A Banjo (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Just Ain't (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Go Home (Album Version)Lester Flatt;Earl Scruggs 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Legend Of The Johnson Boys (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Ballad Of Jed ClampettFlatt & Scruggs 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. New York Town (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pearl Pearl Pearl (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My Saro JaneFlatt & Scruggs 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I'm Troubled (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. You Are My FlowerFlatt & Scruggs 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Petticoat Junction (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Workin' It Out (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I Still Miss Someone (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Nashville Cats (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. California Up Tight Band (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Down In The Flood (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Album Version)Flatt & Scruggs 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (January 28, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AD3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 sizzlin' sides from the greatest instrumental duo in the history of bluegrass music, taken from their legendary 18-year stay at Columbia Records. Includes all but one chart hit- Cabin in the Hills; Go Home; The Ballad of Jed Clampett; Pearl Pearl Pearl; 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered; You Are My Flower; Petticoat Junction , and Just Ain't -plus three unreleased tracks and a photo-festooned booklet!

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With ample doses of talent, spirit, and charisma, Flatt and Scruggs rose to the popular peak of the bluegrass heap during their 17-year association with Columbia. With Lester Flatt's casual vocal style and Earl Scruggs's groundbreaking banjo technique, the Foggy Mountain Boys brought bluegrass into the country mainstream more so than either Bill Monroe or the Stanley Brothers. Disc one picks up where the legendary Mercury recordings left off. High-powered originals such as "Come Back Darling," "Head Over Heels," "Til the End of the World Rolls Round," and "I'll Never Shed Another Tear" add to their classic repertoire, while the spectacular instrumental rags and breakdowns showcase Scruggs's banjo prowess. Disc two finds the pair diversifying their portfolio, as it were, with readings of popular television themes and covers of everyone from the Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, and Johnny Cash to John Sebastian, Bob Dylan, Tom T. Hall, and even Shel Silverstein. --Marc Greilsamer

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BTW, Lester and the Foggy Mountain Boys are great also.
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If only all Sony "Essential" albums were handled this well.
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A great addition to any country and bluegrass collection.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on April 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Over 30 years after their breakup, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs remain the most famous band to emerge from bluegrass. Brought together in Bill Monroe's band in 1945, they left three years later to form their own band - the Foggy Mountain Boys - and sign with Mercury Records.
While their Mercury recordings (1948 - 1950) are held in higher esteem critically, Flatt & Scruggs' work for Columbia (1951 - 1968) was far more popular at country radio. Disc one contains their most pure bluegrass offerings, such as "Tis Sweet To Be Remembered," "Cabin In The Hills," and "Crying My Heart Out Over You." Lester's easy going, high tenor voice is the featured "instrument" on these recordings.
Disc two finds Flatt & Scruggs at their commercial peak, led by their 1962 chart-topping theme for The Beverly Hillbillies. This smash led to several appearances on the show (including a performance of "Pearl, Pearl, Pearl," their top-ten ode about Jethro Bodine's mother) as well as the Petticoat Junction theme assignment (a top 20 hit). These recordings featured Earl's extraordinary "three-finger-banjo" accompaniment far more prominently.
Flatt & Scruggs' top 20 toetapper "California Uptight Band" (not included on 16 GREATEST HITS) and the 1967 remake of their "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" (originally cut for Mercury in 1949 and repopularized in the film Bonnie & Clyde) conclude this set on a high note. In 1969, the duo split up due to differences over musical direction. Flatt's death in 1979 would end any chance of a reunion.
This 34-track, double-disc set captures all of Flatt & Scruggs' charting singles and most choice album tracks from the Columbia years and is the best domestic collection available. For a more extensive look at this period, check out the THREE box sets from Germany's Bear Family Records.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lee Jones on August 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Bought this CD a couple of weeks ago and have listened to it at least ten times - not only does this collection represent Earl and Lester's best music, but it has reminded me that Earl is - in my never to be humble opinion - still the best banjo player who ever lived; there are some guys out there that have "taken the banjo to another level", but there's something about Earl's playing that puts him in a league all by himself, way up at the top. I am also a sound engineer, and I'll tell you, the quality of these recordings amazes me - to think that a lot of them were done back in the early 50s; and with all of today's technology, these recordings - done some 50 years ago, are some of the best I've ever heard.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 20, 2002
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While Bill Monroe is rightly known as the father of bluegrass, the importance of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs cannot be overstated. Throughout the Sixties the duo put out a string of albums for Columbia and became cultural icons with their appearances on "The Beverly Hillbillies" and contributions to the "Bonnie and Clyde" soundtrack.
While only slightly less significant than their classic Mercury sides, these 34 tracks from the Columbia vaults are essential bluegrass recordings from two pioneers of the genre, including classics like "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and "I'll Never Shed Another Tear" to more pop oriented fare like the Lovin' Spoonful's "Nashville Cats."
My only complaint is that this two-disc set clocks in at a mere 84:14--it could be almost twice that long. Why not include songs like "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy," or originals like "Dig a Hole in the Meadow," or their covers of Dylan material? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2002
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The work of Flatt & Scruggs is still the standard by which almost all blugrass music is judged...including the newgrass stuff and this CD contains some of the best old-school style bluegrass available. As a 5 string banjo player, I buy anything with Earl Scrugg's name on it (heck, even my gibson banjo has his name on it), but this CD is a particularily great collection of his work because it spans such a huge chunk of his musical career. Interestingly, the songs do not overlap with their "foggy mountain banjo" CD which I also highly recommend.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LtCol Richard L. Jones (USAF-Retired) on August 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It is a real crime that with the resurgence of Bluegrass and Mountain music via the O Brother...etc. movie and tours, that there has been little attention paid to the duo of Flatt and Scruggs and their impact on the genre. I'm 62, grew up listening to it on the radio, and even while in college in the early 60s, I watched them on their Sunday night black and white half hour program on TV. With their tight arrangements, polish and precision, they really took bluegrass to the level it is today. If you cannot afford the Bear Family sets, buy this CD, the Complete Mercury Sessions, and the Carnegie Hall Concert, which has to be the best single bluegrass CD ever made. When I am tired of listening to the rest, I always come back to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 29, 2008
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Back in the mid-1940s, when Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys were just about the only well-known purveyors of music with deep roots in the traditional music brought over by Irish, Scottish and English immigrants, it was lumped in with "Hillbilly" or "Folk" - terms applied then to what became known as Country & Western and then simply Country.

In 1944 Monroe added guitarist/vocalist Lester Flatt and a banjo player who played that instrument with a three-finger roll developed by Appalachian musicians Rex Brooks, Smith Hammett and Snuffy Jenkins. And, just as the unique brand of music would become split off from mainstream Folk/C&W to become known as Bluegrass, after the name of Monroe's band, so too would the Earl Scruggs brand of picking become labeled the "Scruggs Style." In 1948 Flatt and Scruggs left Monroe to form The Foggy Mountain Boys, and it was this band that really brought Bluegrass, always a very popular but local taste, to new national attention.

A recording contract with one of the giants of the industry, Mercury, failed to produce a national hit, nor did a subsequent deal with another giant, Columbia, pay immediate dividends. But that would change as the decade of the 1950s drew to a close. In this magnificent 2-CD set, the first disc concentrates on some of their earliest releases from 1950 to 1959, only two of which made it into the national charts; `Tis Sweet To Be Remembered, which reached # 9 in February 1952 on what passed then as the Country charts, first introduced in 1944 (the B-side to that first hit, Earl's Breakdown, is also here); and Cabin In The Hills (also # 9 in the summer of 1959 b/w Someone You Have Forgotten (not here). Early in 1960 they followed that with Crying My Heart Out Over You, a # 21 b/w Foggy Mountain Rock (also omitted).
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