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Foggy Mountain Jamboree

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Three years after parting ways with Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs began making the 1951-55 Columbia recordings that would not only become essential bluegrass--these are some of the most influential tracks in all of American roots music. Includes three bonus cuts.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GMWSE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Ross on October 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Before its reissuance on CD, there's a reason that "Foggy Mountain Jamboree" was a heavily sought after Flatt & Scruggs LP. It's classic bluegrass of the finest quality. Recorded in Nashville from 1951-1955, it was produced by Don Law who provided for a high level of quality control. Besides Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt, the rest of the band included some of the finest bluegrass ever assembled at the time: Curly Seckler or Everett Lilly (mandolin), Benny Martin, Paul Warren or Howdy Forrester (fiddle), and Josh "Buck" Graves (dobro). While every cut has strong emotional and historical value, I especially like the material that featured Lilly's wonderful tenor voice soaring above Flatt's solid and expressive lead vocal.

The bluegrass classics include Flint Hill Special, Some Old Day, Earl's Breakdown, Jimmie Brown the Newsboy, Foggy Mountain Special, It Won't Be Long, Shuckin' The Corn, Blue Ridge Cabin Home, Randy Lynn Rag, Your Love is Like a Flower, and Reunion in Heaven. The CD reissue adds three new bonus tracks (On My Mind, Dear Old Dixie, Pray for the Boys), as well as new liner notes from Bob Cherry. I never tire of hearing Earl twist those Scruggs tuners in the middle of a breakdown. Also, the songs are a testament to the songwriting abilities of their wives who penned four of the songs including the timeless "Blue Ridge Cabin Home."

At the time of its recording, Flatt & Scruggs toured widely throughout the southeast from Lexington to Tampa, Bristol to Roanoke, and Knoxville to Atlanta. Tennessee-based Martha White Mills thought that they'd be a great band to sponsor and feature on their radio broadcasts, and that support brought them steady weekly paychecks without all the heavy road work.
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There are two Flatt and Scruggs albums that sum up all you really have to know about bluegrass music. The first is the album "Foggy Mountain Banjo" and the second is "Foggy Mountain Jamboree". Here you have Flatt and Scruggs, two of the icons of the genre, at their peak vocally and instrumentally. The bluegrass classics of "Flinthill Special" and "Earl's Breakdown" are recorded here and are two standards every 5-string banjo player wants to master in order to become worthy to be known as a bluegrass player. The vocals, especially "Blue Ridge Cabin Home" and "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" are classics that mark a certain era in the development of bluegrass music and define the way it should be done. If you are beginning to build a bluegrass library, this is the cornerstone for your collection. One listen and you'll understand why Flatt and Scruggs were revered the way they were by lovers of this style of music.
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Pure on the instruments and harmonies, with lyrics long on reflection and meaning. Lester and Earl didn't put this together with the thought of going gold, this is about as true and soulful as bluegrass gets. Even though these two are probably the best pickers that ever lived, they show extraordinary restraint on the slow songs, focusing instead on the story, melody and that trademark harmonizing. And when they pick....well, they light it up. This album will send you back to the days when a wagon pulled up against a barn was a proper stage!
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Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs were alumni of Bill Monroe's "Bluegrass Boys," and you can still sense of bit of Monroe's styling in some of their numbers. However, Earl's banjo style is strictly his own, and does it ever shine and sparkle on this album. The only album that's better is Foggy Mountain Banjo, and that's a tad pricey, to be sure. I just hope they re-issue it and bring the fee down to a more realistic level. This particular album, Foggy Mountain Jamboree, is a darn good one, for it has a lot of Scruggs doing his thing with the tuners he invented. They certainly do add that certain something to the music. In all, this is an excellent album that I can easily recommend to anyone who is "into" Bluegrass.
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It goes without saying that this is one of the greatest bluegrass albums of all time. There really isn't anything better, and everybody who has ever played a banjo must have listened to this masterpiece.

But I want to comment on the RTI vinyl reissue. Normally I seek out original copies if at all possible, but this vinyl is at least as good as the original if you would have been alive to buy it when it was just released.

Flat as a dime, fantastic mono mastering, no noise whatsoever.

Some of the absolute very best vinyl I have ever purchased from Amazon and I have bought a lot here.

Get it while y'all can!!
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I have been a long time fan of bluegrass music and Flatt and Scruggs especially. In my opinion. They were the apex of that musical pyramid and are unequaled either before or since the group dissolved.
I was thrilled to get this digital copy of a record I have to play on my smart phone.
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Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain Boys released this original 12 track album in 1957 with tracks that date between 1951 - 1957. It since has had some tracks added to it when it was recorded onto CD. This CD is made up with very good recordings, very clear, highly amplified, with good dynamic range. I found no audible distortion, just a lot of wonderful bluegrass music playing.
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