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Artist's Choice: Best Tracks (1970-80)
Earl Scruggs Revue
Artist's Choice: Best Tracks (1970-80)
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
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Many fans were astonished when banjo legend Earl Scruggs split with longtime partner Lester Flatt, left traditional bluegrass behind, enlisted sons Gary, Randy, and Steve, and assembled this eclectic, talented, rock-influe...  more »


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All Artists: Earl Scruggs Revue
Title: Artist's Choice: Best Tracks (1970-80)
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Edsel Records UK
Release Date: 2/10/2003
Album Type: Import
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Bluegrass, Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 740155155223

Many fans were astonished when banjo legend Earl Scruggs split with longtime partner Lester Flatt, left traditional bluegrass behind, enlisted sons Gary, Randy, and Steve, and assembled this eclectic, talented, rock-influenced ensemble. Included in the eye-popping list of guests: Byrds Clarence White and Roger McGuinn; acoustic standouts Vassar Clements and Josh Graves; country stars Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings; and miscellany including Billy Joel (yes, him), Alvin Lee, Charlie Daniels, Tracy Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Bramlett, David Allen Coe, Doug Kershaw, Loudon Wainwright III, and even the Pointer Sisters. The material is just as diverse: Flatt and Scruggs chestnuts; Jimmie Rodgers; Dolly Parton; Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie; Hank Williams; Elton John and Bernie Taupin; Rod Stewart; Joel; Wainwright; Cash; and four Dylan tunes, including a positively bubbly version of "I Shall Be Released." Sometimes this bluegrass-country-rock-soul-folk-gospel olio works to perfection, sometimes it's a bit messy, and sometimes it's just plain odd, but it's always infused with precise picking, a light-hearted enthusiasm, and rolling-thunder momentum. --Marc Greilsamer

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Excellent CD, but .....
P. Michael Bizanovich | Wheeling, WV USA | 07/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard "The Revue" in 1972. The album was "Live at Kansas State". I was a fan at once! I lived for every new release the band issued and played them non-stop. I was very pleased to see this CD advertised on AMAZON.COM. I purchased it immediately. However, while I like it very much, there are significant discrepancies in it. The cuts are supposed to be (according the the liner notes) taken from the various albums from 1970-1980. Several of the cuts are definitely NOT taken from the albums as indicated. Some glaring examples are: Foggy Mountain Breakdown, (definitely not from the "Live at Kansas State" album. It may be an outtake, but it's not the one from the album. The same is true for "T for Texas" It's possible it's from a Kansas State concert, but the cut is not from the album. "I Shall be Released" is definitely not from the "Rockin' 'Cross the Country" album. This take is "live" and the "Rockin" was a studio album in total. This cut was from "Live at Austin City Limits" The most obvious descrepancy is "I Still Miss Someone" The liner notes credit Johnny Cash as vocalist. This take is actually a "Flatt & Scruggs" version of the song. While a great rendition of the tune, it's definitely Lester singing and not Johnny. I am glad to have this music on CD, however, I'm greatly disappointed in the lack of professionalism in its production. This is my favorite band and I hold the entire Scruggs family in the highest regard. I'm convinced that they could not have possibly been involved in this project. These are obvious errors, and are immediately noticeable. Buy the CD, but know what you're getting."
Very Dissapointing
Timothy M. Johnson | Macon, Georgia United States | 08/28/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Years ago, this became one of my all-time favorite albums when I had a copy of it on vinyl. Over the years, it disappeared, so when I saw it available on, I decided I needed it for my collection, especially for the Earl Scruggs/Johnny Cash version of "I Still Miss Someone." I should have read previous it the Flatt & Scruggs version of the classic, rather than the Johnny Cash edition of the song, and the audio quality as a whole is questionable. It's sad that Sony Entertainment would let the works of such a legend be treated this way.Hopefully, Mom still has the record up in the attic."
Delighted to have this group back in my collection
Timothy M. Johnson | 06/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"(Many) years ago I had an album (on 8-track, I must confess) of this group, I think it was "Live at Kansas State." It was truly an eclectic collection of my personal favorite sounds: bluegrass, blues, rockabilly. The album was made for me, personally, so far as I could tell. My younger brother also liked the album and borrowed it, and lent it, until one day it was gone; who knows where? (One cut not on this album was a blues number with a terrific guitar solo - something like "everybody wants to go to heaven, nobody wants to die.") I was truly excited to get many of these cuts back! I love it! A little coarser than in my memory, but still great fun. And, of course, CDs make 8-tracks sound like mud by comparison. (They need to since I've lost as much hearing as my dad had when he was in HIS 50s.)"