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Complete Mercury Sessions
Flatt & Scruggs
Complete Mercury Sessions
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
 
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Fresh off their pioneering stint with Bill Monroe, guitarist-vocalist Lester Flatt and banjo master Earl Scruggs waxed these 28 seminal cuts for Mercury between 1948 and 1950. The duo and their Foggy Mountain Boys attack t...  more »

      
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All Artists: Flatt & Scruggs
Title: Complete Mercury Sessions
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 1/25/1994
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Bluegrass, Classic Country, Contemporary Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: The Complete Mercury Sessions
UPCs: 731451264429, 031451264444

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Fresh off their pioneering stint with Bill Monroe, guitarist-vocalist Lester Flatt and banjo master Earl Scruggs waxed these 28 seminal cuts for Mercury between 1948 and 1950. The duo and their Foggy Mountain Boys attack the music with an urgency that even Monroe's Blue Grass Boys were hard-pressed to equal. Scruggs's three-fingered banjo technique is as important to bluegrass as any other innovation, possessing a rolling quality that keeps the songs moving. "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and "Farewell Blues" are banjo tour de forces that will never be matched. Original gospel numbers find Scruggs applying his fingerpicking technique to guitar, à la Merle Travis, and feature sharp group harmonies. Most of the original secular songs have become bluegrass standards, even though the pair refused to call their refined mountain music bluegrass. --Marc Greilsamer

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Probably the best bluegrass collection on one volume
07/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For anyone seeking an intro to bluegrass music this is an essential primer. The work of Scruggs in particular is regarded by the banjo people today as the model of excellence. all of the cuts are first rate. What a bargain!"
Your feet will be tapping from the start
rjgrib | 04/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's a shame most people can only associate Flatt & Scruggs with the "Beverly Hillbillies" theme song. The rich flavor of their music is a joy to hear. Scruggs banjo is the best there ever was and the strings must have been smokin' after he played "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". This is simple honest and pure music that our American ancestors danced to at the Saturday night barn dance. The singing and harmonies are also top notch with the unmistakable bluegrass heritage. This song packed CD will get alot of playing time on your music box, and you'll wear out a few pair of shoes dancin' to it!"
Sheer talent, beautiful tunes, and interesting lyrics ...
hamid mazuji | staunton, va usa | 01/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"... this CD is a work of art.Ladies and Gentlemen, I've heard music from all around the world; I've heard it all. This is one of my favorite CDs. I love the lyrics. I love the melody. These boys can pick, and they pick well. If I could have met them all, I would have given them a hug for all the hours of joy they've given me. Seriously, along with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain Boys will be one of the best purchases you could ever make."