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The Essential Earl Scruggs

Album: The Essential Earl Scruggs
# Song Title   Time
1)    Heavy Traffic Ahead
2)    It's Mighty Dark to Travel
3)    Molly and Tenbrooks (The Race Horse Song)
4)    Down the Road
5)    Foggy Mountain Breakdown
6)    Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
7)    Old Salty Dog Blues
8)    Pike Country Breakdown
9)    Come Back Darling
10)    Don't Get Above Your Raising
11)    Jimmie Brown, The Newsboy
12)    Earl's Breakdown
13)    Get in Line Brother
14)    Dear Old Dixie
15)    Flint Hill Special
16)    Foggy Mountain Chimes
17)    Till the End of the World Rolls Round
18)    Foggy Mountain Special
19)    Randy Lynn Rag
20)    Shuckin' the Corn
1)    John Henry
2)    Cumberland Gap
3)    Cripple Creek
4)    Reuben
5)    Sally Goodwin
6)    Foggy Mountain Top
7)    Georgia Buck
8)    John Hardy Was a Desperate Little Man
9)    Ballad of Jed Clampett, The
10)    Nashville Skyline Rag
11)    Nashville Blues
12)    I Saw the Light
13)    Some of Shelley's Blues
14)    Peking Fling
15)    I Shall Be Released
16)    Stash It
17)    Song of the South
18)    I Still Miss Someone
19)    We'll Meet Again Sweetheart
20)    American-Made World-Played
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Earl Scruggs (vocals, guitar, banjo); Lester Flatt (vocals, guitar); Johnny Cash, Mother Maybelle Carter, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall, Rosanne Cash (vocals); Doc Watson (guitar); Bonnie Bramlett, Linda Ronstadt, (background vocals); The Foggy Mountain Boys, The Oak Ridge Boys, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Hylo Brown & The Timberliners.
  • Producers include: Art Satherley, Murray Nash, Don Law, Frank Jones, Bob Johnston.
  • Compilation producer: Gregg Geller.
  • Recorded between 1946 & 1984. Includes liner notes by Rich Kienzle.
  • This is part of "The Essential" series.
  • Personnel: Earl Scruggs (baritone, banjo); Bill Monroe (vocals, tenor, mandolin); Hylo Brown, Johnny Cash, Lester Flatt (vocals, guitar); Gary Scruggs (vocals, harmonica, electric bass); The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Stacey Belson, Arloff Boguslavaki, Tom T. Hall, Linda Ronstadt (vocals); Curly Seckler (tenor, mandolin); Randy Scruggs (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, background vocals); Josh Graves (guitar, dobro); Mark O'Connor (guitar, mandolin, fiddle); Doc Watson, Grady Martin (guitar); Charlie Daniels (12-string guitar); Ralph Mooney (steel guitar); Norman Blake (dobro); John McEuen (banjo); Jimmie Fadden (harp); Mother Maybelle Carter (autoharp); Everett Lilly, Red Rector (mandolin); Byron Berline (fiddle, background vocals); Chubby Wise, Clarence "Tater" Tate, Howdy Foster, Art Wooten, Paul Warren , Benny Martin, Vassar Clements, Bobby Hicks (fiddle); Charlie McCoy (harmonica); Gene Sisk, Bob & Pauline Wilson (piano); Ron Bledsoe (harpsichord, organ); Shane Keister, Ron Oates, Steve Scruggs (keyboards); Joe & Rose Lee Maphis (drums, background vocals); Clyde Brooks, William Paul Ackerman, Kenny Buttrey, Jerry Kroon, Jerry Carrigan, Karl Himmel, Buddy Harman (drums); Jeff Hanna (washboard); Farrell Morris (percussion); The Oak Ridge Boys, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Bonnie Bramlett (background vocals).
  • Liner Note Authors: Rich Kienzle; B‚la Fleck.
  • Recording information: Chicago, IL (09/16/1946-05/15/1984); Cincinnati, OH (09/16/1946-05/15/1984); Los Angeles, CA (09/16/1946-05/15/1984); Nashville, TN (09/16/1946-05/15/1984); Newport Folk Festival (09/16/1946-05/15/1984); Tampa, FL (09/16/1946-05/15/1984).
  • Photographers: David Gahr; Norman Seeff; Larry Dixon; Les Leverett.
  • Arranger: Earl Scruggs.
  • "The Paganini of the banjo"'s finest moments are collected on Columbia/Legacy's aptly named Essential Earl Scruggs. Unlike many other "best-of" collections, this two-disc set gathers tracks from nearly all of the stages of Scruggs' career, from his early days as one of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, through his genre-defining work with Lester Flatt, and a sampling of his solo career, including his appearances with Hylo Brown, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and leading his own Earl Scruggs Revue. Informative liner notes by historian Rich Kienzle, banjo virtuoso B‚la Fleck, and Scruggs himself illustrate the man behind the fingers, and the recording quality of the music is clear and consistent throughout. Hearing all of this pickin' in one place really reminds the listener how vital Scruggs was in popularizing the sound of bluegrass in the '40s, '50s, and '60s, and his innovations through the '70s and '80s. While stronger collections of Flatt & Scruggs and Bill Monroe recordings are available, none showcase the man behind the banjo as completely as this fine compilation does. ~ Zac Johnson
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