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Flatt & Scruggs  F& S at Carnegie Hall Recording/Album Reviews

Submitted by stringplayer07 (see all reviews from this person) on 3/3/2009

Where Purchased: Given to me by Lizzy Long

Overall Comments

I love this album!!! 5 stars!!!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by stumpkicker (see all reviews from this person) on 2/4/2009

Where Purchased: Elderly.com

Overall Comments

I agreed with everything Drew said above, but just as a side light it was Earl's wife, Louise, who came up with the idea of recording it and overcame a hesitant record company...THANKS LOUISE!!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by drew-gurbach (see all reviews from this person) on 12/31/2007

Where Purchased: FYE

Overall Comments

Years ago, before I ever started playing Bluegrass, my Grandfather (in an influential way I think) “loaned” me his cherished LP of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs at Carnegie Hall. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this was an abridged version of a much longer and variety filled concert. So the years passed, I played the album over and over until it developed cracks, warped, and became so scratched that it nearly hit the end of it’s serviceable life. And with the advent of CD players, it all but became retired as a relic of a past time and place. Fast forward to the late 90’s and I stumbled on a CD with the same record jacket art (unmistakable to my endearing eye) and I bought it immediately! I took it home and enjoyed all those wonderful sounds I heard as a youngster, but now with amazing clarity. I also was pleasantly surprised to hear a number of tracks NOT included on the original LP. The CD of this 1963 recording sounds like it was done yesterday…it’s that good, and it’s a classic. If I had to be critical of anything it would be that Lester’s introductions of songs later on in the concert become a little predictable and unimaginative. The songs are also pretty short and sometimes a little repetitive. But one thing is for certain, it’s a wonderful piece of history for anyone to add to their collection. Find it, buy it, and enjoy it!

Overall Rating: 10

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