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Love and Wealth / Scruggs / Crowe

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 4/2/2023
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Notes: Their version of Love and Wealth is one of my favorite songs by Flatt and Scruggs. They did not release a studio recording on the song, but a recording of a live radio broadcast from the early 1950s is available on the bootleg LP “Kings of Bluegrass, Vol. 2.” (The LP’s liner notes are from Ben Dover, which happens to be the name of a character in Chevy Chase’s “Fletch” movie). In contrast, J. D. Crowe produced a studio recording of the song on the recent album “Crowe and Wasson.” It is instructive to compare the versions by these two masters. They are generally similar, with some notable exceptions: Compare Scruggs’s nifty C passage in measure 4 to Crowe’s more conventional C passage in measure 21. Scruggs handles the A to D transition in measure 15 in an unconventional way, with only 2 notes, whereas Crowe carefully plays the melody in measure 32. Scruggs played the song in the key of B, and Crowe's is in the key of A. The tablature is in G.

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corcoran Says:
Monday, April 3, 2023 @4:15:06 AM
As I recall it, “Kings of Bluegrass, Vol. 1” was a compilation released on Harmony Records, Columbia’s bargain brand of LPs. When a number of bootleg LPs of radio broadcasts by Flatt & Scruggs and Monroe (including “Kings of Bluegrass, Vol. 2”) were coming out, the rumor was that they originated in Canada.

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