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The Best of the Flatt and Scruggs TV Show, Vol. 1
The Best of the Flatt and Scruggs TV Show Vol 1
Actors: Hylo Brown, Mother Maybelle Carter, T. Tommy Cutrer, Lester Flatt, Josh Graves
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Television
NR     2007     1hr 0min

Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs are two of the founding fathers of bluegrass music and their names are legendary to any fan of bluegrass. The "Best Of The Flatt and Scruggs TV Show" consists of live music performances with...  more »


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Actors: Hylo Brown, Mother Maybelle Carter, T. Tommy Cutrer, Lester Flatt, Josh Graves
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Television
Sub-Genres: Country, Other Music, Classic TV
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color - Best of
DVD Release Date: 03/27/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/1955
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1955
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The Best Just Got Better
B. Fennell | 04/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember reading a review of the F & S Carneige Hall Concert by Richard Jones, and in it he stated that it was the best bluegrass album ever made. He also lamented that it was not available on DVD. Well, Colonel the best just got even better with these releases! What the good Colonel, and many others outside the small original broadcast area, may not remember is that Flatt, Scruggs, and FMBs used to bring us a Carneige quality concert each and every week.
And, man, were they ever great. These are, bar none, the finest bluegrass performances you will ever view - live, video, whatever. Plus, unlike the Carneige concert, you get Curly Secklers nonpareil tenor singing. It is all here - Josh Graves dynamite dobro playing, Paul Warrens fireworking fiddle, Jake Tullochs booming bass, Earls brilliant banjo, and last, but by no means least, Lester Flatts - the finest MC that ever fronted a band (OK maybe with the exception of Byron Parker) great guitar work. It is breathtaking.

By the time these fine shows were recorded, this band, which had pretty much been together for over six years, was at its absolute performing peak. It was unmatched by any other in bluegrass history - past, and probably future. They are likely housed somewhere in the NIST as a standard. The playing comes ringing through in these performances.

Kudos to the fine folks at Shanachie for FINALLY making these available - and brickbats to the bluebloods at the Country Music Hall of Shame for sitting on them for so long."
Great collection a must for any flatt and scruggs fan!
banjonick | 03/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I got the two volumes that came out. and they are well worth having. I have seen some of the shows on 3rd or 4th generation videos, so to see them in good quality dvds is quite a treat. the music is great,the comedy is also good,and the martha white cooking segments are also fun to see.takes you back to a diffrent time. a must have"
Real Bluegrass, real people
Tony Thomas | SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL USA | 10/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The music seems so sweet, so well done, the voices so warm, the comedy so fresh. Maybe, it is my nostalgia for the days and rather naive ways on television of a homefolks show like this from the early 1960s, but the nostalgia in these programs for me is almost as great and as the music. This may be a result of my antiquity since I've been a Bluegrass fan and sometimes guitar player since shortly after the time these videos were made. A lot of the Flatt and Scruggs recordings in the early 1960s were oriented to reaching into the Folk audience and thus contained fewer real Bluegrass songs and more "traditional" material. Sometimes, the studio albums sounded pretty bad as they were multi track recorded, and sound a bit fishy and underwater.

The sound here is good enough for my ears. The songs are a good mix of country songs and sacred numbers. On this DVD Paul Warren seems to be the hot person in the band besides Earl. I've always treasured Earl's guitar playing and I am that there are two guitar leads by Earl here including Jimmie Brown the Newsboy, one of my long time favorites. Both on guitar and banjo, the advantage here for the shade-tree musician like myself is seein exactly how Earl, Lester, and the others pick.

The notes supplied with this DVD are first rate, so good I have used it as a source in a serious research article I am writing.

But what I love is the fun and friendliness that the shown transmits. Of course, as others mention, the old 1950s commercials for Martha White's various self-rising flours, with the reminded that each dish does not take as long as it did before with non-rising flour brings back to me my grandmother making pies and pastries on Friday or Saturday night for weekend company and the explosion of bakin gin general back when self-rise came out.


Flatt & Scruggs DVD Vol 1 & 2
Karl Fehrenbach | 08/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I purchased both volume 1 & 2. For bluegrass fans and banjo players this is probably the Holy Grail. Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys were at their peak during the time period these TV shows were recorded. The performances are a seminar in how it is done. The quality of the arrangements, the tightness of the band and the control over their instruments, as far as volume and not interfering with the singer or other soloist, are outstanding. These DVDs should be required viewing for any bluegrass musician who ever gets together to jam with other musicians. Get these DVDs and see and hear how it should be done. Great performances, one after an other, from the masters of the idiom."