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One-half of the legendary banjo duo Flatt & Scruggs, Earl Scruggs formed his eponymous Revue upon the demise of his longtime partnership with Lester Flatt in early 1969, and promptly began unleashing a stream of excellent albums. Anniversary Special arrived in 1975, marking the banjo man's 25th anniversary of signing with Columbia/CBS Records. It was a guest star-laden affair, with Scruggs and his two sons, the core of the Revue, joined in the studio by a host of country, folk, and other far-flung luminaries. Johnny Nash, Joan Baez, Billy Joel, and the Pointer Sisters are just a handful of the guests, an aggregate so eclectic one longs to know just how Scruggs knew them all. The booklet supplies the answers, introducing the cast and explaining their surprising links to Scruggs (most more interesting than any degree of separation Kevin Bacon can lay claim to). But as far removed as some of these people are from the banjo star, the set is solidly grounded by the members of the Revue, as they joyfully pick their way through a series of astutely chosen covers, a number related to or written by the guests involved. The album's star power certainly garnered attention, but it was the set's jubilant atmosphere, joyous eclectic flair, and inspired arrangements that pushed the band to its highest placing in the pop chart (just outside the Top 100). Inevitably, then, a second-anniversary set followed the next year. Less is known about this album, with annotator John Tobler suggesting that six of the tracks were initially begun for the first volume, but not, for unknown reasons, completed at the time -- these were subsequently finished off with only four new tracks recorded. He makes a good case, but only the most anal of fans will really care. In fact, Tobler raises more questions than he can answer, unstrung by his authoritative take on the first set. But the music is what's important, and although the name cachet was not as star-struck as its predecessor, the album was equally eclectic and entertaining. Considering the pair's history, and being -- as they are -- two parts of a whole, it's been a long time coming until they were finally reissued together on one disc. Delightfully defying genres, and proving yet again that country music doesn't necessarily start or end with a twang, this very Special set's appeal far exceeds the parameters of bluegrass, country, folk, or any of the other typical tags the Revue had earned.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2008
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261208309
catalogNumber: 830
Rank: 45823


  1. Banjo Man
  2. The Swimming Song
  3. Gospel Ship
  4. Bleeker Street Rag
  5. Royal Majesty
  6. Rollin' In My Dreams
  7. Song To Woody
  8. Third Rate Romance
  9. Hey Porter
  10. Passing Through
  11. Rita Ballou
  12. Harbor For My Soul
  13. I've Got a Thing About You Baby
  14. Instrumental In D Minor
  15. Every Man Has Got His Own Price
  16. Harley
  17. Broad River
  18. Fairytale
  19. I Still Miss Someone
  20. My Ship Will Sail

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl Scruggs Revue   Primary Artist
Earl Scruggs   Banjo,Vocals
Doug Kershaw   Fiddle
Johnny Cash   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joan Baez   Vocals
Leonard Cohen   Vocals
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Vocals
Loudon Wainwright   Vocals
Dan Fogelberg   Vocals
Billy Joel   Piano
Kenny Loggins   Percussion,Vocals
Jim Messina   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
New Riders of the Purple Sage   Vocals
Pointer Sisters   Vocals
Bonnie Bramlett   Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Alvin Lee   Electric Guitar
Don Nix   Vocals
Billy Swan   Organ
Tony Joe White   Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Larry Gatlin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Charlie Daniels   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Shane Keister   Piano,Moog Synthesizer
Ramblin' Jack Elliott   Vocals
Jerry Eubanks   Saxophone
Willie Hall   Drums
Teddy Irwin   Guitar
Bob Johnston   Organ,Vocals
Sheri Kramer   Vocals
Jack Lee   Electric Piano
Jody Maphis   Percussion,Drums
George McCorkle   Electric Guitar
Roger McGuinn   Guitar (12 String Electric)
Leon Pendarvis   Organ
Gary Scruggs   Percussion,Electric Bass,Vocals
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Steve Scruggs   Electric Piano
Lisa Silver   Vocals
Wendy Suits   Vocals
Diane Tidwell   Vocals
Florence Warner   Vocals
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Rusty Young   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Michael Murphy   Vocals
David Briggs   Piano
Mirabai Ceiba   Vocals
Tracey Nelson   Vocals
Sandy Rucker   Vocals
Tim Wipperman   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ron Bledsoe   Remixing,Audio Production
Bob Johnston   Audio Production

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