Flash, Crash and Thunder

Flash, Crash and Thunder

by The Farmer BoysThe Farmer Boys


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The Farmer Boys' complete 16 sides for Capitol, cut between January of 1955 and February of 1957, represent about as varied a body of music as one could squeeze into just four sessions in three years. The order isn't chronological, as the producers have put the rockabilly numbers up first, even though they came later, while their first, traditional-sounding records (complete with fiddle and mandolin, the latter played by Bill Woods) come last. Taken in totality, one gets several beautiful harmony-based ballads ("No One"), Lonzo & Oscar-type novelty tunes ("Flip Flop," "Onions, Onions"), and high-energy near-rockers ("My Baby Done Left Me," "Cool Down Mame," "Flash, Crash and Thunder"). These 16 songs make a fair album, with no one side of the duo's sound dominating; apart from the vocals, which are equally effective on ballads or silly singalongs ("You're a Humdinger"), the music is worth owning for Roy Nichols' playing. It's hard to say where the duo would have gone had it recorded any further, but the material the Farmer Boys left behind is exceptionally appealing musically, as well as great fun.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127155795
catalogNumber: 15579
Rank: 160034

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Farmer Boys   Primary Artist
Buck Owens   Rhythm Guitar
Cliffie Stone   Bass
Bill Woods   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Gene Breeden   Electric Guitar
Johnny Cuviello   Drums
Norm Hamlet   Steel Guitar
Woody Murray   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Roy Nichols   Electric Guitar
Lewis Talley   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Fuzzy Owen   Steel Guitar
Jelly Sanders   Fiddle
Richard Stokes   Drums
Bobby Adamson   Vocals
Bud Mills   Bass

Technical Credits

Allen Collins   Composer
Lulu Belle   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Brad Benedict   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Producer,Reissue Producer
Bobby Adamson   Illustrations
Cary Ginell   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Joe Simpson   Composer
Desert Stars   Contributor

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