New Life [Bonus Track]

A New Life [Bonus Track]

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by The Marshall Tucker Band
     
 

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Perhaps the only reason that New Life isn't quite as memorable as its self-titled predecessor is that the band's debut was just so startling when it appeared. By the time New Life was issued in 1974, to the band's credit, it seemed like the Marshall Tucker Band sound had always been a part of America's rock & roll

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Perhaps the only reason that New Life isn't quite as memorable as its self-titled predecessor is that the band's debut was just so startling when it appeared. By the time New Life was issued in 1974, to the band's credit, it seemed like the Marshall Tucker Band sound had always been a part of America's rock & roll scene. New Life is earthier than the first album, and country music is less layered over by the trappings of jam-band rock. "Blue Ridge Mountain Sky" is only eclipsed by Dickey Betts' "Ramblin' Man" as the ultimate road song from the period. Likewise, the pedal steel blues of "Too Stubborn" echo an earlier era altogether, as the ghost of Bob Wills comes into Toy Caldwell's songwriting. The whining guitars and lilting woodwinds of the title track bring the jazzier elements in the band's sound to the fore and wind them seamlessly into a swirling, pastoral country music. The Muscle Shoals horns lend a hand on the Allman Brothers' Brothers and Sisters-influenced "Another Cruel Love," and guest Charlie Daniels' fiddle cooks up a bluegrass stew on "24 Hours at a Time." The bonus track is a live version of "Another Cruel Love," sans horns, with mucho guitar and fiddle overdrive to compensate, and it smokes. The sound is fantastically balanced and warm, and like its predecessor, this album has dated very well.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
Ramblin Records
UPC:
0826663151923
catalogNumber:
31519
Rank:
37741

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marshall Tucker Band   Primary Artist
Toy Caldwell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Tommy Caldwell   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Charlie Daniels   Fiddle
Jerry Eubanks   Flute,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Earl Ford   Horn
Doug Gray   Percussion,Vocals
Paul Hornsby   Keyboards
Oscar Jackson   Horn
Jaimoe   Conga
Todd Logan   Horn
George McCorkle   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar
Paul Riddle   Drums

Technical Credits

James Young   Composer
Toy Caldwell   Composer
David Holmes   Cover Art
Jim Holmes   Cover Art
Paul Hornsby   Producer,Engineer
Sam Whiteside   Engineer
Tony Humphreys   Contributor
Barry Alfonso   Liner Notes
Ron Rainey   Executive Producer
Traci Swartz   Artwork

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A New Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This mix of blues, country and rock--recorded in an un-spoiled and pure format with energy and creativity--is the flag-carrier for the Marshall Tucker Band. This is timeless music and I strongly recommend "A New Life."