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Anthology: The First 30 Years
     

Anthology: The First 30 Years

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by The Marshall Tucker Band
 
There's little question that Shout! Factory's double-disc compilation The Marshall Tucker Band Anthology: The First 30 Years is exhuastive. It spans 32 songs, sampling from 20 albums, running more or less in chronological order, and giving a good idea of the group's narrative. While that's

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There's little question that Shout! Factory's double-disc compilation The Marshall Tucker Band Anthology: The First 30 Years is exhuastive. It spans 32 songs, sampling from 20 albums, running more or less in chronological order, and giving a good idea of the group's narrative. While that's a lot of ground, some charting singles are still missing -- 1975's "This Ol' Cowboy," 1978's "Dream Lover," 1980's "It Takes Time," 1983's "A Place I've Never Been," 1987's "Hangin' Out in Smoky Places," and 1993's "Walk Outside of the Lines" are all absent, which is kind of puzzling for a collection of this size, and will certainly be frustrating for listeners who know of MTB primarily from the radio. That said, for the serious fan who wants a thorough overview this is still a pretty good choice, since it does illustrate the arc of the group's career. For less dedicated fans, this will be a bit too much Marshall Tucker Band, and they may be better sticking with the group's definitive eponymous debut, since there is no good single-disc hits compilation on the market.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
Label:
Ramblin Records
UPC:
0826663409727
catalogNumber:
34097
Rank:
8012

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marshall Tucker Band   Primary Artist
Chris Hicks   Guitar
Toy Caldwell   Guitar,Vocals
Barry "B.B. Queen" Borden   Drums
Tommy Caldwell   Bass,Vocals
Jerry Eubanks   Flute,Saxophone
Ronnie Godfrey   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Doug Gray   Vocals
George McCorkle   Rhythm Guitar
David Muse   Flute,Saxophone
Bobby Ogdin   Keyboards
Mark Petty   Keyboards
Paul Riddle   Drums
Tom Robb   Bass
James Stroud   Drums
Franklin Wilkie   Bass,Vocals
Bob Wray   Bass
Donald Cameron   Keyboards
Kenny Mimms   Guitar
Tim Lawter   Bass
Rusty Milner   Guitar
Ronald Radford   Guitar
Stuart Swanlund   Slide Guitar
Tony "Ray" Heatherly   Bass
Gary Guzzardo   Drums
Clay Cook   Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone
Paul Thompson   Keyboards
David "Frankie" Toler   Drums

Technical Credits

Toy Caldwell   Composer
Tommy Caldwell   Composer
Jerry Eubanks   Composer
Ronnie Godfrey   Composer
Doug Gray   Arranger,Composer
George McCorkle   Composer
Barry Alfonso   Liner Notes
Tim Lawter   Arranger,Composer
Rusty Milner   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
John Roberts   Art Administration
Clay Cook   Composer

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Anthology: The First 30 Years 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not often that the first 5 or 6 albums by a band are of outstanding quality, especially one which doesn't have a pedigree outside the South. However, with the Marshall Tucker Band, they practically defined the whole scope of Southern Rock. The Allmans were rock with a capital "R", while there were a host of other relatively minor bands which followed in their footsteps trying to break into the 70's Pop charts. The Tucker band stayed true to their "school" and produced music which combined rock, country, jazz, blues, soul and jams. Just listen to their first 5 or 6 albums, from their 1st to when Tommy Caldwell (a superb bassist) died and you cannot help but be amazed by their range, growth and musicality. The band had a superb guitarist and chief songwriter in (also, the late)Toy Caldwell, a passionate singer in Doug Grey and a gutsy and inventive bass player in Tommy Caldwell. The others weren't short of skill either. This Anthology covers about half Toy Caldwell era and half post-Toy, the former being, by far, the best material. The post-Toy material is pretty good and worth the purchase of this album alone, but if you want to have a full Tucker experience then get their Toy/Tommy albums and drift off into the sunset. If you can find any Toy era Tucker DVD's then get them also he will knock your Southern socks off.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This two and a half hour set gives a good overview of The Marshall Band. Disc 1 presents the original group at their 70s peak. They were able to mix rock, jazz, country, and blues into a tasty stew that can still surprise the listener. The first few cuts on Disc 2 still features those players. Tommy Caldwell’s death and the departure of most of the band changed the focus to a country sound. The cuts are still more than competent but most of the spark is missing. Some of it returns on the final track, Ride Of Your Life. Overall, I give Anthology about 3 ½ stars. If you want the original group. try the more recent single CD Greatest Hits. Be aware that some cuts on it are single edits and not album versions found here.