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|The Marshall Tucker Band||Primary Artist|
|Toy Caldwell||Guitar, Vocals|
|Barry "B.B. Queen" Borden||Drums|
|Tommy Caldwell||Bass, Vocals|
|Jerry Eubanks||Flute, Saxophone|
|Ronnie Godfrey||Piano, Keyboards, Vocals|
|George McCorkle||Rhythm Guitar|
|David Muse||Flute, Saxophone|
|Franklin Wilkie||Bass, Vocals|
|Stuart Swanlund||Slide Guitar|
|Tony "Ray" Heatherly||Bass|
|Clay Cook||Flute, Keyboards, Saxophone|
|David "Frankie" Toler||Drums|
|Doug Gray||Arranger, Composer|
|Barry Alfonso||Liner Notes|
|Tim Lawter||Arranger, Composer|
|John Roberts||Art Administration|
Posted October 1, 2010
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.
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Posted August 17, 2012
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.