Anthology: The First 30 Years

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • Label: Ramblin Records
  • UPC: 826663409727
  • Catalog Number: 34097
  • Sales rank: 24,024

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Souther Rock At Its Best

    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

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    This two and a half hour set gives a good overview of The Marsha

    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.

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