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Soul of the South

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After 30 years of speculation and rumor, Marshall Tucker Band frontman Doug Gray's solo album finally surfaces. Originally cut in 1981 for a solo deal he later rejected, it contains eight finished tracks from sessions starring the original members of MTB: Gray, Toy Caldwell, George McCorkle, Jerry Eubanks, and Paul Riddle rhythm guitarist Tommy Caldwell had been killed in a car accident the year before, local Spartanburg musicians including future MTB members Franklin Wilkie and Rusty Milner, and A-list Nashville studio aces Bob Wray, Mike Lawler, and Terry McMillan. In fact, these eight sides represent the only previously unreleased material by MTB. Produced and engineered ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After 30 years of speculation and rumor, Marshall Tucker Band frontman Doug Gray's solo album finally surfaces. Originally cut in 1981 for a solo deal he later rejected, it contains eight finished tracks from sessions starring the original members of MTB: Gray, Toy Caldwell, George McCorkle, Jerry Eubanks, and Paul Riddle rhythm guitarist Tommy Caldwell had been killed in a car accident the year before, local Spartanburg musicians including future MTB members Franklin Wilkie and Rusty Milner, and A-list Nashville studio aces Bob Wray, Mike Lawler, and Terry McMillan. In fact, these eight sides represent the only previously unreleased material by MTB. Produced and engineered by no less than all-star Billy Sherrill, these sides were meant to present Gray's voice in an utterly different setting than the MTB's. They succeed. The material is pop-soul from the era, including a reading of the 1969 Spiral Staircase hit "More Today Than Yesterday." Sherrill's idea of producing this kind of music was different from most producers of the period; he was used to working with chart-topping country artists like George Jones and Merle Haggard at the time. Gray's more than up to the task vocally, and the versatility of the MTB cats is astonishing. They rose to the material that was a universe away from the songs Toy Caldwell wrote for the band. Very slick and smooth, the set's best tracks include opener "Let Me Be the Fool," a midtempo pop-soul bubbler with old-school Stax-styled horns; Bobby Whitlock's "Guilty," with its spidery guitar and funky bassline, and the laid-back "Mr. Sandman." Ultimately, this will be a last piece of the puzzle for MTB completists, but anybody who appreciates the radio-friendly pop-soul grooves of the early '80s will find something here to enjoy. Soul of the South was a successful experiment; one can only speculate what might have transpired had Gray signed a solo deal and released it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Ramblin Records
  • UPC: 826663123531
  • Catalog Number: 12353
  • Sales rank: 113,331

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Me Be the Fool (3:17)
  2. 2 Who (3:36)
  3. 3 Sandman (3:46)
  4. 4 Guilty (3:44)
  5. 5 Don't Blame It On the Rain (3:18)
  6. 6 Never Enough (2:33)
  7. 7 Still Thinking of You (3:25)
  8. 8 More Today Than Yesterday (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doug Gray Primary Artist, Vocals
Toy Caldwell Guitar
Jerry Eubanks Horn
Ronnie Godfrey Keyboards
Mike Lawler Synthesizer
George McCorkle Guitar
Terry McMillan Conga
Paul Riddle Drums
Franklin Wilkie Bass
Bob Wray Bass
Rusty Milner Guitar
Dennis Solie Saxophone
The Cherry Sisters Background Vocals
Michael Blithe Synthesizer
John Boestlar Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael Bolton Composer
Dave Loggins Composer
Roger Cook Composer
Susan Hammond Composer
Randy Goodrum Composer
Doug Gray Producer
S. Lewis Composer
Billy Sherrill Producer, Engineer
Bobby Whitlock Composer
Barry Alfonso Liner Notes
Earl Bud Lee Composer
Ron Rainey Executive Producer
Ralph Murphy Composer
Buddy Strong Mastering
Patrick Upton Composer
Patrick Henderson Composer
Dee Marsis Composer
Angela Hanna Cover Photo
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