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Stompin' Room Only
     

Stompin' Room Only

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by The Marshall Tucker Band
 
Twenty seven years after it was compiled, the apocryphal Stompin' Room Only is finally released. The album, which suffers only from being the seam album between Marshall Tucker's tenures at Capricorn and Warner Bros, was recorded during the European tour in support of Carolina Dreams. Here are 11 tracks by the original

Overview

Twenty seven years after it was compiled, the apocryphal Stompin' Room Only is finally released. The album, which suffers only from being the seam album between Marshall Tucker's tenures at Capricorn and Warner Bros, was recorded during the European tour in support of Carolina Dreams. Here are 11 tracks by the original band -- with guests on a few -- with two cuts from a Milwaukee 1974 show tacked on for good measure. This is Marshall Tucker as they have never been heard on record. Like the Allmans, the Tuckers were all about seamlessly expanding from one musical form into another. Whereas studio versions of "Can't You See," "Take the Highway," "Ramblin'," and "24 Hours at a time," would weave elements of jazz, blues, honky tonk, gospel, and Appalachian folk music into the body of a song, on these extended jamming excursions they fully indulged their passions, winding in and out of genres without seams or sudden shifts. On an elongated cover of B.B. King's signature tune, "The Thrill Is Gone," with a number of guests including Dickey Betts and Charlie Daniels (making for a four-guitar front line!) as well as Jimmy Hall and Chuck Leavell, Chicago blues, jazz, and country are all enmeshed simultaneously, as the hidden nuances in the song come to the fore. On the gloriously long "24 Hours at a Time," Tom Caldwell's bass moves through the various jazz eras as Daniels fiddles his ass off to keep time with Toy Caldwell's knotty, razor-wire leads. And for those fans of the Marshal Tucker Band whose gauge is the song, "Can't You See," there isn't a better one on record or bootleg that's better than this one. With its shuffling, funky backbeat, and Toy Caldwell's impassioned vocal leading the charge to his burning solos, it literally send chills up the spine. This is one of the few cases where a found "lost" recording lives up its legend.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
Ramblin Records
UPC:
0826663165623
catalogNumber:
31656
Rank:
69080

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marshall Tucker Band   Primary Artist
Jimmy Hall   Harmonica
Toy Caldwell   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Caldwell   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Charlie Daniels   Fiddle,Guitar
Fred Edwards   Drums
Jerry Eubanks   Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Group Member
Doug Gray   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Chuck Leavell   Piano
Jamie Nichol   Conga
Paul Riddle   Drums,Group Member
Richard Betts   Guitar

Technical Credits

Roy Hawkins   Composer
Toy Caldwell   Composer
Paul Hornsby   Producer,Engineer
George McCorkle   Composer
Rick Darnell   Composer
Ron Rainey   Executive Producer
Michael Buffalo Smith   Liner Notes
Traci Swartz   Artwork

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Stompin' Room Only 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I just listened to this CD yesterday while working on the computer and belatedly realized that the MTB was one of those groups who sounded much better live, a fact that I had missed when I first purchased it several years ago.The flute and sax parts give added texture to the songs. Like the Allmans, they could stretch out effortlessly. Had this album come out in the 70s, the band might have been bigger than they were at the time.I think I will pick up the Live at Long Island CD in the near future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my very favorite groups from growing up, and yet I still can sit and listen and enjoy there music almost 30 years later. It is all timeless to me.