The Best of the Marshall Tucker Band: The Capricorn Years

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This fairly self-explanatory double-disc compilation gathers 27 sides from '70s Southern rock staples the Marshall Tucker Band. With a blend of intricate jamming and straight-ahead guitar-driven rock & roll, the MTB were among the predecessors to the success of their Capricorn labelmates -- the Allman Brothers Band, Cowboy, and Sea Level. They also incorporated elements of jazz, folk, and country to create a unique and original sound that effortlessly crossed genres, yet never strayed too far away from their decidedly down-home essence. The MTB only scored a handful of hits -- such as "Heard It in a Love Song," "Take the Highway," "Can't You See," and "Fire on the ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This fairly self-explanatory double-disc compilation gathers 27 sides from '70s Southern rock staples the Marshall Tucker Band. With a blend of intricate jamming and straight-ahead guitar-driven rock & roll, the MTB were among the predecessors to the success of their Capricorn labelmates -- the Allman Brothers Band, Cowboy, and Sea Level. They also incorporated elements of jazz, folk, and country to create a unique and original sound that effortlessly crossed genres, yet never strayed too far away from their decidedly down-home essence. The MTB only scored a handful of hits -- such as "Heard It in a Love Song," "Take the Highway," "Can't You See," and "Fire on the Mountain" -- which of course are represented here. However, the seven long-players that featured the incipient incarnations of the MTB reveal a synergy among bandmates Doug Gray vocals, Toy Caldwell guitar/vocals, his brother Tommy Caldwell bass/vocals, George McCorkle guitar, Paul Riddle drums, and Jerry Eubanks flute/sax/vocals. Their laid-back ethos hung equally on the band's diversity of styles and skills. Toy Caldwell's prowess as a guitar player stretches beyond that of a standard acoustic and electric picker. Tracks such as "See You Later, I'm Gone" and "Virginia" show off his amazing depth as a steel guitarist as well. The deep and somewhat reverential twang that commences "Fire on the Mountain" harks back to the roots of the MTB's high and lonesome bluegrass origins. Then, mix in Eubanks' light and airy reed work for a truly liberating experience that is also distinctly American. The Best of the Marshall Tucker Band: The Capricorn Years 1994 features examples of the combo's loose instrumental jamming on "In My Own Way," "A New Life," and the 13-plus minute live rendering of "24 Hours at a Time." This cut definitely rivaled the Lynyrd Skynyrd epic "Free Bird" or the Allmans' "Whipping Post" for spin time on many FM album rock radio stations, back when they were still spinning LPs. This collection features several "45 versions" -- which may best serve the burgeoning or casual enthusiast. However, diehards will want to seek out the full-length renderings of "Can't You See," "This Ol' Cowboy," "Searchin' for a Rainbow," and "Long Hard Ride." The accompanying 26-page booklet is replete with discographical and biographical information as well some black-and-white photos. The Best of the Marshall Tucker Band: The Capricorn Years is a good place for all interested parties to begin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1994
  • Label: K-Tel
  • UPC: 022775502725
  • Catalog Number: 5027

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Marshall Tucker Band Primary Artist
Elvin Bishop Slide Guitar
Toy Caldwell Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
John McEuen Banjo, Mandolin
Tommy Caldwell Bass, Percussion, Electric Bass, Drums, Bass Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Charlie Daniels Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Jerry Eubanks Flute, Percussion, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals, Flute Saxophone, Vocal Harmony
Earl Ford Trombone, Horn
Doug Gray Percussion, Vocal Harmony
Paul Hornsby Organ, Clarinet, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Moog Synthesizer
Oscar Jackson Horn
Jaimoe Johnson Conga
Jerome Joseph Conga
Leo Labranche Trumpet
Dezso Lakatos Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Leavell Electric Piano
Todd Logan Horn
Steve Madaio Trumpet
George McCorkle Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Whip
Sam McPherson Harp
Paul Riddle Drums
Andy Stein Fiddle
Fred Wise Fiddle
Richard Betts Guitar
Harold Williams Horn
Alan McDonald Mandolin
Johnny Vernazza Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Tim Hardin Composer
Ken Caillat Engineer
Rick Clark Liner Notes
Jack Crymes Engineer
Jerry Eubanks Contributor
Paul Hornsby Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Leo Labranche Horn Arrangements
Stewart Levine Producer
Rik Pekkonen Remixing
Johnny Sandlin Contributor, Remix Consultant
Ovie Sparks Engineer, Remixing, Remix Consultant
Buddy Thornton Engineer
Sam Whiteside Engineer, Remixing
Tony Humphreys Remixing
Adam Marano Composer
Ann Cleary Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The ultimate sound of South Carolina's upstate

    Being from South Carolina myself,I was so proud and stuck on The Tucker Boys so much . I thought it was the CAROLINA DREAM to listen to.The cd The Capricorn Years,has got to be the best of the Marshall Tucker Band.and the best ever 27 songs put on a cd.

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