by The Charlie Daniels Band

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Charlie Daniels found his sound on 1974's Fire on the Mountain, but with its 1975 follow-up, Nightrider, he found the definitive lineup of the Charlie Daniels Band and, with it, crystallized the group's sound and entered into his golden era. Guitarist Barry Barnes and drummer Gary Allen are replaced by Tom Crain and Don Murray, respectively, and the result is a band that sounds fuller and more adventurous than before, capable of following all the paths that the country and blues-rock fusion on Fire on the Mountain suggested. As such, Nightrider focuses much more on the playing as opposed to the songs -- which is kind of ironic, considering that this brought Daniels his first big hit in "Texas." Then again, the jamming, while heavy, never overwhelms the songs. In fact, it enhances the songs, opening them up to new vistas in how rock, blues, hillbilly country, and bluegrass sit next to each other, and when the group just lays back and plays, there's the kinetic excitement of hearing these musicians learn how they interact together. Fire on the Mountain remains the Charlie Daniels Band's classic album, but this damn fine album comes in as a close second.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972493428
catalogNumber: 724934

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Daniels Band   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Toy Caldwell   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Charlie Daniels   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Tom Crain   Guitar,Vocals
Joel "Taz" DiGregorio   Keyboards,Vocals
Fred Edwards   Drums
Paul Hornsby   Keyboards
Jaimoe   Conga,Drums
Charlie Hayward   Bass
Don Murray   Drums
Jai Johanny Johanson   Drums

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Composer
Paul Hornsby   Producer
Kalifornia Kurt Kinzel   Engineer,Remixing
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
James Flournoy Holmes   Illustrations

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