Sunday, April 13, 2008

THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND 1973 - 1983

If you're expecting an unbiased, editorial style review of this band and their music then you're going to be solely disappointed with what's here. I love this band. I loved them from the first time I heard "Take The Highway" in 1973 and I still play their music frequently when I need an upper. This was one of the most talented and prolific emsembles to come out of the '70's music explosion and on 13 studio albums released between 1973 and the end of '83 there is 100 or so tunes, all of which are individual jewels.
I've been fortunate to see this band live over a dozen times during the '70's. It was an annual thing for a number of years as they would come to play at the old dome on the Grand Valley State college campus every summer. Myself and a buddy would get there early in the afternoon and wait for the equipment trucks to roll in. We'd ask if we could help and always got a "Sure thing, partner!" More than once we got to sit inside and listen during sound checks before going outside to get in line with our tickets for the show. Some of the best times I had in those days was standing up in front of Toy and Tommy Caldwell watching those boys pick and grin.
This wasn't a band with one star, it was a true ensemble. Doug Gray's voice is unmistakeable for anyone else and the power behind it was awesome. I can remember in concert having him let out a hollar and not be anywhere close to a mic and still hear it loud and clear. Doug Gray was the voice of MTB period. Doug still fronts the band even today and although it's still called The Marshall Tucker Band it's more the Doug Gray Band these days.
Toy Caldwell was the song writer and guitar picker extrordinaire. Toy wrote the bulk of MTB's tunes with occasional help from George Caldwell and the other boys, but it was Toy's guitar playing that did most of the talking for him. He had an awesome picking style, using his thumb and it was amazing to watch the things he could do not even using a guitar pick. Toy Caldwell went to sleep at his home on the night of February 25, 1993, never to awaken again.
Tommy Caldwell was a hero of mine too. Being a bass player of sorts in my younger days I would judge a band on the talent of their bass player and MTB had a bassist who kept the band moving all the time. He would play with such intensity that the sweat would just be pouring off him, particulary on the longer jams that they were famous for in their live shows. When he died in April of 1980 in a car accident it was a sad day in my world. The first piece of the original band was gone and although his replacement, Franklin Wilkie did a good job, he wasn't Tommy. If there is a heaven those two brothers are up there putting on a heckuva show every Saturday night.
Paul Riddle played drums for MTB and no matter what type of tune they were playin', Jazzy, swinging or out and out rockin' he was right there with style and feeling pushing the boys up front with his two hands and two feet pumping away like a well oiled machine.
George McCorkle was the strong, silent one for the band. He was just always there playing great rhythm guitar, either acoustic or electric, behind Toy's lead work. George also wrote a number of tunes for the band and one of them, Searching for a Rainbow was a large hit for MTB. George succumbed to cancer last summer, July 2007, and went to join the brothers for those saturday night shows.
Last but certainly not least there was Jerry Eubanks. The man who created a large part of that famous Tucker sound with his excellent Sax and Flute work. Always melodic and always moving, his playing helped MTB stand out head and shoulders above most of the music being created at the time.
This was the original band. Doug Gray continues to front the MTB in the new millenium and the quality of the music is still excellent. They just released a new album in 2007 Called The Next Adventure which is certainly worth owning.
What we have here now is the MTB discography from their 1st album in 73 thru Greetings From South Carolina in 1983. After Greetings the band effectively broke up and only Jerry and Doug went on under the MTB moniker with a variety of excellent southern musicians filling the spots left by Toy, Paul, George and Franklin. If you're new to MTB I'd suggest going chronologically and see where that takes you. I hope you enjoy the music as much as I have and still do......

MARSHALL TUCKER BAND - TAKE THE HIGHWAY 1973


THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND - 1973
Take The Highway
Can’t You See
Losing You
Hillbilly Band
See You Later, I’m Gone
Ramblin’
My Jesus Told Me So
AB’s Song

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A NEW LIFE - 1974
A New Life
Southern Woman
Blue Ridge Mountain Sky
Too Stubborn
Another Cruel Love
You Ain’t Foolin’ Me
24 Hours At A Time
Fly Eagle Fly
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WHERE WE ALL BELONG - 1974
This Ol’ Cowboy
Low Down Ways
In My Own Way
How Can I Slow Down
Where A Country Boy Belongs
Now She’s Gone
Try One More Time
Ramblin’
24 Hours At A Time
Everyday (I Have The Blues)
Take The Highway

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SEARCHIN' FOR A RAINBOW - 1975
Fire On The Mountain
Searchin’ For A Rainbow
Walkin’ And Talkin’
Virginia
Bob Away My Blues
Keeps Me From All Wrong
Bound And Determined
Can’t You See
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LONG HARD RIDE - 1976
Long Hard Ride
Property Line
Am I The Kind Of Man
Walkin’ The Streets Alone
Windy City Blues
Holding On To You
You Say You Love Me
You Don’t Live Forever

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CAROLINA DREAMS - 1977
Fly Like An Eagle
Heard It In A Love Song
I Should Have Never Started Lovin’ You
Life In A Song
Desert Skies
Never Trust A Stranger
Tell It To The Devil
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TOGETHER FOREVER - 1978
I’ll Be Loving You
Love Is A Mystery
Singing Rhymes
Dream Lover
Everybody Needs Somebody
Change Is Gonna Come
Asking Too Much Of You

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RUNNING LIKE THE WIND - 1979
Running Like The Wind
Last Of The Singing Cowboys
Answer To Love
Unto These Hills
Melody Ann
My Best Friend
Pass It On

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TENTH - 1980
It Takes Time
Without You
See You One More Time
Disillusion
Cattle Drive
Gospel Singin’ Man
Save My Soul
Sing My Blues
Jimi
Foolish Dreaming

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DEDICATED - 1981
Rumors Are Raging
Tonight’s The Night (For Making Love)
Love Some
Silverado
Something’s Missing In My Life
This Time I Believe
Tell The Blues To Take Off The Night
Special Someone
The Time Has Come
Ride In Peace
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TUCKERIZED - 1982
Reachin’ For A Little Bit More
If You Think You’re Hurtin’ Me (Girl You’re Crazy)
Even A Fool Would Let Go
Sea, Dreams & Fairy Tales
Any Way The Wind Blows Rider
Mr. President
Heartbroke
Unforgiven
Sweet Elaine
Ace High Love

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JUST US - 1983
8:05
Stay A Step Ahead
Time Don’t Pass By Here
Testify
Long Island Lady
A Place I’ve Never Been
Wait For You
When Love Begins To Fade
Paradise
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GREETINGS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA - 1983
Carolina Sunset
Good ’Ole Hurting Song
If I Could Only Have My Way
I May Be Easy But You Make It Hard
Closer To Jesus
Blood Red Eagle
Shot Down Where You Stand
Feel A Drunk Comin’ On
Bags Half Packed
Rollin’ River
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MARSHALL TUCKER BAND - 24 HOURS AT A TIME WITH CHARLIE DANIELS ON FIDDLE


4 Comments:

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Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 2:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger MrJJ said...

Thank You
I have added The Marshall Tucker Band (1973) to my MusicBox for online listening pleasure.

Nice Blog :)

Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 10:58:00 AM EDT  

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