For those who purchased the original CD version of the Marshal Tucker Band's Greatest Hits compilation -- taken directly from the Capricorn LP version and distributed by K-Tel -- be aware that this 21st century Shout Factory version is a very different, more authoritative, and satisfying document. This version of Greatest Hits contains 14 tracks compared to the original's eight. It contains the actual single versions of "Heard It in a Love Song," "Searchin' for a Rainbow," "Long Hard Ride," "Can't You See," and "This 'Ol Cowboy." Instead of following a strict chronological line, producer Ron Rainey assembles these tracks in a manner that makes for an ultimate MTB playlist. Along with the singles, it contains select top-notch album cuts including "In My Own Way" (with a guest spot by Charlie Daniels on fiddle) the blues "Too Stubborn," "Desert Skies," and "I Should Never Have Started Lovin' You,"" from Carolina Dreams, the latter showcasing the sheer versatility of the band with its jazz overtones. It contains only cuts recorded by the original sextet of Doug Gray, brothers Toy and Tommy Caldwell, George McCorkle, Paul Riddle, and Jerry Eubanks between 1973 and 1977 (all Capricorn, no Warner). In addition to a stellar track selection, the sound has been brilliantly remastered by Buddy Strong and Gray. Hearing "Fire on the Mountain," "Ramblin'," "24 Hours at a Time," and "Take the Highway" in this context reveals MTB not so much as a "Southern Rock Band" with all the excesses and cliches that implies, but as a highly skilled, very ambitious group of musicians who were influenced by everything from country and blues to jazz, pop, and even soul. For hardcore fans, more than likely there isn't anything here you don't already have, but for anyone curious or looking for a truly representative single-disc compilation, this one is head and shoulders above anything else out there.
Performance CreditsMarshall Tucker Band Primary Artist
Toy Caldwell Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Caldwell Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jerry Eubanks Flute,Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Background Vocals,Group Member
Doug Gray Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
George McCorkle Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Paul Riddle Drums,Group Member
Technical CreditsToy Caldwell Composer
Doug Gray Composer
George McCorkle Composer
Barry Alfonso Liner Notes
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The MTB was one of the best of the southern rock band, only surpassed by the Allman Brothers. They blended rock, jazz, country , Americana, and even western swing into a pleasant, mellow stew and their lyrics were more mature than some of the other groups who came out of the genre. Jerry Eubanks' flute even reminds me of Traffic. Their peak only lasted for 5 years in the 1970s and this collection is drawn from that era. Had they been working in the present they might have become country or jam band superstars.The Stompin' Room Only live collection is also a good entrance point for those interested in Marshall Tucker's peak period.