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The Best Of The Marshall Tucker Band: The Capricorn Years
Marshall Tucker Band
The Best Of The Marshall Tucker Band: The Capricorn Years
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
 
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #2

Formed in 1971, this South Carolina unit rode the Allman Brothers-led southern-rock trend to great commercial success in the mid-'70s. Adding a bit more twang (Toy Caldwell's riffs recalled Duane Eddy) and jazzy elements (...  more »

      
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All Artists: Marshall Tucker Band
Title: The Best Of The Marshall Tucker Band: The Capricorn Years
Members Wishing: 14
Total Copies: 0
Label: K-Tel
Original Release Date: 12/5/1994
Re-Release Date: 11/3/1994
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Country Rock, Southern Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 022775502725

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Formed in 1971, this South Carolina unit rode the Allman Brothers-led southern-rock trend to great commercial success in the mid-'70s. Adding a bit more twang (Toy Caldwell's riffs recalled Duane Eddy) and jazzy elements (via Jerry Eubanks's sax and flute) to the mix, MTB had its biggest hit in 1975 with "Heard It in a Love Song" from their Searchin' for a Rainbow LP. Waylon Jennings subsequently scored a hit with their "Can't You See," but the band never recovered from the deaths of the Caldwell brothers. This two-disc set has absolutely everything you need and perhaps more--including "45 versions" as well as "live" repeats--the latter fitting since MTB was foremost a live act. --Bill Holdship

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29 tracks from their 7 Capricorn albums...
Stephen Cabral | New England | 10/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Nicely done box set from a band that I grew up on. 29 tracks from their 7 Capricorn albums..the only ones that matter. No rare hard-to-find songs, just a nice retrospective with informative liner notes. Contains both the studio and live version of Can't You See, a song that never fails to get me in a good mood."
Great CD
Jorge Barbarosa | the back 9 | 11/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Has it should have been remastered? Sure brings back some good memories. I picked this one up as and overview rather than beef up the collection with a lot of material.

I mean this with respect... Great music to listen to while working on your car or cleaning out the garage. You see, I've got an old monster stereo out in my "man room" and MTB along with the Allmans and all the old favorites have been upgraded to CD and blare anytime I'm out there turning wrenches.

Affectionally Yours
The Bassist"
Leaves you wanting more...
Jay Grabow | Omaha, NE United States | 04/03/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"While this is a nice collection of MTB songs, the effect it will have on longtime Tucker fans is to leave them wanting more. If you're new to MTB, or you just want one collection that covers the highlights, this is a decent purchase. With three live tunes, you'll get a taste of MTB in their element. You'll wonder in awe how Toy Caldwell could play all those notes (with just his thumb)! Paul Riddle's drumming is amazingly fluid.

Personally, I own every MTB release that includes Toy, Tommy, Paul, George, and Doug, plus a couple of the "modern era" releases. If I had to be stranded on the proverbial island with only one "album" to play on my rigged coconut stereo, it would be MTB's "Where We All Belong". For me, it offers the best of both worlds; MTB's ability to offer great songs recorded in the studio, plus their cookin' live performances that solidify their rightful place as one of America's best live groups.

Another great recording is the recently released, "Stompin' Room Only". The cover should contain the warning: "WARNING: Listening to this disc while driving causes sudden outbursts of air-drumming or air-guitar. Please pull over before Toy Caldwell's solo on This Ol' Cowboy."

This brings me back to reviewing this "Best Of" collection. On this release, the studio version of This Ol' Cowboy is 3:40. On the cookin' live version of Stompin Room Only, the same song is 5:39, and on Where We All Belong, the song keeps you tappin' for all of 6:46. Those of us that grew up with LP's, with no remote controls, had to just let the record play. Nobody was in the habit of skipping songs. Artists knew they had to put albums together in such a way as keep you interested all the way through. One reason that I'm personally disappointed in almost every "Best Of" CD I've ever purchased is that you lose that album feel. Certainly this is true with this MTB collection. If you owned Searching for a Rainbow, Carolina Dreams, Where We All Belong, or any other MTB release, you'll sorely miss the songs that are not included on this Best Of collection. If, however, you only intend to buy one MTB release, you'll be pretty happy with this purchase.

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