More country than the earlier albums and still great
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Long Hard Ride" is one of the underappreciated MTB albums, coming between "Searchin' For A Rainbow" (with it's Top 40 hit "Fire On The Mountain") and the platinum "Carolina Dreams" (with the band's biggest hit "Heard It In A Love Song"). The album gets off to a rousing start with "Long Hard Ride." With it's bullwhip, fiddle and memorable guitar lead it's a killer opening salvo. Toy Caldwell was simply one of the most distinctive, creative, and powerful guitarists ever. His work on the first 10 MTB albums withstands the test of time. My favorite track on the album has to be "Am I The Kind Of Man." A downtempo number, lyrically and musically it touches your heart and soul. If you're looking to start your MTB collection begin with "Where We All Belong" and "A New Life" but if you're looking for a killer addition to your existing MTB collection this would be a great one to pick up. Oh, yeah! The CD reissue has not only much-improved sound, but also a killer bonus live track: "(If I Could) See You One More Time.""
For True Fans
A. Huss | Shakopee, MN | 02/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As stated before, the album has a more country twang than other Marshall Tucker Band albums, but is not to be looked over. As part of the Southern Rock, MTB is more country than the Allman Brothers or Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more blues than Charlie Daniels. This album brings out the country side in the band, especially with the title track "Long Hard Ride". The album is not a starting point for new MTB fans, but a definite for fans already enjoying other albums."