A great collection from another place and time.
ripzepplin | NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS United States | 08/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To those from this era, you probably wore down your original LP verson of this recording. Grab the CD. I only hope that it's been remastered. My fist CD of this recording was not the best sounding - not a lot of good highs. Nevertheless, I need not tell you of the greatness of this CD, nor it's efficiency. They certainly could have fit a lot more Tucker into a G.Hits CD. To those haven't heard this CD, this album is a solid CD to own. It takes you to another place and time in music, though not with the same impact it would with someone who was around when it came out in the first place. It might not be too hard to understand the popularity of this band back in the 70s, given today's huge country music popularity. Fact is, today's country music stars owe a lot to bands like the Marshall Tucker band. One listen to this album, and you can point to many of today's stars and see the influence Tucker had on them. Of course, back in the mid to late 70s, Marshall Tucker was considered country rock. Shows you what a little marketing and labeling can do for today's music. Tucker had several albums where one or two songs stuck out. So that only 8 songs are on this CD isn't too surprising. Disappointing, yes. They could have updated that by now. But the songs on here showed their many sides. There was nothing like when that one magical beer kicked in at the same time the opening guitar to "Fire on the Mountain" sang out. A great story too. My favorite song, "This Ol' Cowboy" still sounds great today. It's as jazzy as country music gets - and the lyrics of a guy burned by his gal are never out of date, as is his way of coping with it ("Honey I've been a fool, but a bigger fool, I can't remember when I've been. Just to open up my heart, and let you walk right in. So I don't want you to think, that you're the first one, to leave this ol' boy out here on his own. No this ain't gonna be the first time this ol' cowboy, spent the night alone"). "Heard It In a Love Song" and "Can't You See" are Tucker anthems that also tell of the struggles of life and love with wholehearted simplicity. And Tucker does it the only way they can - with the unmistakable guitars, flute and rythmns only Tucker can provide. To many of us, it takes us back to sunny laid back summer days when back yard keg parties were the norm and tolerated by neighbors, much less the police. It takes you back to a time when Jimmy Carter was prez, bars and night clubs seemed less pretentious, and Urban Cowboy would soon put our lifestyle in pictures. When tight blue jeans, cut-offs and frisbees were enjoyed by everyone. Yeah, you might wonder what that is to brag about, but it was a different time and place. And this music symbolized it. Include this in your collection. To those with eclectic tastes, what are you waiting for? To those who want to explore other areas of music unexplored, ditto!"
Just Scratches the Surface
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 03/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the CD version of "The Marshall Tucker Band's Greatest Hits" LP that was released back in the 70s. As such it sorely needs to be updated, becuase at a mere 8 songs it woefully underrepresents this often overlooked band. At their height (circa 1972-1978) the Tuckers gave Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers a tussle for king of the Southern rock hill. Mellower and not as political as Skynyrd and much more country flavored than the Allmans, the Tuckers still produced some great music. The CD starts out with the band's biggest hit, "Can't You See," which rivals Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," and the Allmans' "Ramblin' Man" as THE definitive Southern rock song. "Heard it in a Love Song" was another huge hit. "Searchin' for a Rainbow," "Fire on the Mountain" and "24 Hours at a Time" are also good choices, but there are at least a half dozen other Tucker songs better than the other three selected. Quibbling aside, this is a good CD to familiar yourself with the band. Once you do, you may find yourself wanting to go back and buy those old 70s albums, all of which range from good to great.Overall, a too-short collection that still contains some excellent music."
40 bucks for 8 songs
GeorgiaRocknRoller | 03/15/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is ridiculous. Of course there is no doubt that the songs presented here are of grand stature, but take into account that your gonna be paying 5 dollars a song and that ain't a bargain. I suggest for people wanting Tuckers hits for a bargain get their latest album "Marshall Tucker: The Anthology". "The Anthology" has 32 songs on it and it's just a little over 22 bucks. So don't waste your money on this $40 cd with just 8 songs on it, get all of the songs and much more for less and buy "The Marshall Tucker Band: The Anthology The first 30 years"."