Running Out of Wind
Michael R. Lachance | Maine, USA | 11/20/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I am a die hard MTB fan, and honestly, went into listening to this LP with high hopes. Unfortunately, I do believe that 'Together Forever' marked the high point of MTB discography, in all aspects. With 'Together Forever' MTB had the cleanest sound, the best engineering, top notch production, phenominal guitar playing and songwriting by Toy Caldwell, and solid, skilled vocals by Doug Gray.
'Running Like the Wind' could easily have been titled 'Running Out of Wind' as Doug Gray's vocals are clearly not up to task. Whatever transpired between the two albums, something had taken a serious toll on the band. Toy Caldwells once prominent guitar is nearly missing entirely from the album, with only token appearances in a few tracks. Doug Grays vocals are wavering, thin, uncoordinated and hollow. the album is laden with horns that feel both out of place and contrived.
I say this with deep regret, this was the album that MTB should never have made. Compare this to ALL previous releases. Is this due to a new Producer, new label and a band that was becoming both musically, physically and mentally exhausted?
The Marshall Tucker Band was one of the best groups to come out of the 1970's and will always be on the top of my list. This 1979 release brought an immediate end to the MTB signature sound that we are all fond of. Perhaps for some this is welcome. For others, a sad closure.
I appreciate the 5 stars given by the previous 2 reviewers, but I fear the rating has been given out of (due) respect to Tommy, Toy and George. (RIP) MTB is a 5 star band. But this album was not.
Marshall Tucker Fan
T. A. Harrison | Virginia | 08/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Going through my old albums, I ran across this one. I hadn't heard these tunes for 20 years and as soon as I discovered this CD online, I had to have it! This is one of my favorite MTB albums, a great mixture of southern rock and contemporary sounds, with a little jazz thrown in. Not your run-of-the-mill southern rocker, grind-it-out tunes; instead a great variety of tunes... tunes you'll be whistling the day away with."
What an album
J. Budnyk | 12/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have bought all of the early MTB albums recently. I love them all. RLTW has turned out to be a masterpiece. This is from a fan who missed out on MTB first time round but who has discovered them recently."