MTB's 1974 Classic Double Album Is Now Remastered!
highway_star | Hallandale, Florida United States | 04/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Marshall Tucker Band's third album called "Where We All Belong" was originally a double album which consisted of a "Studio Album" and a "Live Album". Released in 1974, "Where We All Belong" left no question as to as to why these Spartanberg, South Carolina boys were fast becoming one of southern rocks best groups to emerge from the land of Dixie. By combining elements of country and blues and mixing in some good old rock, they had a sound unlike other groups at the time. "Where We All Belong" enlists such artists as Charlie Daniel playing his fiddle on "This Ol' Cowboy" and Elvin Bishop adding his touch of slide guitar to "Where A Country Boy Belongs", but it's lead guitarist Toy Caldwell who clearly shows why he's one of southern rocks most gifted guitarists on songs such as "This Ol Cowboy", "How Can I Slow Down", and "Now She's Gone" (not to mentioned the "live" songs). The "live" versions of "Ramblin'", "24 Hours At A Time", "Everyday (I Have The Blues)", and "Take The Highway" all of which were recorded on July 11, 1974 in Milwaukee's Uhlein Hall Performing Arts Center absolutely smoke. The entire group is as tight as ever! This remastered version of "Where We All Belong" also contains a bonus "live" track called "See You Later, I'm Gone". The remastering on this disc is excellent with crisp highs, increased midrange and bass. If you enjoy listening to The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Charlie Daniels Band and The Outlaws (to name a few) then you owe it to yourself to add this to your collection."
A defining moment in the MTB saga
highway_star | 01/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The MTB was a classic "too rock for country, too country for rock" band. They had their own identity forged around the distinctive vocals of Doug Gray and the solid songwriting and unrestrained guitar work of the late, legendary Toy Caldwell. He could jam like a man with the proverbial hellhound on his trail, but he could also write tight and tuneful little three or four minute songs. The studio and live tracks here are the best representation of both ends of the spectrum. The extended live version of "24 Hours At A Time," with guest Charlie Daniels, stomps toward a climax as Doug Gray repeats the line "feel the same way," Daniels saws away at his fiddle and Caldwell pulls off speed run after speed run on his Les Paul. An nice live version of their massive FM radio hit "Take The Highway" is here too, and it's the song that first introduced many fans to the band. The original vinyl double album erroneously lists a credit for a live version of "Can't You See" that didn't end up here (it was on this album's follow-up, "Searchin' For A Rainbow," re-released on CD as well and highly recommended). The recent "Stompin' Room Only" live compilation uses the same Milwaukee versions of "24 hrs" and "Ramblin'" found on "Where We All Belong"...but even that small moment of recycling doesn't prevent that one from being a "must-have" as well."
Another Great Marshall Tucker Album
The Footpath Cowboy | Kingston, NY United States | 04/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WHERE WE ALL BELONG is yet another great Marshall Tucker Band album. The studio portion features some great new songs, especially "How Can I Slow Down" and "Now She's Gone", while the live half includes MTB's answers to "Free Bird" or "Green Grass And High Tides", "24 Hours At A Time" and "Take The Highway." If you love the Allman Brothers Band, the Outlaws, or Lynyrd Skynyrd, you'll love this album."