Ranking Marshall Tucker Band Albums

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by QuestionMark?, May 8, 2020.

  1. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? 4TH N' GOAL Thread Starter

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    I'm on a MTB binge. I heard the Stompin' Room and loved it. Live On Long Island was also good. Are these the best two live albums available or is there something better? What are their best studio albums? What are the best sounding versions? Any help would be appreciated!
     
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  2. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? 4TH N' GOAL Thread Starter

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    I have these on vinyl but I'm looking for CDs.

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  3. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

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    bullmoose.com looks to have their entire catalog, or close to it. Some of it at decent pre-owned prices.
     
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  4. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk "You say you'll change the constitution"

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  5. Exile On My Street

    Exile On My Street Senior Member

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    My top tier MTB are the self-titled debut, Where We All Belong and Carolina Dreams. Where We All Belong was originally released as a two record set, one studio and one live and the live album is absolutely killer!

    You really can't go wrong with anything the band did in the 70's.
     
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  6. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    Going by memeory & subject to change day to day anyway.
    Whatever has ended up in last spot is still better than most other bands best efforts.
    The not so good albums happened after Toy Caldwell had left.

    Carolina Dreams
    Searchin' for a Rainbow
    A New Life
    Where We All Belong
    The Marshall Tucker Band
    Running Like the Wind
    Together Forever
    Long Hard Ride
    Just Us
    Greetings From South Carolina
    Tenth
    Dedicated
    Tuckerized
     
  7. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

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    Just had a look and I have fifteen of their albums & it's fair to say I find something to enjoy on all of them. I reckon that Kingley Fats is correct, when when you lose a talent like Toy Caldwell, it's not easy to recover. He wasn't fully engaged on Just Us and Greetings From South Carolina and whilst they are still decent, they suffer a little accordingly though I can vouch that 1990's Southern Spirit, which only has Doug Gray and Jerry Eubanks from the classic line-up, is a strong effort.

    The only later record I have is The Next Adventure, from 2007, which features Doug, erstwhile Outlaws, Chris Hicks and BB Borden, David Muse from Firefall and Clay Cook from the Zac Brown band amongst others. A lot of the songs have been brought in from outside sources but there are three credits for George McCorkle and one for Toy. Once you get used to Doug's voice being more of a rasp than a thing of beauty, it's actually a very good album. I believe that the ex Outlaws boys are still part of the band.

    Regardless, this is how I'd score the albums I own:

    5/5

    Debut
    A New Life
    Searchin' For A Rainbow
    Long Hard Road
    Carolina Dreams
    Running Like The Wind
    Dedicated

    4/5

    Where We All Belong
    Together Forever
    Tenth
    Southern Spirit
    The Next Adventure

    3/5

    Tuckerized
    Greeting From South Carolina
    Just Us




     
  8. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    I'll have to do some re-listening. Especially to Dedicated, The Next Adventure & Southern Spirit as you rate them further to the top than me.
    I think you've been over generous to Long Hard Ride.
    I also think that Greetings From South Carolina & Just Us are a lot better than 3/5.
    I will need to relisten to Tuckerized as 3/5 is less generous than I would give it.
     
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  9. Harp Of Glass

    Harp Of Glass Forum Resident

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    Tough question. They are one of my favorite bands. In addition to the two live releases mentioned in the first post I would recommend Carolina Dreams Tour 1977. The Englishtown, N.J. show from 9-3-77 (opening for the Grateful Dead) was also released. I haven't heard that official release because I have had an unofficial copy of it for years.
    Like others have said, you really can't go wrong with any of their first 7 albums with the original line up. For me it comes down to the specific songs I like the most so I usually rank them like this, although a couple of these are interchangeable sometimes:
    Long Hard Ride (I just love every song on it)
    A New Life
    Carolina Dreams
    Where We All Belong
    Searchin' For A Rainbow
    Together Forever
    The Marshall Tucker Band

    Don't get me wrong, their self titled debut is a strong record but it doesn't resonate with me much compared to their later work. It is the one album I play the least.

    I have 3 albums post Tommy's death and I would rank them (in reverse order of release date as it turns out):
    Dedicated
    Tenth
    Running Like The Wind

    There are some hidden gems on all three of these.
     
  10. Harp Of Glass

    Harp Of Glass Forum Resident

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    I just realized it's been just over 40 years ago that Tommy died as a result of injuries he sustained in an auto accident. He passed away on 4-28-1980.
     
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  11. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    A situation that unsettled the band & had a flow on affect with Toy Caldwell. Tommy was far more than just the bass player.

    When we come to these endless "underrated" threads Toy Caldwell springs to mind. A brilliant guitarist unheard or unknown to most. You could also add Doug Gray on that list as well.
     
  12. gkella

    gkella Let there be songs to fill the air

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    I love Marshall Tucker..
    My ranking...
    Searching For A Rainbow
    Where We All Belong
    Carolina Dreams
    Long Hard Ride
    They are the essentials..
    After that.....Rank as you please...
     
  13. MrSka57

    MrSka57 Forum Resident

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    'Searching For A Rainbow' blows all contemporary 'country' out of the water.
     
  14. Instant Karma

    Instant Karma Forum Resident

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    I've been a long time fan and have most everything by them through Dedicated. After that I thought the material was weak. I would agree with most of carlwm ratings above except I would move "Where We All Belong" and "Together Forever" up to 5/5 and "Running Like The Wind" and "Dedicated" to 4/5. The masterings that I have and like are the German Line Label for" Self Titled "through" Together Forever". These are not easy to find however, so you probably want to go with the original AJK cds here in the US over the remastered ones that came out later.
     
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  15. scotti

    scotti Forum Resident

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    "A New Life"...easily their best studio album to my ears. Have the original vinyl of it and it still sounds pretty good for a Capricorn release.
     
  16. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

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    Funny I've been a fan since I was 13 years old (a long time ago) but I haven't listened to all their studio albums. The first one is great. The live stuff on Where We All Belong is amazing and Together Forever is a personal favorite. There was a cool two disc comp called The Best Of The Capricorn Years but some of the songs were the single versions.
     
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  17. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

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    You may well be right about Greetings, Just Us and Tuckerized. They were three albums I bought with a glut of other things so I probably haven't given them enough time to unveil their charms. Probably still at that first impression stage, even though I've had them for a while.

    Dedicated and Long Hard Ride a real favourites though. Not a weak song between then, to my ears. As far as Southern Spirit and The Next Adventure go, I wasn't expecting much from them, given the creative heart of original line-up had gone but I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed them. The spirit was still there even though the personnel had changed. I like the songwriting too. Doug's voice was a bit of a shocker on the latter but he could still hold a tune in a Guy Clark meets Tom Waits sort of way and, in any event, he's helped out by Borden or Hicks taking lead on three of the tracks.

    If you do give them another listen, I'd be curious to know if they were better than you remember.

    I'm on the lookout for the rest of their catalogue but the don't seem to be easily available
     
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  18. QuestionMark?

    QuestionMark? 4TH N' GOAL Thread Starter

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    Thanks everyone for all the help!


    The Stompin' Room disc is the one the revived my interest in MTB. It jumped out of the speakers with great playin' and nice sound. The Live On Long Island was a little less lively and did not sound as good. I then played the live album from Where We All Belong and liked what I heard. 24 Hours At A Time seems to be taken from that album. I think 3 of the 4 tracks from that album are used on the Stompin' Room cd. Is the Stompin' Room cd the best live Marshall Tucker Band cd that exists or is there something as good out there? Is there a DVD of a live show that has some really good sound and video?

    Do the K-Tel CDs sound decent enough?
     
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  19. cwd

    cwd Forum Resident

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    Try their recent RSD New Year's New Orleans Live-very sweet. Also, in the last year or so, their debut was reissued, all analogue, on a RSD without being a RSD release-great sound.
     
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  20. Harp Of Glass

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    Stompin' Room is definitely up at the top as far as their live albums go. It's a compilation though, not a complete concert. The "Blue Ridge Mountain Sky" is the best live version I have heard.
    The Carolina Dreams Tour '77 release comes with a dvd of the concert.
    Live From The Garden State dvd from 1981 is really good although it was filmed after Tommy died. Still highly recommended though.
     
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  21. Harp Of Glass

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  22. lucan_g

    lucan_g Forum Resident

    MTB and Little Feat -- the great under-recognized 70's southern rock bands. Both are essential in my books.
     
  23. Jon1969

    Jon1969 Ozark Hillbilly

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    I own the entire catalog. This is one band I would start in chronological order. For everything up through Together Forever stick with AJK, here is what they look like if you want CD:

    All the AJK's look like this...as a note, all of the MTB I have are the first issues purchased as they came out.

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    For the next 4, Ramblin' Records:

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  24. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

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    Searchin' for a Rainbow
    Carolina Dreams
    Running Like the Wind
    The Marshall Tucker Band
    Greetings from South Carolina
    Where We All Belong
    A New Life
    Tuckerized
    Just Us
    Together Forever
    Long Hard Ride
    Dedicated
    Stompin' Room Only
     
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  25. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    I bought Just Us & Greeting From South Carolina when they were released @ 1983 which was during an era where there was a lot of music around that did not connect with me so both of these albums were a breath of fresh air for me. I also remember that both Dedicated & Tuckerised had both been a little disappointed (in relative terms only as MTB are one of my favourite all time bands) & these to me sounded like a return to form.

    I'll try & fit in a listen to Southern Spirit and The Next Adventure & give you my feedback.

    I managed to pick up the post Toy Caldwell albums second hand back in the early days of the net when Secondspin.com was just getting going (It didn't take them long to dominate the market & now they're gone)
     
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