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Can't you see? It's the first collection to pull together all the highlights from this seminal Southern rock band, with notes, a 24-page booklet and a CD-ROM video clip of a 1981 live performance of Fire on the Mountain as a bonus! Includes Take the Highway; Can't You See; Heard It in a Love Song; Searchin' for a Rainbow; Fire on the Mountain; Last of the Singing Cowboys; Long Hard Ride; Ride in Peace; Running Like the Wind , and more. 32 tracks!


There have been plenty of attempts to anthologize this venerable Southern band's extensive catalog, but this is the first one to get it right. Spreading 32 tracks from just over 30 years of albums across two discs, the immaculately sequenced compilation plays like a well-conceived piece. From the flute-dominated "Take the Highway," the opening cut of their 1973 debut, the Marshall Tucker Band avoided the typical Southern-boogie-rockin'-guitar path later epitomized by their more rowdy brethren the Outlaws, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Molly Hatchet. Rather, Tucker presented a more laid-back, country-based approach, highlighted by the jazzy playing of woodwind player Jerry Eubanks and drummer Paul Riddle.

Although the Capricorn/Warner Bros. decade that ended in 1983 accounts for the bulk of these selections, the last half of the second disc presents a revamped lineup led by sole original member/lead singer Doug Gray, continuing the musical legacy with remarkably engaging results. The 24-page booklet featuring a detailed history, a live CD-ROM track, and crisply remastered sound further enhance the experience that finally bestows upon this underrated band the comprehensive, classy, and long-overdue retrospective it deserves. --Hal Horowitz

Disc: 1
1. Take The Highway
2. Can’t You See
3. 24 Hours At A Time
4. Fire On The Mountain
5. Too Stubborn
6. A New Life
7. Long Hard Ride
8. Everybody Needs Somebody
9. In My Own Way
10. Where A Country Boy Belongs
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Disc: 2
1. Running Like The Wind
2. Cattle Drive
3. Last Of The Singing Cowboys
4. Foolish Dreaming
5. Ride In Peace
6. Silverado
7. Good Ole Hurtin’ Song
8. Anyway The Wind Blows Rider
9. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
10. Stay In The Country
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Ramblin Records
  • ASIN: B000771T2E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Richard Thompson on March 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am not a long-time fan of Marshall Tucker. I have never owned any of their previous albums. I only knew a few of their songs from listening to classic rock stations, such as "Can't You See", "Fire on the Mountain" and "I Heard it In a Love Song". I always wanted to buy their standard Greatest Hits album, but just never did. Lately I have been replacing aged, early release compact discs with newly "remastered" versions, which usually sound far superiour and contain bonus material. When I found out the Marshall Tucker Band's cataloge was being remastered, I knew a two-disc set would be forthcoming (just like the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, etc.) It was worth the wait. I played the set while comuting to work the week I bought it. I really liked disc one. Lots of good songs that I have just discovered. I like long, progressive-type, "jamming" tunes. Marshall Tucker's got a few of them in here. The set does contain a little too much "country" for my tastes, but that's who they were: a "Country-Rock" band. Recommended for the casual fan or long-time listener, unless of course you want to go out and buy all their albums separetely. To answer another reviewer's question, there are no live tracks except for the bonus video of "Fire on the Mountain" playable on one's computer. I also think all the tracks are full-length, "album" cuts, no singles here. The Sound quality is excellent! Also includes a 22-page booklet of the Band's history, discography, and a family tree of musicians who have played in Marshall Tucker over the years.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By James Cantrell on August 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Marshall Tucker Band is perfect for a 2 disc career overview because save for the band's first two releases, its albums have been spotty, one or two very good songs with one or two toss-aways and three or four decent songs. It would seem that those in charge of such an anthology would have an easy time selecting the right songs, because at least half of the selections should be made without any question, and another quarter of the selections made with only the slightest hesitation.

Leaving 'This Ole Cowboy' off a Marshall Tucker Band anthology is like leaving 'Saturday Night Special' or 'That Smell' off a Lynyrd Skynyrd anthology. It is not the band's biggest 'hit,' but it certainly is among the handful of the band's greatest performances.

Nor is 'This Ole Cowboy' the only grating omission. 'Hillbilly Band' from the self-titled debut and 'Blue Ridge Mountain Sky' from the second album A New Life definitely belong. Another 4 or 5 songs from the early years probably belong on any MTB anthology.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anthony S. Prowse on April 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
At the risk of offending all you Southern Rock fans out there, MTB was, in my opinion, the BEST Country Rock band of the era. Their first three albums (Self-titled, A New Life and Where We All Belong) are the Holy Trinity of Southern Rock. If you want the best of MTB you can't go past these 3 albums then you can dip your toes into their other Capricorn albums at your leisure. The Capricorn albums are their best, especially those recorded before the death of co-founder and criminally under-rated bass player, Tommy Caldwell. The band blended elements of country, jazz and blues into their superb material, written in the main by Toy Caldwell, guitarist extrordinaire. Their biggest hit, "Heard It In A Love Song", is not one of their stongest numbers but it allowed them to keep on going for which we all must be grateful. This Anthology album is a fair representation of their work over a very long period of time and is the album to get if you wish to own just one album. It misses many of their better songs but has to include some of their longer jam tracks which cuts down the number of tunes one can squeeze onto a double CD. There are, in fact, quite a few glaring omissions. Their "Capricorn Years" Anthology is probably a better buy but it is currently out of print and even it has its faults; too many single/edited versions. This all means that there is still not a definitive MTB Anthology album out there. The perfect Anthology/Box Set would include most of their first 3 albums, a heaping of their best from the rest of the Capricorn material and a sampling of their later material. All this should be Remastered. Include a comprehensive booklet with all the original album artwork (superb) and a concert DVD which shows Toy Caldwell playing up a storm. This would be about a 4 disc set at less than $50 and would be a fitting tribute to one of the greatest bands of the last 30 years.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Utah on March 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a CD that a Marshall Tucker fan should buy for himself (herself? not too many)...and then buy another for a friend who is a fan too. Like most Tucker fans, I first listened to them on vinyl in the late 1970s. I was lucky enough to catch them perform at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia back in the early 1980s. That concert will forever rank among the top two or three concerts I have seen. The energy, cripsness, 20 minute jams, and unique sound were unforgettable. Marshall Tucker, along with the Allman Brothers and Outlaws, made up a hefty part of the soundtrack of my "formative" years. Their 1970s Greatest Hits album went out of print in recent years, so old and new fans were left to pay a king's ransom for used versions of the CD or search in vain for a suitable import compilation. (I bought a European version online and learned after-the-fact that it did not contain "24 Hours at a Time.")

Now, Tucker fans have a compilation that does credit to the band so many Americans embraced. "Anthology" contains most of the band's best material (tracks recorded prior to Tommy Caldwell's death and Toy Caldwell's departure from the band), some decent post-Caldwell tracks, tracks from the under-appreciated "Tenth" album (Cattle Drive), and a video version of "Fire on the Mountain." So, do not settle for paying $50 for a used-version of the 1989 Greatest Hits. Buy "Anthology" instead, put disk 1 in your (preferably American) car's cd player, get onto the nearest highway, go immediately to track 3, crank the volume, and... live.
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