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Unfortunately, whoever "remastered" this is NOT a fan!
FIVE songs have been massacred- they have been edited, shortened, solos have been completely removed, etc. It absolutely disgusts me.
The songs that have been butchered are: Can't You See, Heard It In A Love Song, Searchin For A Rainbow, This Ol Cowboy, and Long Hard Ride.
I'd recommend you not buy this on principle. But I'm not sure who if anyone WOULD want this- no fan would want it, no potential fan would want it.
Fortunately, if you are looking for mp3 versions, all of the originals except "This Ol Cowboy" are available on Amazon. The original of "This Ol Cowboy" is available on iTunes however.
However, "FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN" (my other favorite) seems to be the original long play album version. I found it very strange that they decided to include the shorter play "single versions" of their two biggest hits, but yet included 7 minute versions of lesser known songs. What the heck is up with that?
Other than that this CD was a bargain for $7 at Wal-mart.
UPDATE (later, same day): Here's how I fixed the cd - It's a bit of effort, but maybe worth it for some of you. 1. I downloaded Audacity, watched a couple of tutorials, and then opened each tune and used the Low Pass Filter. I set that filter for 6db of attenuation and the frequency for 2000 hertz. After saving each song with a slightly different name, 2. I opened Media Monkey and had it search for new music (which I had in a new folder I created). After selecting each song, I had MM burn a new CD with the volume leveling set to 92db. The result is a CD that sounds pretty darn normal. It was worth it for me anyway.
10/25 - I ran the low pass filter again setting the frequency at Audacity's default 1000 hertz - even better results.
I suggest fans who are looking for a MTB remastered compilation to pick up 'Anthology: The First 30 Years'. One major draw back to this compilation though is that it is missing 'This Ol' Cowboy'. Which in my opinion is quite baffling to say the least. This is why I always prefer the collect the original releases. MTB released them back in 2004. If your budget allows it, it is by far the way to go.
This album is a great compilation of their best songs for the casual listener. For anyone who wishes to hear all the band's signature songs, this makes a great introduction to the Marshall Tucker Band and their iconic sound. This album is great for someone who wants to listen to the more familiar versions of their best hits. Therefore I give it a four star rating. Whether I am listening to the shorter single version of their best songs, they still sound great.
However if one is a true lover of the Marshall Tucker Band, a much better collection (missing "This Old Cowboy") is a two CD anthology that includes the longer album versions of their greatest songs as well as some album gems spanning their entire career. However that anthology requires more than two hours to listen, making it difficult to do in one sitting or a short trip in your car player.
If you like to listen to music in your car and like the Marshall Tucker Band; this album is great for short trips around the city or a short drive. But if you are on a long road trip and have the time in your car, then the two CD anthology is better. I have them both and love both of them.
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All studio but great classic Tucker tunes, with highly diverse musical solos accompanying their memorable lyrics. All of a sudden, you roll back a few decades!Published 1 month ago by Nicholas P. Heymann
This is a well made product to enjoy. I shop all the time an I read all the fine print that I can. I buy on Amazon in good faith folks. SWPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Great band and their best songs. What else is there to say.Published 3 months ago by Someone Mysterious
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