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The Marshall Tucker Band - Live From the Garden State 1981

The Marshall Tucker Band  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ramblin Records
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00066VURU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Marshall Tucker Band celebrates the release of its first full-length concert on DVD with Live From The Garden State 1981 from their legendary 1981 MTV concert. MTB’s homemade blend of rock, country and jazz featured the band’s acclaimed songwriter and guitarist, Toy Caldwell. The band found enormous success during the 1970s, with most of their albums going gold. This DVD features the original lineup—with the exception of Tommy Caldwell, who died the year before—performing the best material from their classic period. It’s an essential release!

Program Listing

Take The Highway
Heard It In A Love Song
Tell The Blues To Take Off The Night
It Takes Time
Special Someone
Rumors Are Raging
Bob Away My Blues
Fire On The Mountain
Something’s Missing In My Life
The Time Has Come

Can’t You See

This Ol’ Cowboy

Searchin’ For A Rainbow

Blue Ridge Mountain Sky

Customer Reviews

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD May 12, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I attended this concert at the Garden State Art Center (now the PNC Bank Art Center), in Holmdel, New Jersey, back in August, 1981. And for most of the kids I went with it was our first concert.

The music:

What I always liked about the Marshall Tucker Band is that it set itself apart from other southern rockers with it's own unmistakable sound (flute and sax), and unique style that blended country and rock with jazz. Here the band performs their classics "Heard it in a Love Song", "Fire on the Mountain", "Can't You See", and "Searchin' for a Rainbow". You'll see from this concert that Southern rock fans reach pretty far north. And what made this concert particularly poignant was that it was at a pivotal time for the band. It took place only a year after the death of original member Tommy Caldwell.

DVD production:

The video and sound quality is surprising good for being shelved nearly 25 years. The direction and editing are also good compared to other concert videos I've seen even today. Here, you get to see faces clearly, close-up instrumental work, the audience, backstage, etc. The disk includes a film on the band's history, featuring comments by Charlie Daniels . . . worth the DVD alone.

It was fortunate MTV was around to capture MTB at a time when most concerts were not recorded. Now the video age brings it back again. If The Marshall Tucker Band recalls good times, you'd be glad to include this concert into your music DVD collection. For me, viewing this DVD was like replaying one of my best concert memories.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa, take me back in time December 13, 2004
By Jo King
I could only give this 4 stars due to the some of the sound quality. In a number of places Doug Gray's voice tends to fade. Not so much for his backing away from the mike, but some technical difficulties that rose it's ugly head occasionally. Don't get me wrong. Doug's voice is in fine form and it shines %99.9 in this concert. If your familiar with Marshall Tucker, you'll know they are not visually entertaining. I mean their music is what entertains the crowd. The band just plays it well. I've seen Marshall Tucker many times when they were climbing up to their zenith. And this concert is captures them perfectly. With as many times as I have seen them I never knew Toy played lead with his thumb, but then again I was never this close.

And as for the selection of songs, I couldn't be happier. I love the "Dedicated" Album. There is not one song on here I would have removed. While I have had the live version of "Ramblin" engrained in my brain, yea, I would have liked to see the bass solo here. Still no complaints.

Video wise... Hey, it's 1981. Were probably lucky they caught it on film. So it does have a somewhat dated look. Some of editing has a little to be desired. Some camera movement too, but these are real nitpicky arguements (Nothing like the horrid first Lynyrd Skynrd concert mess). The concert is focus's on the band, as it should and not a lot of audience images.

If your a Tucker fan, you most likely will enjoy the hell out of this concert. Pick it up, sit back and enjoy the
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless Documentation of the Original MTB ! December 14, 2004
By Skydog
I've often wondered what had happened to this film. I was fortunate enough to see it back when MTV aired it and it caught the true vitality and fire of Southern Rock at it's zenith. Nothing against the "present" version of MTB, but when the original members (minus Tommy Caldwell, God rest his soul) kicked it into high gear, there was not a band in the world who could touch them. With the later passing of guitarist Toy Caldwell, an era ended.

Get this DVD...throw it in the player...and maybe you'll understand why Southern Rock still lives today. You won't be sorry !!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! November 24, 2004
This is classic Tucker at it's best.If you are a Tucker fan

please buy this!!It will not dissappoint.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Cool 4 school March 21, 2005
I just purchased the Live from the Garden State disc, and let me tell you. I am so glad I didn't listen to the memphis guy saying that it was of poor quality. The sound is excellent (barring a few mistakes by the guy at the board with Doug's mike)and the Video is really good. Now granted it was shot on Video so it's not going to look as pristine as "the Last Waltz", but I had no problem with how it looked what so ever. I totally dug hearing songs performed Live that I haven't seen them perform ("rumors are raging"). I had to just laugh, kind of like in Lynard Skynard's triumphant movie "Freebird", there are Rebel Flags being waved. I mean they are in Jersey!! Still an uber-cool movie for all Tucker fans. Now if I can just find "Long Hard Ride" on video too!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Of Live MTB December 6, 2006
LIVE FROM THE GARDEN STATE, 1981 is a wonderful DVD of the Marshall Tucker

Band's first big tour without bassist Tommy Caldwell, who had died in a car accident the year before. Despite his absence, Franklin Wilkie does an exceptional job filling his space, and the rest of the band is in top form. There are so many good songs that I can't pick out highlights. This DVD is essential for any rock & roll fan.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show October 31, 2004
By Jim M
I was in the front row for this show and I bugged the people at MTV for years to get a copy of it. One of the best southern rock shows you'll ever see by one of the best southern rock bands ever!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE DVD
Audio (Dolby 5.1 surround sound) is superb with great dynamic range, crisp highs and deep, non-muddy bass. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucked
I'm really disappointed, this dvd is so boring I threw it away. It just didn't hit the right note with me (pun intended). Song renditions sounded different than on the cd's. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mike pollard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great DVD. Excellent service. Good experience with amazon. Would recommend this DVD to other MTB fans. It is worth the price. Which is a good price
Published 7 months ago by mary ann hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Not real good audio.
Sounded like it was recorded by an amateur with cheap equipment. Good collection of music overall. Great Southern rock music.
Published 9 months ago by Keith Kinderman
4.0 out of 5 stars So glad I found this.
Was kinda bummed to discover that I can't find a really great Tucker bootleg I had with about as perfect a setlist as can be. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Perry Forman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best available of the legendary band
Unfortunately Tommy Cauldwell had died a year before this concert but this dvd captures the essence of all the talent of Marshal Tucker. Read more
Published 9 months ago by tomrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is one of my favorite music dvds. Great playlist, great sound, and great video. Worth every penny I spent on it. Also hard to find.
Published 13 months ago by bluhorse
4.0 out of 5 stars Marshall Tucker 1981
They wrote some great songs that you can hear on the radio everyday. Wish I had the opportunity to see them live!
Published 14 months ago by BUDDYEXCELLENT
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
i was really pleased with this dvd for as old as it is i thought there would be alot more flaws Thanks and i will definitely be ordering alot more good ol' southern rock cos' like... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ernie Yeagley
5.0 out of 5 stars unappreciated southern rock
Consisting of some players who loved country enough to serve in the military and Vietnam, MTB played melodic southern rock. Read more
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