The Charlie Daniels Band: Volunteer Jam
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Charlie Daniels Band in Tennessee in a tradition that goes back
over 30 years. This film features the classic CDB line-up
performing at the height of their powers in 1975 and focuses
primarily on material from their two quintessential albums Fire
On The Mountain (1974) and Nightrider (1975), which gave
them their breakthrough hit Texas . The concert also features
guest appearances Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell of the
Allman Brothers Band, Jimmy Hall from Wet Willie, Dru Lombar
from Grinderswitch and the entire Marshall Tucker Band.
Top Customer Reviews
The list of songs shows how this band and so many others of that time wrote and recorded songs that included long and elaborate "jams" that made the songs last several minutes longer than your usual 3 to 4 minute pop radio hit. That's why this group and so many others didn't have many songs on the radio, but people still bought and enjoyed the heck out of their records. Funny how the CDB is still around, while the acts who had hits in the Top 40 at that time are largely forgotten.
Extended songs like "Birmingham Blues" and "No Place Left to Go" show that song style perfectly, mixing rock, country, blues and jazz all together in one song. Special guests from The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickie Betts from The Allman Brothers Band, and others make this concert even more special.
It's a can't miss purchase if you like mid-70s Southern Rock. If you don't, give this one a try. You just might change your tune.
I knew this DVD was going to be good, but I had no idea it was going to be as good as it is. This is top quality rock and roll played by talented and disciplined musicians. As much as I love Zeppelin, this movie really outshines "The Song Remains the Same" by a longshot. You can tell there was a lot of magic in the air that night. The musicians are really in their element, and the songs are great.
This DVD proves that CDB isn't just a southern rebel rock gimmick, this is a fine tuned, talented, disciplined, passionate band making a serious statement with their musical abilities.
If you have the inkling that you might like this DVD, because you like southern rock, classic rock, great live shows, or whatever, chances are you're going to love this.
Having also attended the World Premiere, with Charlie, Toy, and the rest of the boys, I really waited a long time for this to come out on home video.
This vid was a great representation of the band back then.
These days Charlie Daniels is more known for his right wing jingoistic stuff and like Ted Nugent only secondarily as a musician.
This performance sort of takes me back and reminds me of the "Long Haired Country Boy" and what great instrumentalists he and his whole band was sort of before he kind of became the people he parodied in "Uneasy Rider"
On the long jams forgot how much his sound recalls the Allmans and I think this really shows a person who may only know the "Country" Charlie Daniels what an amazing instrumental group CDB was. His guitar and bass players especially shine and the camera really catches the interaction of the musicians.
Thanks for the memories!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't know Charlie Daniels could rock like this. Most of Marshall Tucker is here as well. Seems like it was transferred from VHS though. Would be nice to see this remastered.Published 11 months ago by Yarg
CDB was at their peak. Seeing Toy Caldwell and the boys is a treat in itself. Great show, Great music.Published 18 months ago by Frank McCarthy
A great taste of the Ole Vol Jam!!!! Thanks CD, Tommy Crain, MTB, & the Warm-Up Band, "BUCKEYE!!!"Published 18 months ago by Buckshot Jones
Hot double lead southern rock at the CDB's peak. Also a couple tunes by Marshall Tucker in 1975!Published 19 months ago by John Crandell
I remember what was happening in my life while listening to the music and the DVD of the Jam was super great and if you like country/rock you will not be disappointed!Published 19 months ago by Mark F.
Video is mediocre but what can I say. The sound is awesome and CDB is Aces.Published 19 months ago by drumbum