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Marshall Tucker Band
"Carolina Dreams"

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track listing
  • Fly Like An Eagle
  • Heard It
    In A Love Song
  • I Should Have Never
    Started Lovin' You
  • Life In A Song
  • Desert Skies
  • Never Trust A Stranger
  • Tell It To The Devil

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    "Carolina Dreams"

    Back in the late 1970s, Southern Rock was one of my favorite sources of music listened to on a regular basis. Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers Band were at the tops of my lists, and discovering other great Southern bands would soon follow. One of those was The Marshall Tucker Band, most famous for hits such as "Can't You See" and "Heard It In A Love Song." This week, Marshall Tucker's 1977 release, Carolina Dreams, features "Heard It In A Love Song," and is a fine album for the Southern Rock and Country fans alike.

    "Fly Like An Eagle" (not the same song as by The Steve Miller Band), starts out the album and is a great Southern tune with a Southern-Rock-meets-Country style, likewise the album's most famous hit, "Heard It In A Love Song." "I Should Have Never Started Lovin' You" is more slow-paced, and easily has the Southern/Country feeling.

    What makes "Life In A Song" very interesting, is the use of jazz-influenced horns, as heard in the early years of Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. They're heard at the beginning of the song, and scattered throughout. The song as a whole has a more Southern Rock than Country sound, yet the horns are the standout for this song.

    "Desert Skies" has a cool boogie-woogie blues feel, and can be considered a "lost" album track. This song could get some positive feedback for listeners of Southern/Country/Blues fans. It also features some awesome horn arrangements and violin solos (Charlie Daniels). This one is worth listening to.

    Returning back to Southern Rock roots, "Never Trust A Stranger" features great flute arrangements. Country Rock best defines the album's closing tune, "Tell It To The Devil."

    Southern Rock meets Country is best to describe Carolina Dreams. The style of Southern Rock is here, yet it has a more Country flavor, where you can easily sit back and enjoy this sound. The Marshall Tucker Band has always been one of my favorite bands growing up, and these days, MTB is still around, despite the band's prominent brothers, Toy and Tommy Caldwell have passed away within the last two decades. (Tommy passed away in 1980, from results of a car accident [30 years old]; Toy passed away in 1994 in his sleep [46 years old].) With the deaths of prominent musicians from their bands, The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, all three bands have reformed, and still continue to record and tour today. Southern Rock may have had its heyday in the 1970s, it is still one of the best sources of music today. Discover or rediscover The Marshall Tucker Band's journey of music -- it's worth the trip.

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