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The Marshall Tucker Band

(Shout! Factory)

As a homeboy fan of The Tucker Boys, I have seen the collected “hits” packaged, repackaged, and repackaged again. Some were winners, some were just more rehashes. But now, well, now someone has done it right.

Celebrating the first 30 years, Anthology is a great 2-CD set. (with a photo filled booklet) starts off with the obvious vintage Tucker classics like “Take The Highway” and “Can’t You See,” and “Heard It In A Love Song,” while also including a well chosen set of lesser known Tucker tunes such as “Too Stubborn” (a Toy Caldwell tune once recorded by Kitty Wells), “Windy City Blues,” and some excellent choices from the band’s Warner Brothers years.There’s “Cattle Drive” still rocks - “Running Like The Wind,” and the haunting ode to Tommy Caldwell, “Ride In Peace.”

If that weren’t enough, we get choice cuts from the bands post - Toy Caldwell lineups- including the top 40 friendly “Stay In The Country,” “Face Down In The Blues,” and a red hot rocker from their latest effort, “Ride of Your Life.”

Great choices, great running order - This is the definitive Marshall Tucker Band snapshot, at least so far. Hey, these are just the first 30 years. There’s no telling what Doug Gray may come up with next. We’ll keep listening.

-Michael Buffalo Smith

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