Marshall Tucker Band “Where We All Belong”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#211 in the Series) is Marshall Tucker Band, Where We All Belong.

I’ve been thinking about featuring Marshall Tucker for a little while now.  Today I started listening to some of their old music and I learned something.  I’d forgotten how good these guys really are.  I liked but didn’t love most of their biggest hits. (There’s an upset, huh) Some of the songs on this album however are simply outstanding.  Not to mention that they were a little different than your typical 70s southern rock or country rock act.  They had just a little bit of jazz in their stretched out tunes which also included a reed player. Give a listen especially to two songs that I have ‘videoed’ below, ‘This Ol’ Cowboy’ and ‘Take the Highway.’

Marshall Tucker was led by Toy Caldwell on lead guitar. He was the band’s main songwriter as well.  Toy left us in 1993 but that band rolls on.  See the links below for their official website and also for their current tour schedule.

Where We All Belong was a double album. The first two sides were recorded in the studio while sides three and four were live.

I’ve included some live videos from that era. They’re not the best of quality but I wanted something from when this album was current.

I then  include some of the studio versions as well.  So you could have a representation with proper quality.

Personnel

  • Toy Caldwell – Electric and acoustic guitars, steel guitar and lead vocal on “This Ol’ Cowboy”
  • Tommy Caldwell – Bass guitar and background vocals
  • George McCorkle – Electric and acoustic guitars, banjo
  • Jerry Eubanks – Flute, alto, baritone and tenor saxophone, background vocals
  • Doug Gray – Lead vocals and percussion
  • Paul Riddle –  drums

Track listing

Side One
  1. “This Ol’ Cowboy” (Toy Caldwell) – 6:42
  2. “Low Down Ways” (Toy Caldwell) – 2:57
  3. “In My Own Way” (Toy Caldwell) – 7:17
Side Two
  1. “How Can I Slow Down” (Toy Caldwell) – 3:19
  2. “Where A Country Boy Belongs” (Toy Caldwell) – 4:32
  3. “Now She’s Gone” (Toy Caldwell & Tommy Caldwell) – 4:20
  4. “Try One More Time” (Toy Caldwell) – 4:46

Track listing, (live)

Side Three
  1. “Ramblin'” (Toy Caldwell) – 6:13
  2. “24 Hours At A Time” (Toy Caldwell) – 13:57
Side Four
  1. “Everyday (I Have The Blues)” (Peter Chapman) – 11:48
  2. “Take The Highway” (Toy Caldwell) – 7:26
  3. “See You Later, I’m Gone” (Toy Caldwell) – 3:13

Marshall Tucker, Where We All Belong peaked at #54 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.

‘This ol’ Cowboy’ peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hop 100 singles chart.

Links


LIVE VIDEOS

STUDIO VERSIONS

Posted by Larry Carta

7 Comments

  1. steve allen (04 Dec 2010, 1:06)
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    love this band… always have..

  2. Steve Sciortino (12 Dec 2010, 16:46)
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    One many great albums of The Marshall Tucker Band! I was fortunate enough to hang out with Doug Gray & Cassidy Caldwell (Toys’ daughter! I told her they is one hell of a band up there.Like Lynyrd Skynyrd,Molly Hatchet,Allman Brothers though all have had to many tragedies,they rock on!

  3. bluegrass tabs (29 Dec 2010, 11:35)
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    I have been visiting this site a lot lately, so i figured it is a good idea to show my appreciation with a comment. Thanks!

  4. Scooge (30 Dec 2010, 14:12)
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    A great overlooked album that you might consider making note of is “The Baby Huey Story-The Living Legend.” This album was an awesome soul, rock, funk stew from the early 70s produced by Curtis Mayfield. You should check it out

  5. cynthia whiteside (24 Feb 2011, 16:13)
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    my hubby Sam recorded y’all in the seventies~well da you all know that~1~he brought it home with him and I listened over and over while he perfected his mix! it was his fav gold record, he lost it in storage paid late~I LOVE Y’ALL!!!!!!!!!!

  6. AMY SPIRES (12 Apr 2011, 6:52)
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    YAHOOO!!! I LOVE THIS PAGE!!! This is a wonderful blast back to my childhood and my late father. He raised me on the Tucker Tunes and my 14 year old daughter is third generation Tucker fan. Keep on rockin.

  7. Greg Levieux (05 May 2011, 15:50)
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    Just love this album. Such a contrast between the studio and live albums. Both magic. I have two vinyl double albums – just in case i wear the grooves out on one – MTB at the top of there game.



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