The Charlie Daniels Band – Million Mile Reflections (1979)

FrontCover1.JPGMillion Mile Reflections is the 10th studio album by The Charlie Daniels Band, released on April 20, 1979. It is best known for the hit single “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. The title refers to the band having passed the million mile mark in its touring. The song Reflections is a tribute to Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, and Ronnie Van Zant. Daniels dedicated the album to Van Zant, who had died in October, 1977 in a plane crash.Million Mile Reflections is the 10th studio album by The Charlie Daniels Band, released on April 20, 1979. It is best known for the hit single “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. The title refers to the band having passed the million mile mark in its touring. The song Reflections is a tribute to Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, and Ronnie Van Zant. Daniels dedicated the album to Van Zant, who had died in October, 1977 in a plane crash. (by wikipedia)

If you are one of those people who only have Charlie Daniels Greatest Hits you are missing some of his best work. Albums like Million Mile Reflections and Fire on the Mountain are solid from beginning to end. When you get past the many hits you will find some good Jams. And “Jams”, is what they are. You can’t call it Country or Country Rock or Jazz, although atributes of those genres are mixed in, it’s just a jam. This album contains CDB’s biggest hit, Devil Went Down to Georgia which may have caused other tracks on this album to be passed over. Reflections is a haunting ballad worthy of more attention. Blue Star is an outstanding song. You owe it to yourself to check out these CDB albums from the 70’s and getting to know the classic talent that is Charlie Daniels Band. (Mr Peabody)

Don’t expect pure Country or pure Country-Rock: This one has a little bit of everything from touching ballads to Blues inspired to a romp into Jazz intrumental. And yes, it also has some Country/Country-Rock… You won’t be dissappoint!! (Mark T. Pollock)

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Personnel:
Tom Crain (guitar, vocals)
Charlie Daniels (guitar, fiddle, vocals)
“Taz” DiGregorio (keyboards, vocals)
Fred Edwards (drums, percussion)
Charles Hayward (bass)
James W. Marshall (drums, percussion)
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Terry Mead (trumpet on 07.)
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Lea Jane Singers (background vocals on 03. + 05.)

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Tracklist:
01. Passing Lane (Daniels/Crain/DiGregorio/Edwards/Hayward/Marshall) 3.18
02. Blue Star (Daniels/Crain/DiGregorio/Edwards/Hayward/Marshall) 3.40
03. Jitterbug (Daniels/Crain/DiGregorio/Edwards/Hayward/Murray) 3.12
04. Behind Your Eyes (Boylan) 3.56
05. Reflections (Daniels/Crain/DiGregorio/Edwards/Hayward/Marshall) 5.26
06. The Devil Went Down To Georgia (Daniels/Crain/DiGregorio/Edwards/ Hayward/Marshall) 3.37
07. Mississippi (Daniels) 3.11
08. Blind Man (Crain) 3.46
09. Rainbow Ride (Daniels/Crain/DiGregorio/Edwards/Hayward/Marshall) 7.24

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Charlie Daniels Band – Fire On The Mountain (1974)

FrontCover1.jpgFire on the Mountain is the fifth studio album by Charlie Daniels, released in 1974, appearing on the record label Kama Sutra Records, then later in 1976 by Epic Records. Most of the tracks on the album are studio recordings, while the last two songs are live performances, recorded at the War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee on October 4, 1974. Early pressings contained a three song, seven inch, 45 RPM disc. Side one contains Volunteer Jam Part (1) and side two contains Volunteer Jam contd. Part (2) and Volunteer Jam contd. Part (3). The catalogue number of this disc is KSBS-EP-10. (by wikipedia)

Four albums in, Charlie Daniels — now fronting the Charlie Daniels Band — finally found a way to not just synthesize his various influences, he found a way to streamline them and polish them, turning them into something proudly Southern and redneck yet commercial with Fire on the Mountain. This means that he’s toned down the wild, messy eclecticism that he displayed on his ignored debut in favor of a bluesy, jam-oriented country-rock owing a great deal to the Allman Brothers. The change is brought into sharp relief because he revives two of the best songs from Charlie Daniels — the rampaging rocker “Trudy” and the sweet ballad “Georgia,” both given more direct arrangements here; the originals were ragged and right, but these have more of a rock feel, even if they’re not as loose as those on the debut.

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And that pretty much sums up the difference with Fire on the Mountain — here, Charlie Daniels and his band have fused their Southern-fried country to a rollicking, jam-intensive blues-rock, where it plays like rock but feels like redneck country. It’s a rather brilliant move, because it’s every bit as jam-oriented as Capricorn bands like the Alllmans or the Marshall Tucker Band (the latter are thanked in the liner notes, while Dickey Betts of the former cameos on this record), but the CDB have yet to give themselves over to playing for the sake of playing (which they soon would with Saddle Tramp). Instead, they focus that energy into the songs, which are all top-notch, and the result is probably the best balance of songs and performances that the Charlie Daniels Band ever did. They would wander into longer jams and Daniels would become unapologetically redneck later, but here the mix is just right, which is why this is the quintessential Charlie Daniels Band album. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Gary Allen (drums, percussion)
Barry Barnes (guitar, vocals)
Charlie Daniels (guitar, vocals, slide-guitar, banjo, fiddle)
Joel “Taz” DiGregorio (keyboards, vocals)
Fred Edwards (drums)
Mark Fitzgerald (bass)
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Richard Dickey  Betts (dobro on 02.)
Jaimie Nichol (congas on 05., 07. + 08.)

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Tracklist:
01. Caballo Diablo (Daniels) 4.29
02. Long Haired Country Boy (Daniels) 4.04
03. Trudy (Daniels) 4.52
04. Georgia (Daniels) 3.07
05. Feeling Free (Barnes) 4.11
06. The South’s Gonna Do It (Daniels) 4.00
07. New York City, King Size Rosewood Bed (Daniels) 3.26
08. No Place To Go (Daniels) 11.24
09. Orange Blossom Special (Rouse) 3.01

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