The Marshall Tucker Band is an American rock band from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Noted for incorporating blues, country, and jazz into an eclectic sound, the Marshall Tucker Band helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s. While the band had reached the height of its commercial success by the end of the decade, it has recorded and performed continuously under various line-ups for 50 years. Lead vocalist Doug Gray remains the only original member still active with the band.
The original line-up of the Marshall Tucker Band, formed in 1972, included lead guitarist, steel guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter Toy Caldwell (1947–1993), lead vocalist Doug Gray (born 1948), keyboard player, saxophone player, and flautist Jerry Eubanks (born 1950), rhythm guitarist George McCorkle (1946–2007), drummer Paul Riddle (born 1953), and bassist Tommy Caldwell (1949–1980). They signed with Capricorn Records and released their first album in 1973, The Marshall Tucker Band.
After Tommy Caldwell was killed in a car accident in 1980, he was replaced by bassist Franklin Wilkie. Most of the original band members had left by the mid-1980s. The band’s current line-up consists of Gray on vocals; keyboard player, saxophonist and flautist Marcus James Henderson; guitarists Chris Hicks and Rick Willis, bassist Tony Black, and drummer B.B. Borden.
Together Forever was the Marshall Tucker Band’s seventh studio album. It was produced by Stewart Levine, founder of CHISA records. This was the band’s last album produced for Capricorn Records. The name of the album reflects the Platonic love of the members towards one another.
The band’s follow-up album, their eighth and final album on the Capricorn label, would be a compilation album entitled Greatest Hits. (wikipedia)
Together Forever boasts a more mainstream rock approach than any of its predecessors, halfway between the country-tinged Long Hard Ride and the pop-oriented Carolina Dreams. Although the band sounds good, the songs don’t match the strength of their performances. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)
This is an overlooked gem in the catalog. Of course the first 4 albums are a must, but this one has plenty to offer. Lets not forget that The Marshall Tucker Band was one of the early jam bands who came out of the southern scene. This album really showcases the impeccable and adventurous musical chops that defined the best of Southern Rock. I’ll be Loving You opens the album and its a doozy. The guitar playing of Toy Caldwell is nothing less than superb, and this song absolutely smokes and cooks. Doug Grays voice soars majestically above it all.
Love is a Mystery has a beautiful melody and features the usual brilliant horn arrangements of Jerry Eubanks; a trademark The MTB is known for. Once again, the intoxicating combination of Grays vocals and Caldwell’s screaming thumb-picked leads take the listener to a magical place where all is right in the universe. The second side of the album features another smoking track called Change is Gonna Come, which really combines all the elements of the band into one monster, mother of a song which should be played loudly, in the true spirit of Southern Rock. By all means give this album a serious listen, you won’t be disappointed. (Kevin Smith)
Tommy Caldwell (bass, background vocals)
Toy Caldwell (guitar, pedal steel.guitar, voals on 03. + 07.)
Jerry Eubanks (flute, saxophone, background vocals)
Doug Gray (vocals, percussion)
George McCorkle (guitar, banjo)
Paul Riddle (drums)
01. I’ll Be Loving You (Toy Caldwell) 5.30
02. Love Is A Mystery (Toy Caldwell) 7.11
03. Singing Rhymes (Toy Caldwell) 3.15
04. Dream Lover (Eubanks/McCorkle) 4.38
05. Everybody Needs Somebody (Gray/Eubanks/McCorkle) 4.42
06. Change Is Gonna Come (Tommy Caldwell) 6.25
07. Asking Too Much Of You (Toy Caldwell) 6.29
08. Bound and Determined (recorded live November 2, 1975 Armadillo World HQ – Austin TX) (Toy Caldwell) 5.13
More from the Marshall Tucker Band:
(November 9, 1949 – April 28, 1980)
(November 13, 1947 – February 25, 1993)
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