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Wes MontgomeryMarshll Tucker Live: Stompin' Room Only

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The best of the Outlaws: Green Grass and High TidesMark O'Connor - In Full Swing

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Musical Profile Index

Welcome to our summary page of musical artists that we profile. This is our high level snapshot. Many of the bands mentioned on the page we have more detailed profiles, which include topics ranging from reviews, commentary, discography, cd recommendations, photos, and related subjects. 

We're always adding new recommendations so stop back frequently.

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Marshall Tucker

Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush

Jesse McReynolds 

Van Morrison

Mark O'Connor

Jamie Oldaker 

Willie Nelson

New Riders of the Purple Sage

The Outlaws

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Wes Montgomery
Jazz: Guitar and Piano

Steve Morse
Southern Rock - Dixie Dregs

Deep Purple w/ Steve Morse

Oscar Moore
Jazz: Guitar and Piano

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Marshall Tucker

Marshall Tucker is one of the kings of Southern Rock. I was fortunate to see them twice during their peak years. The first concert was so good I couldn't resist seeing them on subsequent visits to town. 

Beginning in November 2003, and continuing, Marshall Tucker have been reissuing their catalog with bonus tracks added on, usually live performances of varying quality.  

Marshall Tucker

The Essential The Marshall Tucker Band Anthology: The First 30 Years

Slowly I've been adding to my Marshall Tucker Band collection. Some of their live releases are of average and even poor sonics, too bad. Stompin' Room Only is tops in the live arena.

Marshall Tuckers compilations are plentiful. Two double disc offerings are displayed. The Essential The Marshall Tucker Band focuses on their 1970's period and a third disc is included of five live performances from a concert at Winterland, taped in September 1973. Besides the extra disc, a number of the other songs from the main discs are live rather than studio versions, unfortunately.

Meanwhile, Anthology: The First 30 Years takes a more comprehensive look covering 18 albums, mostly studio recordings. The liner notes, written by Barry Alfonso, are a nice accompaniment. This partners nicely with Stompin' Room Only. Too, While I'm more familiar with their 1970 material, I did enjoy much of the latter material.

Marshall Tucker theme releases

Where A Country Boy Belongs  Love Songs
There have been a few niche Marshall Tucker releases. I've linked a few of the newer ones that use the remastered tracks. I have Where A Country Boy Belongs and enjoy it and it has some excellent songs I'd otherwise not have. Though, I'd prefer more of a chronological sequence.  

Some additional Tucker resources.
Marshall Tucker discography
Our Southern rock page
Toy Caldwell Tribute page 

Our top recommendations for Marshall Tucker are:

1. Stompin' Room Only
2. The Marshall Tucker Band Collectors Edition - 3 discs at a good package price, but the individual disc liner notes aren't included. It does have a small booklet. 
(The self-titled debut from 1973, Searchin' For A Rainbow from 1975, 
Carolina Dreams from 1977  or their first studio album
3. Where We All Belong - Five live songs
Stompin' Room Only The Marshall Tucker Band Collectors Edition - 3 discs Where We All Belong
The Marshall Tucker Band Collectors Edition individual releases
The Marshall Tucker Band Searchin' For A Rainbow Carolina Dreams
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Frank Marino  

Dragonfly Child of the Novelty / Maxoom / Strange Universe 
3 Pack 

Frank Marino is an under mentioned guitar star that started his career in the 1970's. He's a guru of the blues rock and plays Hendrix material superbly. I'm most familiar with his live albums so we've spotlighted those as well as his greatest hits release. 

The release Double Live is really a single disc, in the LP days when it was released it was a two disc set. The remastering makes this a solid place to start.

Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush Live Double Live Real Live!
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Jesse McReynolds 

Jesse McReynolds & Friends - Songs Of The Grateful Dead Bending the Rules

01 |Black Muddy River
02 |Ripple
03 |The Wheel
04 |Bird Song
05 |Franklin's Tower
06 |Standing on the Moon
07 |Loser
08 |Fire on the Mountain
09 |Stella Blue
10 |Deep Elem Blues
11 |Deal
12 |Alabama Getaway
13 |Day by Day

A package arrived from Woodstock Records, I wasn't sure what it was. Looking for a surprise element, I placed it in the CD player without looking looking at the package to see the contents. The opening notes sure sound familiar, an acoustic melodic rendition of a Grateful Dead song "Black Muddy River." Sounds pretty good. My guess is that it's a tribute release of various artists. Following is "Ripple." It's given superb treatment and I'm thinking this sounds a bit like the David Nelson. 

So who is playing this music? It is Jesse McReynolds & Friends with David Nelson & Stu Allen. Jesse McReynolds is considered a country music legend, mandolin innovator, and a Grand Ole Opry member for more than 45 years; Garcia was a fan of Jesse's music. There are lots of other musicians helping out. A fair amount of fiddle highlights throughout. Meanwhile, "Deep Elem Blues" has some great piano and Sandy Rothman adds banjo. Speaking of Rothman, he produced the album and was the inspiration for Jesse to record an album of Garcia's songs. 

While playing the CD, these interpretations are not attempting to mimic Jerry's versions. The approach is mellower, especially with the vocals. Take "Standing on the Moon"; Jerry would be reaching, adding dynamics, instead McReynolds takes a soft, kind, and gentle delivery. That is a common theme. Since the music is acoustically natured (there are electric instruments) a few songs were surprising selection. I wasn't expecting songs like "Fire on the Mountain" or "Alabama Getaway." The former works surprisingly well. 

I found this to be a nice listen. 

The liner notes have a note from Jesse and an essay by Sandy Rothman (Check out Sandy's Jerry's Banjo Years article. 
Barry SmallŠ

Product Description:
Recorded by one of our greatest music legends, American treasure, mandolin innovator and stylist Jesse McReynolds. Known for his singing, arranging, songwriting, musical wizardry and recognized for his musical virtuosity, Jesse is a 45 yr veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, multiple Grammy nominee and winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. Songs of the Grateful Dead, performed with his friends, David Nelson (New Riders Of The Purple Sage) and Stu Allen, is Jesse's take on 12 of the finest Grateful Dead Songs ever written by Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia plus a new original song penned by Jesse & Grateful Dead Songwriter, Robert Hunter.

Includes bonus track, 'Day By Day,' a new original song penned by Jesse & Grateful Dead Songwriter Robert Hunter.

"Jesse's singing voice is like a long-lost brother voice between Jerry Garcia and David Nelson. Everyone who knows their work and is fortunate enough to hear this record will know what I mean. What a trio you'd all have made! The singing is steady and strong. Jerry would approve, I'm certain." - Robert Hunter. 

From the Grateful Dead website - by Blair Jackson

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Blues music Stevie Ray Vaughan style!

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Van Morrison

Still on Top: The Greatest Hits  Live at Montreux 1980 and 1974 
Van Morrison is an artist I wish I could spend more time to expand upon. Nevertheless, I posted the key albums below. 
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Live at Montreux 1980 and 1974 
Product Description
Van Morrison's long and illustrious career has included many appearances at the Montreux Festival. This two DVD set focuses on two performances that have been chosen by Van to create his first ever DVD release. Dating from 1974 and 1980 they illustrate the evolution of his songwriting over this period and include many of his best loved tracks including "Wavelength", "Moondance", "Street Choir" and "Tupelo Honey" alongside other classics. 

Track listing:
Disc One - July 10, 1980
1. Wavelength 2. Kingdom Hall 3. It Stoned Me 4. Troubadours 5. Spirit 6. Joyous Sound 7. Satisfied 8. Ballerina 9. Summertime in England 10. Moondance 11. Haunts of Ancient Peace 12. Wild Night 13. Listen to the Lion 14. Tupelo Honey 15. Angeliou 

Disc Two - June 30, 1974
1. (It's Not The) Twilight Zone 2. I Like It Like That 3. Foggy Mountain Top 4. Bulbs 5. Boffyflow & Spike 6. Heathrow Shuffle 7. Naked in the Jungle 8. Street Choir 9. Harmonica Boogie 10. Since I Fell For You 

The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3 

The new 2-CD collection, compiled by Morrison himself, offers a comprehensive overview of his later material. The set's 31 tracks include previously unreleased collaborations with Tom Jones and Bobby Bland, as well as duets with John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Ray 

Below are some of the better Van Morrison releases. to consider. There are lots of live releases to sort through too.
Moondance Moondance 2 Disc  Moondance Deluxe Edition (4 CDs/1 Blu-Ray Audio) 
Van Morrison Classics
Below are some of the better Van Morrison releases. to consider. There are lots of live releases to sort through too.
Astral Weeks
His Band and the Street Choir
1. Astral Weeks 
2. Beside You 
3. Sweet Thing 
4. Cyprus Avenue 
5. Way Young Lovers Do 
6. Madame George 
7. Ballerina 
8. Slim Slow Slider 
1. And It Stoned Me 
2. Moondance 
3. Crazy Love 
4. Caravan 
5. Into the Mystic 
6. Come Running 
7. These Dreams of You 
8. Brand New Day 
9. Everyone 
10. Glad Tidings 
1. Domino 
2. Crazy Face 
3. Give Me a Kiss 
4. I've Been Working 
5. Call Me up in Dreamland 
6. I'll Be Your Lover, Too 
7. Blue Money 
8. Virgo Clowns 
9. Gypsy Queen 
10. Sweet Jannie 
11. If I Ever Needed Someone 
12. Street Choir 
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Motown Classics: Gold More Motown Classics Gold

The series Gold offer many excellent band and genre overviews. For someone like myself that doesn't need to dig too deep into Motown, but enjoys the classics, these two releases are excellent choices; Motown Classics: Gold and More Motown Classics: Gold. 

Each release offers 40 hits on two discs.

Motown Classics Gold 

 1. Money (That's What I Want) Barrett Strong
  2. Shop Around The Miracles
  3. Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes
  4. Do You Love Me The Contours
  5. You Beat Me To The Punch Mary Wells
  6. Fingertips, Part 2 Stevie Wonder
  7. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave Martha & The Vandellas
  8. My Guy Mary Wells
  9. Where Did Our Love Go The Supremes
10. Dancing In The Street Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
11. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) Marvin Gaye
12. My Girl The Temptations
13. Shotgun Jr. Walker & The All Stars
14. Stop! In The Name Of Love The Supremes
15. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Four Tops
16. The Tracks Of My Tears Smokey Robinson
17. Uptight (Everything's Alright) Stevie Wonder
18. Going To A Go-Go The Miracles
19. Ain't Too Proud To Beg The Temptations
20. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted Jimmy Ruffin

Disc 2

Song Title Artist
  1. You Can't Hurry Love The Supremes
  2. Reach Out, I'll Be There Four Tops
  3. Jimmy Mack Martha & The Vandellas
  4. Your Precious Love Marvin Gaye
  5. I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Single Version) Gladys Knight & The Pips
  6. I Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gaye
  7. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) David Ruffin
  8. I Can't Get Next To You The Temptations
  9. I Want You Back Jackson 5
10. Someday We'll Be Together Diana Ross & The Supremes
11. Up The Ladder To The Roof The Supremes
12. Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) The Temptations
13. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) Stevie Wonder
14. It's A Shame Spinners
15. War Edwin Starr
16. The Tears Of A Clown Smokey Robinson
17. What's Going On Marvin Gaye
18. Smiling Faces Sometimes The Undisputed Truth
19. Papa Was A Rolling Stone The Temptations
20. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) Gladys Knight & The Pips

More Motown Classics Gold

  1. Come And Get These Memories Martha & The Vandellas
  2. Can I Get A Witness Marvin Gaye
  3. Two Lovers Mary Wells
  4. Baby I Need Your Loving Four Tops
  5. Dancing In The Street Martha & The Vandellas
  6. Needle In A Haystack The Velvelettes
  7. Baby Love The Supremes
  8. Nowhere To Run Martha & The Vandellas
  9. Ooo Baby Baby Smokey Robinson
10. Ain't That Peculiar Marvin Gaye
11. Don't Mess With Bill The Marvelettes
12. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) The Isley Brothers
13. Get Ready (Album Version (Stereo)) The Temptations
14. You Keep Me Hangin' On The Supremes
15. (I Know) I'm Losing You The Temptations
16. Standing In The Shadows Of Love Four Tops
17. It Takes Two Marvin Gaye
18. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game The Marvelettes
19. Ain't No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye
20. More Love Smokey Robinson

Disc 2

Song Title Artist
  1. I Second That Emotion Smokey Robinson
  2. I Wish It Would Rain The Temptations
  3. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing Marvin Gaye
  4. Love Child Diana Ross & The Supremes
  5. For Once In My Life Stevie Wonder
  6. Cloud Nine The Temptations
  7. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me Diana Ross & The Supremes
  8. Twenty Five Miles Edwin Starr
  9. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) David Ruffin
10. My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder
11. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) Jr. Walker & The All Stars
12. Baby, I'm For Real The Originals
13. Get Ready (Single Version) Rare Earth
14. ABC Jackson 5
15. Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand) Diana Ross
16. Stoned Love The Supremes
17. If I Were Your Woman Gladys Knight & The Pips
18. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) The Temptations
19. If You Really Love Me Stevie Wonder
20. Got To Be There Michael Jacks


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Willie Nelson  

One Hell Of a Ride Stardust: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition

One Hell Of a Ride  Four disc box set 
I picked up Nelson's other box-set, Revolutions Of Time: The Journey 1975-1993, many years prior to the the release of One Hell of a Ride. Both are excellent collections. The latter is not as easy to come by. 

Stardust: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition
Product Description
Two CD set/Digipak includes the original classic album plus a 16 track bonus disc highlighting his further excursions into the Great American Songbook. Willie Nelson is a singer, songwriter and actor. He is widely regarded as one of the most beloved and notorious country music singers. He reached his greatest fame during the so-called "outlaw country" movement of the 1970s, but remains iconic, especially in American popular culture. Willie Nelson is loved across around the world by many generations with his timeless songs of the common person struggling in this life and making the best of circumstances. 

The instrumental album Night and Day caught my eye with the Django Reinhardt covers and material in that vein; "Nuages," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Honeysuckle Rose," and more.
Night and Day/Honky Tonk Heroes Night and Day Honky Tonk Heroes
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The New Riders of the Purple Sage

Where I Come From 12/31/1977 Winterland - San Francisco, CA 
There are a few New Riders of the Purple Sage releases in mid-2009. 

*One is an exceptional new studio release entitled Where I Come From. Read our exclusive Buddy Cage interview  discussing the new album and other musical topics.

*Second is a live archive release from Winterland San Francisco, CA 12/31/1977. We've reviewed it.

Additional New Riders content
Country: Guitar and Piano
NRPS at the Archive

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Mark O'Connor

In Full Swing Hot Swing Trio Live in New York

Mark O'Connor is one of the finest fiddle players and he has played on an endless list of albums. Among some of the top names include David Grisman, Chet Atkins, Dregs, James Taylor, Randy Travis, Doc Watson, Stephane Grappelli, Waylon Jennings, Neil Diamond, and countless others. This is a very short list.

His album In Full Swing is a tribute to Stephane Grappelli in the tradition of the Hot Club of Paris. Usually I am not blown away by tribute type of albums, preferring the original. This album,  is the exception. 

On In Full Swing, Mark teams up with guitarist Frank Vignola, and Jon Burr as they perform a few originals, but mostly traditional songs in the tradition of swing. A few tracks Wynton Marsalis helps out on trumpet and Jane Monheit adds vocals. If you like Django Reinhardt and music of that style, you'll treasure this. 

Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio Live in New York
The group billed as Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio 
Mark O'Connor on violin
Frank Vignola on guitar
Jon Burr on bass

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Jamie Oldaker 

Mad Dogs and Okies 3 Pack 
The CD is a tremendous collection of A-List musicians who have teamed up to perform songs with an Okalahoma flair.

Mad Dogs & Okies was the brain child of Tulsa-raised Jamie Oldaker. While the drummer/producer is not a household name, he is one of the most respected talents in the country/rock/blues world, with an impressive resume that includes three decades-plus recording and touring with Clapton, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Leon Russell, and Peter Frampton. He was also a founding member of the country-rock Tulsa band, The Tractors, which scored a triple platinum hit with its 1994 self-titled debut album on Arista. But, with his premiere Concord Records CD, Oldaker emerges from the shadows, ups the ante, and delivers an amazing celebration of music from his home state.

Contributors: Ray Benson, Bonnie Bramlett, J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton, Joe & Ellen, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, Wiley Hunt, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Steve Pryor, Willis Alan Ramsey, Tony Joe White And Zadig & Marcella

Mad Dogs ... review, track list, credtis

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The Outlaws 

The Best of the Outlaws: Green Grass and High Tides Bring It Back Alive 
The Outlaws trademark sound is a blend of country and rock, with a strong three guitar attack. While Lynyrd Skynyrd had one lead singer, The Outlaws had several members that would contribute lead vocal duties. Another trademark is their vocal blending and harmonies, sort of in the style of The Eagles.

The Outlaws have a superb compilation called The Best of the Outlaws: Green Grass and High Tides. This includes all the music most fans seek in an Outlaws collection. The liner notes provide credits, band history, and photos.  Perhaps some fans may want to supplement this with live versions of the songs, Though their live album Bring It Back Alive is not the original  band.

Additional Outlaws content
Southern Rock

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