The Marshall Tucker Band – Carolina Dreams

The Marshall Tucker Band – Carolina Dreams

      Carolina Dreams, released in 1977, was The Marshall Tucker Band’s sixth album and an ode to the band’s home state, South Carolina, USA. Focusing on Western themes, it spawned their biggest hit to date, “Heard It In a Love Song”, which rose to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, taking the album with it to #22 and #23 on the Country and Pop charts, respectively.

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Carolina Dreams marks a retreat from the more pronounced country leanings of Long Hard Ride to the more successful country-tinged pop-rock of “Heard It In a Love Song” and “Fly Like an Eagle.” They gathered more hits with this approach, and although the hits hold up well, the rest of the album doesn’t live up to their quality.’

Doug Gray – lead vocals
Toy Caldwell – lead, acoustic and steel guitars
Tommy Caldwell – bass, tambourine, and background vocals
George McCorkle – electric, twelve string and acoustic guitars
Paul Riddle – drums
Jerry Eubanks – flute, saxophone, background vocals

Guest musicians:

Paul Hornsby – Piano and organ
Charlie Daniels – Fiddle and harmony vocal on “Desert Skies”. (Charlie Daniels appears courtesy of Epic Records)
Chuck Leavell – Piano on “Life In A Song”
Jaimoe – Congas
Leo LaBranche – Horn section arrangements and trumpet on “Life In A Song” and “I Should Have Never Started Lovin’ You”
Dezso Lakatos – Tenor sax as part of the horn section.


The Marshall Tucker Band – Carolina Dreams Tracklist

  1.  00:00 Fly Like An Eagle 3:03 
  2.  03:03 Heard It In A Love Song 4:58 
  3.  08:01 I Should Have Never Started Lovin’ You 7:10 
  4.  15:11 Life In A Song 3:35 
  5.  18:46 Desert Skies 6:24 
  6.  25:10 Never Trust A Stranger 5:28 
  7.  30:38 Tell It To The Devil 6:50 
  8.  37:28 Silverado (Live) 4:29

The Marshall Tucker Band - Carolina Dreams

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