The Marshall Tucker Band – Bringin’ Back the Vinyl
Alright kids, just be patient while I reminisce about the early days of my radio gig. Back in the day, we used to play 45 RPM disks. There was an "A" side and a "B" side. The "A" side was generally the side the record label wanted you to really push on the air. The "B" side was a second choice, but would often sneak in as a hit.
I tell you that little story to let you know I have had extensive experience and fondess for the sound vinyl brought to the airwaves.
Now comes word that those ol' boys at the The Marshall Tucker Band is bringing back vinyl on their Greatest Hits album.
When The Marshall Tucker Band was rockin' in the '70's, there was NO MTV, NO IPODS. NO DOWNLOADS. Heck, there weren't even digital recording studios. Everything was (and here's a word you might want to look up, kids) Analog. That's right. There was a time when musicians recorded their stuff on 16 track plastic tape. Then, believe it or not, they cut into soft vinyl to make a track that the needle on your "HI-FI" would vibrate through to make music. I know. Crazy, huh?
Anyway, in celebration of 40 years of making great southern country-rock, MTB will release a vinyl editon of The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits will be released!
"As we continue to tour, more and more fans are showing up in the autograph lines with their original Marshall Tucker Vinyl Record.s, even more so than CD's. THere's just something cool about vinyl. It's very retro and I thinkg most people out there will agree that in today's day and age, retro is 'in'. This is an appropriate release for us, especially since we're celebrating 40 years", said lead singer Doug Gray.
The album has a healthy 17 tracks to choose from, including stalwart hits like Can't You See, Heard It in a Love Song, 24 Hours At a Time and Take the Highway. There are three never before realeased live tracks.
Now, I know what you're thinking, "Hey, what good is a vinyl album that nobody can play anymore?". Fair question. So, the band's label is releasing a digital download card with the vinyl.
The vinyl edition will be available for purchase later this month at all vinyl record stores, online at Amazon and the band's website.
Believe it or not, I actually think the band will have a great deal of success with this vinyl release. There are still many, many fans who fondly remember listening to MTB and checking out the "liner notes" and using the double album cover for allll kinds of uses.