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Album Review

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. 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.

Customer Reviews

His Best from Top to Bottom

This is Charlie's best overall album because it has everything! It begins with the south-west sounds of Caballo Diablo, then the classic Long Haired Country Boy. Then it's got the funky beat of Trudy and then my favorite Georgia. It's got Jazz feel with Feeling Free, Southern Rock with The Souths Gonna Do it Again, Blues with No Place to Go and Bluegrass with the classic Orange Blossom Special. The musicianship on this album is fantastic. Enjoy!

God bless the Charlie Daniels

This music brings back the good times I had in the 70's. I remember listening to it, along with other favorites like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Grateful Dead, and Pure Prarie League.


Track #8 is reason enough to spend the money on this album. Sadly when people think of Charlie Daniels they associate him with the fiddle and devil went down to Georgia. While he is an excelent fiddle player I would rather hear him on a LesPaul. This album covers it all from southwestern track#1 anthem#2 & #6 Allman Bros. style jam #8 and fiddle #9. When he busts into No place to go you can hear it in his voice he is giving all he's got!


Born: October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, NC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A talented and showy fiddler, Charlie Daniels and his band fuse hardcore country with a hard-edged Southern rock, boogie, and blues. The group — which has had a rotating cast of musicians over the years — has always been known for its instrumental dexterity, but Daniels and company were also notorious for their down-home, good-old-boy attitude; in the early '80s, they became a virtual symbol of conservative country values. Daniels and his band experienced the height of their popularity...
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