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Album Review

More than half of the songs from the Charlie Daniels Band's compilation A Decade of Hits were chart successes, especially the fiery "Devil Went Down to Georgia," a boot-kickin' mix of rock and country fiddle that proved to be this group's biggest hit. Played on both country and rock radio, it hit number three on Billboard's Top 40 in 1979 thanks to its hard-based rhythm and entertaining narrative. A Decade of Hits puts together ten of the band's most solid songs that integrate both a country and rock feel. "The South's Gonna Rise Again" unleashes Daniels' pride of being from North Carolina and the attributes of being a good ol' boy. "Long Haired Country Boy" does much of the same, but with a more generous amount of countrified fervor. "Still in Saigon" leans on a more rock-oriented style, and loosely deals with one veteran's flashbacks to the Vietnam War. As a story song, "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" basks in the Southern slang of Daniels drawl, which contributes to its bayou campiness. The most delightful aspect of the Charlie Daniels Band's music is the way in which Daniels uses his fiddle to liven up his music, customizing it to the drums and guitar. Most of the tunes on this album contain a feisty mix of instruments that gives the band a different feel and a slightly unique sound. Not the typical country norm, this collection of the Charlie Daniels Band's best songs will satisfy anyone who is interested.

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Devil Went Down to Georgia

This is a great song, but Daniels did two versions. In the original, he uses the phrase "son of a gun." In a later version he uses "son of a b****." Not only does the second version break the rhyme of the song (I guess Daniels wanted to show his disgust with the devil; who knows?) but it also makes what is otherwise a great, stomping wholesome, fun song inappropriate for younger audiences. iTunes should provide an explicit marker next to the later song so that buyers can determine the one they want without spending money to buy every performance.

frg doesn't know.....

Great album because it covers a wide time period of the CDB. When frg wrote about 2 versions of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" he must not of realized that the original cut from the original album contained S.O.B. The Son of a gun was dubbed in so all the "bubble gum pop" stations on FM radio could play it without incurring fines from the FCC (see George Carlin's seven dirty words...S.O.B. is numero uno). Long before Charlie Daniel's started playing the God fearing, anti drug, kill the criminals music (which is good stuff) he was a certified dope smoking, hard drinking, bar rousin', country rocking guy. Listen to "Uneasy Rider", "Long Haired Country Boy", and than laugh out loud at the hypocrisy 30 years down the road when he's singing about tying dope dealers to tree stumps in the middle of the Louisiana swamps. This is a great album and if you want your kids to grow up in a buibble don't play it for them, however my four year old is having a great time right now dancing around the living room listening to it.

The Devil Went Down To Georgia

This album is SICK. The song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" is an awesome song, and is also my favorite music video. This I suggust to anyone who enjoys country. If there was a 10 rating, I would give it that.


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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