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Album Review

It could be argued that Epic/Legacy's 2002 double-disc compilation The Ultimate Charlie Daniels Band falls a little short of the title's claim, but then you'd have to realize that they're being literal with the title — Daniels' first album may not be represented here, but it was a solo affair, not a band effort. This 30-track collection covers only recordings from the Charlie Daniels Band, then, and it does an expert job of selecting the best, from the biggest hits to album tracks and concert favorites. Perhaps it would have been better if the selections were presented in chronological order instead of jumping all over the place — it starts in the '90s, heads into the '70s, goes into the '80s a while later before winding back in the '70s just on the first disc — but the music here is proof positive that rowdy, Southern-fried, redneck rocking country had few better bands than this. And that does make it The Ultimate Charlie Daniels Band compilation.

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Country -- NOT!

Ya gotta LOVE this album. I don't care much for modern country music, but this kind of country (southern? rockabilly? rebel?) is simply classic! Charlie D rocks! 'Uneasy Rider' is still a hoot after 35 years—regardless of whether you side with the ‘hippies,’ the ‘rednecks’ or the ‘commies!’ ‘Still in Saigon’ may stem from the Vietnam War, but its message is eerily familiar in today’s political arena while ‘Simple Man’ strikes a visceral note now just as it did back in the ‘70s. (Just ignore the annoying religious references if they bother ya—the music’s subject matter is still incredibly moving.) Religion aside, how can anyone not get riled up when ya hear 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia.’ TDWDTG is a song that everyone must hear at least once in their lifetime— that fiddle is so hot you can smell the fire and brimstone! Plus, if ya wanna ‘get’ some of the modern day references—Futurama, SNL, Squidbillies & Robot Chicken have all parodied the song—you need to hear the original Charlie version. Rappers, Bluesmen, punkers, rockers—home grown and foreign have recorded covers of this devilish tune. Oh, and as others have mentioned, ya better get to know the licks if ya wanna blaze through Guitar Hero III...TDWDTG is a BOSS song that shows up when you battle for your soul! Want something ‘new’ to turn on to? Ignore the fact that this album gets dumped into the country music category and check out some of its tracks! Ya just might find out what ‘rosin up your bow’ means…. lol.

Father of country

This master of country needs to be listened to more by people. This guy is listened to less than the annoying Jonas Bros. Mow that's a shame.

not bad

i haven't listened to all these songs, but the devil went down to georgia is really good (and yeah its on GHIII i love it!!!), but the weird al version, "the devil went down to jamaica" is still better =D


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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