Daniels Band - Essential Super Hits (with bonus DVD)
Charlie Daniels Band is one of the most well-known bands in the world
and the reasons why are obvious when you listen to his music. Daniels
has managed to slide effortlessly back and forth across genre lines,
acquiring new fans from the White House to any house,
around the world, for decades. You don't have to be a country music fan
to appreciate the magnificent instrumentals on every song Daniels has
ever recorded and although he is vocal about being from the south, he
has been the voice of all Americans (a strong, unified
Even when he is politically vocal, or politically incorrect, no one takes offense because although a lot of artistís talk the talk, Charlie Daniels not only talks the talk, and walks the walk, he invented the walk. He has spoke out on more than one occasion when others were afraid to speak. Before 9/11 he was proudly and loudly waving the flag, and boldly embracing it, with equal passion. As one of the most recognizable country music icons in the world, he can emit a "hell yeah" from just about anyone with only a fiddle. I've been told that born and bred Yankees have been known to rise to their feet and scream out "Y'all" during an impassioned rendition of "The South's Gonna Do It Again" (although, sorry Charlie, we know it ain't so). He has given us a musical legacy to be proud of and Essential Super Hits is the current culmination of his musical travels to date. Like his illustrious career, it is magnificent.
There are far too many highlights on this album to mention them all. "Free Bird" is incredible and one of my favorites. "Long Haired Country Boy," which earned a CMA nomination for vocal event of the year when it was released, demonstrates that Daniels is as adept at pickin' a guitar as he is a fiddle. The vocal harmony provided by John Berry and Hal Ketchum is an extra bonus on this track and on the video.
Keith Urban's guitar pickin' skills are showcased on "The South's Gonna Do It Again" and I defy anyone to attempt to sit still while listening to "Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues" -- can't do it.
Travis Tritt joins Daniels on a foot stomping rendition of "Southern Boy," a song he and Daniels co-wrote and it sounds like he may be singing with Daniels on "Trudy" but I'm not sure. Regardless, I love that song.
been the motivation behind many of Daniels' most well-known songs,
"This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag" and "In America"
which, ironically, was written as a result of our desperate situation in
This CD contains sixteen dynamic songs, Daniels' emotional rendition of our "Pledge of Allegiance," and a bonus DVD with five videos. It really is an essential addition to any quality CD collection.
Rating: BUY IT!
The Charlie Daniels Band - Essential Super Hits track list:
Review by Jim Weaver:
Rating: Very nice!