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The Charlie Daniels Band – Live At Rockpalast

The Charlie Daniels Band Live At RockpalastAfter a early start in rock & roll bands in the late 1950’s, Daniels was advised to move to Nashville and become a session musician where he played behind Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr among others.  In the early 1970’s he formed the “Charllie Daniels Band” following the lead of the Allman Brothers’ southern rock sound.  A moderate success on Epic in i972 of “Uneasy Rider” was followed two years later with the smash “Fire On The Mountain.” The group, perhaps best known for  “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” in 1979, continues to perform and record albums in the country rock style.

This concert was recorded in 1980 at the “Rockpalast” located in Dortmund, Germany. The DVD contains 15 tracks including the finale of a 9-minute version of Orange Blossom Special.  While the staging did not appear particularly spectacular by current standards, the music certainly was.  The audience was quite enthusiastic although the colloquial references in some lyrics may not have connected.  The sextet of two guitarists, two drummers, a keyboardist and bassist, along with Daniels’ fiddle on some tracks, filled the arena with 75 minutes of good ole southern rock!

– Scott Peavler

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