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.
Performance CreditsCharlie Daniels Band Primary Artist,Track Performer
Charlie Daniels Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Tom Crain Guitar,Vocals
Joel "Taz" DiGregorio Keyboards,Vocals
Fred Edwards Drums
Charlie Hayward Bass
Technical CreditsJames Burton Contributor
John Boylan Producer
Charlie Daniels Composer,Producer,Contributor
Tom Crain Composer,Contributor
Joel "Taz" DiGregorio Composer,Contributor
Bob Edwards Contributor
Fred Edwards Composer,Contributor
Paul Grupp Engineer
Paul Hornsby Producer
James Marshall Composer
Jackie Williams Contributor
John Cooper Contributor
Charlie Hayward Composer
Joseph Sullivan Producer,Executive Producer
David Corlew Contributor
James Arledge Contributor
Taz DeGregorio Composer
Roger Campbell Contributor
Sid Yochin Contributor
Chuck Harrell Contributor
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A Decade of Hits based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
The lyrics are an interesting mixture of fable and story that focuses on greed and boldness. It can inspire many. The music is ''music'' to MY ears and I pity the people who think otherwise because they are missing out on a really good peice of music.
The ''Devil Went Down to Georgia'' is a classic work that will never lose interest over time. Charlie Daniels succeeds in combining his upbeat, instrumental style into an interesting story involving egotism and greed. However in this story, the greedy boy, Johnny, is rewarded with a gold guitar instead of the eternal suffering that he would have endured had he lost to the devil. The addictive violin chorus interwoven into the story creates the competitive atmosphere that was played out between the devil and Johnny. This fast moving chorus helps involve the listener in the struggle between the two characters. Most stories lose the reader's, or listener's, interest after a couple times of hearing it. In ''The Devil Went Down to Georgia'' the instrumentals and atmosphere of the competition keep the listener coming back to hear it again. The fact that Johnny won while tempting fate satisfies the listener because this is how the listener would like to live his/her life, tempting fate, but prevailing in the end. This song's upbeat chorus and excellent story are two factors, that, when combined, create a tune that will be enjoyed for years to come. Many would argue that one can only relate to it if one is from the southern US. However, because of its classic struggle between ambition and greed, all people can relate to it. Charlie Daniel's truly created a universal and ageless masterpiece.
Why this music isn`t coming out of every speaker in the land, I can`t figure out. Little has been written since that can hold a candle to it. Along with Marshall Tucker Band, Lynard Skynard and the Allman Brothers Band it defines the way life should be in America. Simply the BEST!