A Decade of Hits

A Decade of Hits

by The Charlie Daniels Band


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/1999
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646569429
catalogNumber: 65694
Rank: 7127

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie 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 Credits

James 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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!