Watch The Marshall Tucker Band Performs An Amazing “Fire on the Mountain” Live 1981
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In addition to documenting the Marshall Tucker Band’s performance at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey on May 31, 1981, Live From the Garden State 1981 (2004) also features the film Which One Is Marshall Tucker? a 30-minute documentary showing clips and interviews of the group, and how the members’ friends view them as an entity.
Despite the untimely passing of bassist Tommy Caldwell in the spring of 1980, Marshall Tucker Band soon followed up their properly named Tenth (1980) album, and then with the suitably titled Dedicated (1981). Since Tommy and his younger brother Tim Caldwell were both murdered in car accidents within a month of one another, the plate was meant to honor both of them.
After releasing Dedicated, MTB went on tour to promote the album, and amid the obvious fan favorites and archive oldies, they played half of the effort. You can hear their shared anguish on the songs “Something’s Missing in My Life,” “Someone Special,” and the somber “Tell the Blues to Take Off the Night.” Moreover, in spite of Caldwell’s absence, the music goes to intriguing places thanks to a combination of sophisticated jazz and rock improvisation, notably on the lengthy workouts given to the upbeat “Take the Highway,” “Ramblin’,” and “Searching for a Rainbow.”
Below, you can watch MTB’s performance of “Fire in the Mountain” below.