Thursday, August 30, 2012

Charlie Daniels Band-Full Moon

Full Moon
 This is not one of Charlie's best efforts. Apart from The Legend of Wooley Swamp, which is a CDB classic, it's hardly representative of his best work. South Sea Song has to be about the worst song he's ever recorded. It sounds like a warmed-over Jimmy Buffett track, although I doubt Jimmy would touch it. Lonesome Boy From Dixie isn't bad, but kind of cliched, as is the inferior El Toreador. No Potion For the Pain is kind of bland, and Dance Gypsy Dance is ruined by female backing harmonies that sound like Olivia Newton John. Carolina is a heartfelt track, and Money isn't bad, but In America is an example of one of Charlie's worst traits - his penchant for jingoism.  Looking back this album came out during the heyday of southern rock. It fit the bill very well sliding right in with Lynyrd Skynrd, Molly Hatchet and the rest. "Lonesome Boy From Dixie" is a very good poster child song of the era. It's a good song but also describes the times. "In America" was written in response to President Carter's ineptitude but it is still a good song. "Legend Of Wooley Swamp" is the hit on this album and it's good and worth th price if you're wondering.

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