Carolina Dreams marks a retreat from the more pronounced country leanings of Long Hard Ride to the more successful country-tinged pop-rock of "Heard It In a Love Song" and "Fly Like an Eagle." They gathered more hits with this approach, and although the hits hold up well, the rest of the album doesn't live up to their quality.
1. 00:00 Fly Like An Eagle 3:03
2. 03:03 Heard It In A Love Song 4:58
3. 08:01 I Should Have Never Started Lovin' You 7:10
4. 15:11 Life In A Song 3:35
5. 18:46 Desert Skies 6:24
6. 25:10 Never Trust A Stranger 5:28
7. 30:38 Tell It To The Devil 6:50
8. 37:28 Silverado (Live) 4:29
Carolina Dreams, released in 1977, was The Marshall Tucker Band's sixth album and an ode to the band's home state, South Carolina, USA. Focusing on Western themes, it spawned their biggest hit to date, "Heard It In a Love Song", which rose to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, taking the album with it to #22 and #23 on the Country and Pop charts, respectively.
A bonus live version of "Silverado" appears on the 2005 reissue which was recorded the year after the death of bassist and founding member, Tommy Caldwell.
Doug Gray - lead vocals
Toy Caldwell - lead, acoustic and steel guitars
Tommy Caldwell - bass, tambourine, and background vocals
George McCorkle - electric, twelve string and acoustic guitars
Paul Riddle - drums
Jerry Eubanks - flute, saxophone, background vocals
Paul Hornsby - Piano and organ
Charlie Daniels - Fiddle and harmony vocal on "Desert Skies"
Chuck Leavell - Piano on "Life In A Song"
Jaimoe - Congas
Leo LaBranche - Horn section arrangements and trumpet on "Life In A Song" and "I Should Have Never Started Lovin' You"
Dezso Lakatos - Tenor sax as part of the horn section.