- Released: June 10, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Sony
- 1.The Devil Went Down To Georgia
- 2.Long Haired Country Boy
- 3.Wichita Jail
- 4.Uneasy Rider
- 7.Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues
- 9.Simple Man
- 10.In America
- 11.Still In Saigon
- 12.The Legend Of Wooley Swamp
- 13.Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye
- 14.The South's Gonna Do It Again
Personnel: Charlie Daniels (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, banjo, mandolin, fiddle); Barry Barnes (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Bruce Ray Brown, Tom Crain (guitar, background vocals); Richard Betts (dobro); Julian King (trumpet); Taz DiGregorio (keyboards, background vocals); Charlie Hayward, Mark Fitzgerald, Charlie Hayward (bass); Fred Edwards, James Marshall, Gary Allen (drums, percussion); Jack Gavin (percussion).
Producers: John Boylan, Paul Hornsby, Charlie Daniels, James Stroud.
Compilation producer: Al Quaglieri.
Recorded between 1973 & 1989. Includes liner notes by Deborah Evans Price.
This is part of the "Essential Collection" series.
Personnel: Charlie Daniels (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, fiddle); Tom Crain, Bruce Ray Brown (vocals, guitar); Barry Barnes (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Joel "Taz" DiGregorio (vocals, keyboards); James Stroud (vocals, percussion); Richard Betts (dobro); Julian King (trumpet); Don Murray , Fred Edwards, Gary Allen , Jack Gavin, James Marshall (drums, percussion).
Photographers: David Michael Kennedy ; Mike Rutherford .
The Essential Charlie Daniels Band contains 16 well-chosen tracks taken from the band's mid-'70s to late-'80s recordings on Epic. All the basics are here, including the country crossover smash "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Luckily for all but the most rabid fan, this set contains the original versions of Daniels' outlaw/Southern rock hits, including "Wichita Jail," "Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues," "Texas," "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye," "Long Haired Country Boy," and "Uneasy Rider." When Daniels went through a reformation of his religious beliefs, he re-recorded several songs from his back catalog to reflect his religious convictions and omitted references to marijuana or alcohol use. ~ Al Campbell