Friday, March 12, 2010

Toy Caldwell - Toy (1984)



When Toy Caldwell left The Marshall Tucker Band, it would take up until 1992 before the world would hear a new studio product by one of the finest pickers Southern Rock had brought forth. But he did not sit still. He did work and record in the studio, it just never got released and, according to his widow, it's not about to. Now what we have here must be leaked recordings. Not the best of quality, some muffled sounds (probably from copying tape to tape to tape?), but still a splendid work of art. And the only chance for us fans to hear what Toy Caldwell had been doing all those in between years. This recording is very much a Country thing, but with that unmistakable trademark guitar sound that we so love from those early Tucker albums. Here's a real fine band, doing a real fine record. I don't know who's on it besides Toy, but from what I've been told, this features Norton Buffalo on harmonica, Bruce Marshall did some of the vocals, Ronnie Godfrey had some part in this and Paul Hornsby worked on the production? Here's still hoping this will one day get the release it deserves, sounding as good as it can. But this is still the kind of stuff you can only find at the end of a rainbow. Pure solid Southern gold.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hola,gracias por compartir tu trabajo y tu musica de la soy un gran seguidor.Gracias de nuevo.Saludos.Keep rockin'

Jenaclap said...

Good album, some of country, some of Tucker Southern, rockin' guitars. Is a pity that one of the best,"Welcome To The Human Race", has a obscure sound.

However, many thanks.

Salud,
Jenaclap

Anonymous said...

sorry to say that the file is no longer accesible. Reup possible ?

Thx in advance

Anonymous said...

I can verify that Paul Hornsby produced this album, and it did indeed feature Norton Buffalo. My memory is that Franklin Wilkie played bass. At the time, I was playing in a band with Jaimoe from the Allman Brothers Band and Norton sat in with us at the Rookery in Macon. Toy did a set as well, playing my guitar. I was fortunate to be invited by Paul to check out the sessions down at Capricorn Studios. If memory serves, Toy also recorded a killer version of "Ghost Riders In The Sky" that isn't included here. I remember Paul playing that track for me. I'm still thrilled that Toy Caldwell played my guitar, and still embarrassed that it had rusty strings!

Scott Freeman
Author of:
Midnight Riders: The Story of the Allman Brothers Band
Otis! The Otis Redding Story

ziggi said...

Very hard to find recording. I can add that Toy wrote Cry Cry Cry, Not a Pretty Picture, Long Road to Nowhere and Damn Sure Changed My Mind. He sang on My Rose to Paradise and Damn Sure. Bruce Marshall wrote and sang Welcome to the Human Race but he didn't join TCB until around 1989 so this song was added to this package. They did a 4 song EP and this version is likely from that EP. Paul Hornsby did produce this solo project. I had asked him about it via email awhile back. Very enjoyable, thanks for putting it on here.

Skydogg said...

Thanks for the info ziggy. Have you got any more rarities?

kobilica said...

MTB are my favourite band.Solo works from Toy are realy hard toget.Many thanks for chance to hear this...

Abbie Caldwell said...

Toy played on many tapes, and many different people were involved. Again, nothing that was recorded to be released. Toy was still writing, working with other bands, he was invited by many bands, and had not yet, put TCB together. This took awhile to get a good fit, and in 1983-84, Toy was not in the studio.

Skydogg said...

Hi Abbie, do you know anything of the origins of these recordings?
Skydogg

Anonymous said...

The key you provided for file access was invalid. This is usually caused because the file is no longer stored on MediaFire.

Skydogg said...

Re-upped