Atlanta Rhythm Section Boxed Set: The Polydor Years Released

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Atlanta Rhythm Section The Polydor Years

Released on 31 May 2019

Atlanta Rhythm Section ‘The Polydor Years’ is an eight-CD boxset released through Caroline International that contains all of the albums the band recorded for Polydor Records (1974 – 1980). Fully remastered by Andy Pearce and Matt Wortham for this set, it also includes a raft of edits of some of their best-loved songs on CD for the first time, and it is housed in a clamshell box with an extensive booklet with new notes and album annotations. The set contains the following albums;

Disc one – Third Annual Pipe Dream

Disc two – Dog Days

Disc three – Red Tape 

Disc four – A Rock N Roll Alternative

Disc five – Champagne Jam

Disc six – Underdog 

Disc seven – Are You Ready?

Disc eight – The Boys from Doraville 

Formed In the spring of 1970 by three former members of the Candyman and Classics IV Atlanta Rhythm Section (ARS) became the session band for the newly opened Studio One recording studio in Doraville, Georgia.

After playing on other artists’ recordings, the Atlanta Rhythm Section was formed, the group’s name was thought up by Studio One’s owner Buddy Buie and his two partners in the venture, Cobb and Bill Lowery.

Originally signed by Decca Records, the band released their first album, ’Atlanta Rhythm Section’, in January 1972 and was followed with ‘Back Up Against the Wall’ the following year. ‘Third Annual Pipe Dream’ was their third record and their first for Polydor and it was released in August 1974. Though considered a Southern rock band, the addition of Ronnie Hammond as frontman (who replaced original lead singer Rodney Justo) led them towards a more laid-back sound incorporating Barry Bailey’s distinctive lead guitar and bassist Paul Goddard’s use of a flat pick, with Dean Daughtry’s acoustic and electric piano frequently at the forefront.

What followed was a hugely prolific time for the band. ‘Third Annual Pipe Dream’ was followed by the albums ’Dog Days’ in 1975 and ’Red Tape’ in 1976. The increased exposure of major support slots paid off as the group’s next album, ’A Rock and Roll Alternative’ (1976), rose to 13 on the Billboard chart and was certified gold in the spring of 1977, and in January 1978 they released what would turn out to be their most successful album, ’Champagne Jam’ (1978), which led off with the song ‘Large Time’, a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, some of whom had lost their lives in a plane crash the previous October. 

The eighth ARS album (and sixth for Polydor), ’Underdog’, was released in June 1979 and produced Top 20 US hits ‘Do It or Die’ (#19) and ‘Spooky’ (#17). The final two albums on Polydor ‘Are You Ready?’ and ‘The Boys from Doraville’ was the end of the band’s relationship with the label. They went on to record five more albums – ‘Quinella’ (1981), ‘Truth in a Structured Form’ (1989), ‘Partly Plugged’ (1997), ‘Eufaula’ (1999) and ‘With All Due Respect’ (2011) and continue to play live.

The boxset is available on pre-order at


The full tracklisting is below.

DISC ONE – Third Annual Pipe Dream


Jesus Hearted People

Close the Door

Blues in Maude’s Flat

Join the Race

Angel (What in The World’s Come Over Us)

Get Your Head Out of Your Heart

The War Is Over

Help Yourself

Who You Gonna Run To


Angel (What in The World’s Come Over Us) – Mono Edit

Angel (What in The World’s Come Over Us) – Single Edit

Doraville – Mono Edit

Doraville – Single Edit

Get Your Head Out of Your Heart – Mono Edit


DISC TWO – Dog Days


Boogie Smoogie

Cuban Crisis

It Just Ain’t Your Moon

Dog Days

Bless My Soul (Instrumental)

Silent Treatment

All Night Rain


Crazy – Mono Edit


DISC THREE – Red Tape 


Mixed Emotions


Police! Police!

Beautiful Dreamer

Oh, What A Feeling

Free Spirit

Another Man’s Woman


Free Spirit – Mono Edit

Jukin’ – Mono Edit


DISC FOUR – A Rock N Roll Alternative

Sky High

Hitch-Hikers’ Hero

Don’t Miss the Message

Georgia Rhythm

So Into You

Outside Woman Blues

Everybody Gotta Go

Neon Nites


So Into You – Mono Edit

So Into You – Single Edit

Neon Nites – Mono Edit

Neon Nites – Single Edit


DISC FIVE – Champagne Jam

Large Time

I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight

Normal Love

Champagne Jam

Imaginary Lover

The Ballad of Lois Malone

The Great Escape



Champagne Jam – Mono Edit

Imaginary Lover – Mono Edit

Imaginary Lover – Single Edit

I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight – Mono Edit

I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight – Single Edit


DISC SIX – Underdog 

Do It or Die

Born Ready

I Hate the Blues / Let’s Go Get Stoned

Indigo Passion

While Time Is Left

It’s Only Music


My Song


Indigo Passion – Single Edit

Large Time – Single Edit

Back Against the Wall – Single Edit

Spooky – Single Edit


DISC SEVEN – Are You Ready?

Sky High

Champagne Jam

I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight

Large Time

Back Up Against the Wall

Angel (What in The World’s Come Over Us)


Imaginary Lover


Another Man’s Woman

Georgia Rhythm

So, Into You

Long Tall Sally


DISC EIGHT – The Boys from Doraville 

Cocaine Charlie

Next Year’s Rock & Roll

I Ain’t Much

Putting My Faith in Love

Rough at The Edges

Silver Eagle


Try My Love

Strictly R & R


I Ain’t Much – Single Edit