ARTIST: The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
TITLE: The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #26
SINGLES: If You Wanna Get to Heaven (#25),
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Chicken Train
LINEUP: Steve Cash, John Dillon, Larry Lee, Randall Chowning, Michael Granada, Buddy Brayfield.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Country-folk-rock songwriters form a group and release a laid back, forgettable album that somehow wrangled a hit single.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The first word that popped into my head when listening to this was ‘amiable’. This is an album that is easy on the ears, mellow and dull. Yeah, it’s dull.
Those not children of the 70’s (face it, those who were 18-29 in 1973 – I know my sister liked them) probably only know one song by them. It’s not on this, and none of these songs sound like it. The single here, If You Wanna Get to Heaven is really about the only song with a hook. Chicken Train is rather much corn-pone fun. A few songs wander around and only get interesting when it’s too late.
Basically, this is a lot of acoustic guitars and various instruments played in a sorta old timey country way, but not country enough to chase away city folk. Yawn.
NOTES & MINUTAE: For a band with two hit singles, and just three albums in the Top 60, the last released in 1975, their Wikipedia page is long and detailed.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C: Only two songs made the cut, the rest EXILED. It’s not bad, per se. It’s just…dull. I don’t know what other word to describe it.