Ozark Mountain Daredevils – It’ll Shine When It Shines

ARTIST: Ozark Mountain Daredevils 220px-OMDs_1974

TITLE:  It’ll Shine When It Shines

YEAR RELEASED: 1974

CHART ACTION: #19

SINGLES: Look Away (#101), Jackie Blue (#3)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW:  No

LINEUP: Steve Cash, John Dillon, Larry Lee, Randle Chowning, Michael Granda, Buddy Brayfield

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Mellow country rock band gets a big hit from an anomalous sounding track. The rest is tepid country rock with only a couple of cuts that wake you from a torpor.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Anyone with a pulse and an ear that’s heard 70’s music has heard “Jackie Blue”. It’s kind of got a 70’s vibe with some interesting guitar sounds and interplay between bass, piano and drums.

That sound didn’t translate to the rest of the record, which consists of a lot of mellow country-rock songs that are somewhat better than their debut, but still for the most part it’s nothing fancy or exciting. But, their audience was probably nodding out on cold beer and weed, so, y’know, mellow was good.

With four songwriters and lots of singers, the tracks are varied a bit, but still, nothing lasts in your brain as much as “Jackie Blue”, for better or worse. Usually the latter.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Jackie Blue” was a very late addition. Producer Glyn Johns pretty much insisted they record it after Lee brought it in, and helped to convince him to change the lyrics.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: C: I kept more this time, but not enough for me to want to explore them any further – since they had no more hits or memorable tracks

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