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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Ozarks were the most eclectic and best of the new wave of country rock bands that emerged in the USA in the early 70's an opinion confirmed by the critics if not the buying public.
It's amazing that this CD has only just been released as this is a classic set bringing together all the best aspects of their work.
Recorded in a Civil War farmhouse in 1974 and produced by the legendary Glyn Johns, there are so many good things going on here that is is difficult to pinpoint a particular track. Many will know 'Jackie Blue' which was a hit for the band, but this does not tell the whole story of what this band where about.
Although the band prove they can rock on the excellent 'Look Away' and joyous 'Tidal Wave'it is the lighter rootsy material where this release hits a peak. Listen to the sublime harmonies on 'Lowlands' and the uplifting and optimistic lyrics of 'You Made it Right' as proof of the joy in this music.
This is a totally unpretentious set produced by a band full of sincerety. Their are shades of JJ Cale, america and the eagles here by way of comparison, but no band has made country rock sound so good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2004
I received the disc this morning and am pleased to say it met my expectations 100%. The disc comes with a fold out sleeve comprising 4 disc-box sized pages (8 if you include both sides) of notes pictures and the lyrics, rather the like the pullout supplement to the vinyl album if you are lucky enough to have this. Quality of print and package is excellent. On the inside of the disc box, under the disc are two further photos of the boys and the legends "The Ozark Mountain Daredevils" and "At Ruedi Valley Ranch 1974".
The sound is excellent I am pleased to say and nothing appears to have been lost in the transcription.
I hope this helps anyone interested to buy. Well done New Era!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2003
It gives me goosebumps just to think about how long I have waited for the moguls to release this on CD.
A brilliant piece of musical magic. This album is the pinnacle of the Ozarks music writing and has many gems which can move me to tears. It was a crime that this album was not made available until now on CD, but thank the Lord it is now and they Made It Right! Much of this superb album has been available in piecemeal form on the myriad of collections and best ofs but the cohesive whole which is the album has been sorely missed. The few tracks left off the collections are also, typically, the real corkers on the album; one of these is 'It Couldn't Be Better' with it slow, fireside, feel and background crickets to boot. A better feel-good song is hard to find. Another lost classic is 'Lowlands', a slow beautiful piece which deserves to be put on a pedestal. I have not received the album yet, and I only hope the production is as good or better than the vinyl original and the transfer has not been butchered. I will update this review once I get the actual album to give a rundown of the package and sound.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2003
I had this album when it was first released on vinyl - a very long time ago - my favorite then. There is something uniquely special about this album. I think it's to do with the mix and quality of the songs, and the uplifting message that runs right through the whole album. The lyrics capture their great sense of humour, their sensitivity and observation of life.
The musicianship is top class - on what is I think their best album. Between the foot tapping, feel good tracks there are two of the most exquisite ballads you will ever hear ('It couldn't be better' & 'Lowlands') - anywhere.
A lot of loyal people have worked very hard over the last few years to get this album re-released - to whom we have to be extremely grateful.
Whether you know of the Ozarks or not, whatever your taste in music, this is gentle feel-good music at it's absolute best.
- a superb rare gem.
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on 25 January 2013
this is the outing that bought 'Jackie Blue' to the World. But it is more than just that one great tune. It is full of 'em. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils triumph with another great album
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on 12 August 2014
There best album every track a gem.
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on 1 July 2014
Wow, wern't they good?
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