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Ozark Mountain Daredevils - 1980 Ozark Mountain Daredevils

ARTIST: Ozark Mountain Daredevils
ALBUM: Ozark Mountain Daredevils
SERIAL: AL 36375
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2005, New Era Records (Band Release)


LINEUP: Steve Cash - harmonica, vocals * John Dillon - guitars, vocals * Michael Granada - bass, vocals * Larry Lee - keyboards, guitars, percussion, vocals

Additional Musicians: Mike Botts - drums * Gary Coleman, Paul Grupp - percussion * Rune Walle, Jon Goin, D. Clinton Thompson, John Boylan - guitars * Jai Winding - keyboards * Buddy Emmons - pedal steel guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Take You Tonight * 02 Jump At The Chance * 03 Sailin' Around The World * 04 Lovin' You * 05 Tuff Luck * 06 Oh, Darlin' * 07 Empty Cup * 08 Rosalie * 09 Runnin' Out * 10 Fool's Gold


Formed in the rolling thicket of southern Missouri in 1972; the Ozark Mountain Daredevils are fondly remembered for two radio staples, the down home blue-collar pleaser 'If You Want To Get To Heaven' and 'Jackie Blue' which in my opinion is the greatest pop-friendly southern rock single ever recorded - 'Sweet Home Alabama' not even coming close to its greatness. Building a reputation as one of America's hardest working bands; the Ozark's toured relentlessly while selling a heap of plastic but by the decade's halfway point their fortunes began to wane and having been dropped by A&M after the lackluster and contract ending 'It's Alive', the group once described as 'The red-neck Eagles' were whittled down to a four piece. Signing to CBS and augmented by a posse of studio musicians, this self-titled album received very little attention at the time but possibly over-rides everything else in their catalog.

The Songs
With Southern and country rock very much dead in the water in 1980 it was a surprise 'Take You Tonight' was heard on the radio at all; but it's classic full-on Daredevils with a turn of the decade AOR edge that made a lot of playlists. An even bigger surprise is the poppy 'Jump At The Chance' which heads down the same west coasty highway as period Firefall and Pure Prairie League while 'Lovin' You' does Eagles styled country pop without the drug addled glitz. Good stuff but the hands down charmer of the album is Larry Lee's 'Oh, Darlin'; a wonderful swaying in the breeze pop song with all the hooky ingredient's that made his 1982 solo 'Marooned' so special and from start to finish and everything in-between this is a highly enjoyable record that should have given the Ozark Mountain Daredevils a second lease on life. Sadly it was not to be.

In Summary
Released on CD by the band from the master tapes along with the rest of their catalog; start here and while you're there pick up a t-shirt and the book 'It Shined' written by bassist Mike Granada. A fun and informative read and an excellent primer for those unfamiliar with what was once Missouri's biggest musical export.

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#1 | gerard on August 30 2011 10:46:13
Nice tip, Eric. Don't know this one, but like Lee's 'Marooned' a lot. Am gonna check this one out!
#2 | Eric on March 06 2012 13:16:53
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