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BLACK OAK ARKANSAS ‘10 Year Overnight Success’
(Lemon CDLEM28)(2004) (32:45)

In there prime, in the early 70s, Black Oak Arkansas were one of the best southern rock around, with a whiskey soaked rough edge that epitomised the sound.

This 1976 album, named after the anniversary of their roots, was the last to feature any significant number of original members, and while it’s a great rock set, it’s pale compared to earlier outings.

The vocals are the distinctive swagger of Big Jim ‘Dandy’ Mangrum, and there’s plenty of excellent lead guitar. The horns also help fill out the sound, making it all very enjoyable, it just seems to lack some of the honesty, blood, sweat and tears of earlier outings. More than welcome on CD though.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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