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1973 produced a bumper crop of fine country-rock albums, and among them was the Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ self-titled recording debut. In many ways, this release invites comparisons with the Eagles’ first effort, which appeared the same year. But the Missouri-based Daredevils were looser and less calculated than their L.A. counterparts, leavening their music with dollops of humor. The rambunctious “If You Wanna Get to Heaven” got the sextet on AM radio and remains a Southern rock classic. The rest of the album digs deep into rustic themes and down-home observations, with celebrations of rural living (“Colorado Song”) and easy-going love (“Country Girl”) predominating. The cleanly-twanging guitars of John Dillon and Randle Chowning (along with Steve Cash’s chugging harmonica) catch an agreeably old-time spirit in songs like “Beauty in the River” and “Road to Glory.” The group’s penchant for goofiness comes through in the fowl-but-funny “Chicken Train,” and such tunes as “Within Without” and “Spaceship Orion” meander into jazzy territory without losing their folksy tinge. Throughout, there’s a sense that these Devils are genuinely having a good time and enjoying each other’s company.

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Classic Ozark Mountain Daredevils

This one is the best of all of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils' albums. I heard this when it first debuted in 1973. Three of the cuts off this album have been a staple of FM rock radio for the last 30+ years. (Chicken Train, If You Want to Get to Heaven and Standing on the Rock). Also a must for the southern rock junkie.

Loved it in 74 and still do today

This is the first album I every owned. I bought it in Jr. High when all the other kids were into Queen. I wanted something different. I had just been given a harmonica and was looking for music with a harmonica in it. The local record store owner suggested this. I loved it then and still do. How can I discribe this albem? It's thought provoking, soothing, folk-rocking, gospel, blues and at times a bit weird. So if you have lived through the glam rock, disco, heavy metal, pop, techno and still haven’t found what your looking for, try coming to the Ozarks. You might just find you love it too.

You can't go wrong....

Country rock along the lines of Marshall Tucker, ZZ Top and the best of the rest. No idea why they faded away, but this is one of the classic albums: melodic, fun, rockin'...the whole deal. A bargain for ten bucks


Formed: 1971 in Springfield, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils were among the more popular of mid-'70s country-rock outfits, slotting in chronologically and stylistically between the Eagles and Firefall. As exponents of '70s country-rock, the group rode a wave of success for five years on A&M Records and survived in some form into the 1990s, with a following just large enough to justify occasional record releases in their later years. The sextet was formed in Missouri during the early '70s, consisting of guitarists John Dillon...
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