Friday, November 2, 2007
BLACK OAK ARKANSAS
I have been back on one of my Black Oak Arkansas kicks recently. Loved this stuff as a kid and still love it. My fondest memories of being a young wild teenager contain the music of Black Oak. The "High on The Hog" album along with the "Raunch 'n' Roll Live" album were two of my favorites back in the good old seventies. The band had a totally unique vocalist in Jim Dandy Mangrum....he knew how to work the crowd like no other. The group released many great albums. The early albums from the early to late 70s were the greatest. They continue to tour today, but the fire of those long ago days has mellowed with time...in my mind they will always be best represented on that wonderful "Raunch 'n' Roll Live" album, which like I said in an earlier review...I wore the bastard out. These guys were the pioneers of wild, southern, bad ass rock n roll. The album just cranks with so much electricity, and real stuff...no bullshit effects.....real raw rock and roll. As you can tell by now I am really into that album. It is in my listening pile right now. It never really left me since the early 70s. I am approaching 50 now and I still remember the way I felt when I was 15 and this stuff was ringing through my head while I did all kinds of crazy, destructive things. I am happy to say that I've become a responsible husband and father for the last 16 years. The music remains...the wreckless behavior has calmed down now. Peace and love.....DRUMBO
Posted by tm at 2:46 PM
HEY, CHECK OUT THE LINKS ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THIS PAGE
The links that are at the right hand side of the page should be of interest to anyone who has loved music over the past 40 years. Please check them out. You will find videos, record reviews, political wisdom and a host of other cool stuff. I am available for music discussion anytime through my email address which is firstname.lastname@example.org I also trade music with anyone who is interested. I just acquired a cool Hot Tuna 1978 hooded sweatshirt which should get a lot of heads turning since most of the bozos who listen to that rap garbage out there have never heard of Hot Tuna before. OK, carry on my musical brothers and sisters. "Let there be songs...to fill the air".
OH GREAT ALBUM ART...WE MISS YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!
I just wanted to comment on the loss of the great album cover. I can't stand the fact that we are forced to accept this tiny version of album art which comes with these cds today. I remember that I used to take albums with me to the bathroom. I would sit on the toilet and read them as you would a book. I would study the artwork, the information, the record label, the inner sleeve, any and all inserts and posters which may have been included. I don't care about the tiny booklets with these cds. The change really sucks.....where have those days of wonderful art and music gone? I'll never forget those days. And you will never see days like that again. The kids today truly don't know what they missed. Oh what a time it was.
HOW DO WE THANK THE INFAMOUS BOOTLEG 8-TRACK?
Remember those long lost days when you would pick up a new 8 track tape?.....many of them were "bootleg" or "pirate" tapes. They usually had a glossy label with some type of psychedelic art or some fancy lettering and bright colors. They sold for less than legitimate releases and we went crazy for them. Many days and nights were spent driving around with friends blasting Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin...the list could go on forever. And boy did we smoke...cigarettes, pot....one guy I knew stoked up a whiffle bat...yes, that's right...a plastic whiffle ball bat....we were that fucked up! I remember taking a hit from that and almost choking to death on the burning, smoldering yellow plastic..but hey, we were crazy, it was the 70s, and we loved every fucking minute of it!!!!!