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The Ozark Mountain Daredevils – The Car Over The Lake Album (1975/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils – The Car Over The Lake Album (1975/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:38:02 minutes | 828 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © A&M

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ third album for A&M continues their good-natured Southern chooglin’ with hints of a newfound mid-70s AM pop vibe. Although it was recorded in Nashville, The Car Over the Lake Album has a distinctly Californian vibe on several tracks, particularly those written and sung by drummer Larry Lee, whose contributions could ride along “Ventura Highway” with any of America’s recordings. Despite this warm Beach Boys influence, the album is still a Southern rocker, evident on “Keep on Churning,” “Leatherwood,” and the slightly goofy “Gypsy Forest.” The hard-rockin’ push of “If You Want to Get to Heaven” is nowhere to be found on this album, but the laid-back porch-sittin’ hum of “From Time to Time” and the spectacular “If I Only Knew” acts as an acceptable substitute.

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The Ozark Mountain Daredevils – Don’t Look Down (1977/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils – Don’t Look Down (1977/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:37:50 minutes | 851 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © A&M

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, while not being the most successful country-rock outfit, had released five fine albums prior to Don’t Look Down. Their sound had changed little over the years, which suited most fans who frankly wanted more of the same. This release, the bands last on A&M Records, is somewhat more polished than earlier recordings, however, and the style is rather more country-pop than many would have liked. Fine musicianship is present as usual, but the move to a lighter rock style has forced guitar solos to take a backseat throughout. Don’t Look Down is consistent enough, and is undoubtedly an enjoyable album. Similarity is its key problem, however, and nothing truly original is present.

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