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Time Warp: The Very Best of Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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Although it omits three songs from the far less comprehensive (and deleted) 1983 12-track Best Of, and doesn't include any live or post-A&M music, this 2000 release stands as the final word on the Ozark Mountain Daredevils' career. Cherry-picking 21 tunes from their five studio album stint circa 1974-1978 -- with the lion's share coming from their first three albums and only three selections from the final two -- this is pretty much all you'll need from the under-recognized band that worked in the '70s country-rock shadows of Poco and Firefall, but weren't as dependable or pop savvy as either. In fact, their biggest hit, the Hall & Oates, blue-eyed soul-styled "Jackie Blue," was so atypical of the band's characteristically down-home approach that it ultimately may have been more damaging to their career than if they had clicked with a song more representative of their crisp, rural country pop/rock. As enjoyable and pleasantly organic as they were, the group lacked a distinctive vocalist, direction, and most importantly great songs. This collection focuses on their less commercially rocking, more rootsy side, and as such it's a consistently listenable, predominantly chronological compilation that is all any but the most die-hard fan will ever need. An extensive essay (including quotes from bandmembers) and rare photos in the disc's 16-page booklet sweeten the pot and make this as definitive an overview from a talented also-ran outfit as necessary. Like its closing title track, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils lived in a stylistic time warp, comfortable within its own limitations and unwilling -- but not unable -- to break free of them. ~ Hal Horowitz
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 If You Wanna Get to Heaven Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:3
  3. 2 Jackie Blue Ozark Mountain Daredevils 4:8
  4. 3 Country Girl Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:12
  5. 4 Chicken Train Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:35
  6. 5 Spaceship Orion Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:6
  7. 6 Standing on the Rock Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:53
  8. 7 Road to Glory Ozark Mountain Daredevils 4:48
  9. 8 You Made It Right Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:43
  10. 9 Look Away Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:34
  11. 10 E.E. Lawson Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:30
  12. 11 It Probably Always Will Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:12
  13. 12 Walkin' Down the Road Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:25
  14. 13 It'll Shine When It Shines Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:37
  15. 14 Keep on Churnin' Ozark Mountain Daredevils 2:51
  16. 15 Leatherwood Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:59
  17. 16 Cobblestone Mountain Ozark Mountain Daredevils 2:24
  18. 17 Mr. Powell Ozark Mountain Daredevils 3:12
  19. 18 Homemade Wine Ozark Mountain Daredevils 2:37
  20. 19 Arroyo Ozark Mountain Daredevils 5:5
  21. 20 Giving It All to the Wind Ozark Mountain Daredevils 4:12
  22. 21 Time Warp Ozark Mountain Daredevils 4:4

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