Saturday, 9 March 2019
Black Oak Arkansas - If an Angel Came to See You, Would You Make Her Feel at Home? (1972)
The third album from this US band.
The band was a sextet on this album with a lineup of drums, bass, washboard, guitars, banjo, piano, steel guitar, organ and vocals.
This band from the deep south of USA (who comes from the same state as ex president Bill Clinton) had so far released two decent albums. The first one was very influenced by Led Zeppelin. The second one more in the vein of southern rock.
And that is where we are on this album. Southern rock.
OK, the music is not as hard as Lynyrd Skynyrd. Not on this album, anyway.
The band is carving out their own niche at the same time as being commercial on this album. A bit soft rock combined with some hard rock.
On the top of this, you get Jim "Dandy" Mangrum's rasping, very sensual vocals. Vocals that appeals to both US males and women on a big stage somewhere in the states. And they are also very good on an album too.
The quality of the music on this thirty odd minutes long album is not that good and it occurs to me that Black Oak Arkansas was a level below the really great hard rock and arena bands in USA from the 1970s.
This album is a miss.