Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Black Oak Arkansas - Ain't Life Grand (1975)
The sixth studio album from this US band.
The band was a sextet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals.
The band from Black Oak, Arkansas was continuing down the southern and hard rock alley on this album.
The album starts pretty badly with a sub-standard version of Taxman, the Beatles and George Harrison classic track. This is a great song, murdered by Black Oak Arkansas on this album.
It's inclusion on this album is a mystery to me as it is easily the worst track on this album.
The rest of the album continues with the normal raw vocals and the mix of southern rock and hard rock.
A lot of country'n'western has also sneaked into this album. There is some steel-guitars and vocals harmonies in the direction of Nashville, Tennessee on this album.
Americana is the label fitting this album.
The album is pretty decent, but does not offer up much joy for those not into the music genres mentioned above. This is not their best album.