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  • Audio CD (November 21, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Visi
  • ASIN: B00000E0UF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Raw Rock, bluegrass, unadorned County Rock with an edge to it ... BOA has it!
Mary Gollihugh
This is the album to get, it is tight and like SgtPepper, it holds up as one feeling of fun from start to finish.
Gary Ostreicher
I was able to years ago found it at a Best Buy store in a "cut out" bin for five bucks in CD format.
Johnny Pasta

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. E Strickler on September 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first purchased this album on cassette way back in 1971 shortly after it was released. The main reason was AM radio was playing "Lord Have Mercy on My Soul" and it really captured my attention. Back then stuff like "Every Picture Tells a Story", "Abraxas" and Jim Morrison's death were the big thing but there was just something about these guys from Black Oak Arkansas.
This first album is pretty good and offers up some good ole southern rock and roll, but I kept going back to the standout song - LHMOMS. Over 30 years later that song still gives me goose bumps and probably will another 30 years hence...if I don't peel off that is. The song wasn't much more than a minor hit and quickly faded into, obscurity. However, BOA later went on to make piles of money with "Jim Dandy to the Rescue" which put these guys and the town they came from (about 600 people?) on the map. And as they say: "the rest is history."
Shortly after the release of this self titled album I was turned on to the likes of Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd, Tull and a host of other prog rock royalty. But for what its worth, this album, pure and simple as it is will always be one of those guilty pleasures that makes rock music such an enjoyable experience.
Have yourself a little fun, its Jim Dandy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MetalCharlie on February 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
i am a long haired death metal country boy from arkansas, this is not my kind of music. but, i grew up listening to these guys. yes, Black Oak Arkansas is an actual small town on highway 18 in north east Ark., and as far as i know Jim 'Dandy' Mangrum still lives there. this is the bands' debut album, a great disc of country inspired rock blues, jazzy funk. 'Lord have Mercy on my Soul' is an easy choice for a fave', but i prefer the lively "Uncle Elijah," and the haunting "Memories at the Window." this is a milestone in rock music, don't overlook it.
in the early 70's when this album came out and the band was in they're heyday, BOA was often on television on NBC's "Midnight Special" on friday nights. on spur of the moment one night about 10 years ago i stopped in a local club late one night, a lean blonde haired dude in his late 40's was sitting in on guitar and vocals with a local band. when he came and stood next to me at the bar, i realized it was Jim Dandy Mangrum. here was a man who was once world famous, still looked like a rock star but had none of the arrogance.
get this album and enjoy one of the founders of southern country rock groove and boogie
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gollihugh on September 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I started looking for Jim Dandy after seeing the movie "Overboard" with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, what I found was Black Oak Arkansas! Raw Rock, bluegrass, unadorned County Rock with an edge to it ... BOA has it! I am now trying to get all of the releases (my old records, yes records have no place to be played)
My recommendation? Listen to "Jim Dandy", if you like it, like it hard and hot and high tension, go for it!
And just for the heck of it, I recommend the movie "Overboard" as well.
Thank you, feedback is welcome anytime!
Mariance (you can find me on eBay)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TrueBlueBrewCrew on May 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is Black Oak Arkansas' rookie effort. It is helped by Mike Pinera's and Lee Dorman's (both ex-Iron Butterfly) excellent production -- in fact, given their past experiences, this is a surprisingly crisp and clean mix. This isn't really southern rock -- this is southern boogie. I know Rolling Stone years ago said that they had three lead guitarists which didn't even add up to one, and that lead singer Jim Dandy sang with marbles in his mouth, but, ( ), I like this album. Starts out with an upbeat stomper in "Uncle Lijah", which has the infamous line "...he jumped in bed with his ma and pa, and told 'em that the devil was in Arkansas." Poe it is not, but in the rock context its pretty good. "Memories at the Window" is probably the only tune in Black Oak's career Dandy really tries to "sing". And not too bad at that. The gut of this album comes on side 2. "Hot and Nasty" has that classic drum intro, and the lead guitars effortlessly slide in and out. "Lord Have Mercy" is an eerie, lost rock classic. The intro monologue actually is entertaining more than self-serving. Finally, "When Electricity Came to Arkansas" is a good, rousing instrumental finale. Remember, Dandy played the scrub-board, and it is in full glory here, as the entire group gets into some real wild banchee screaming and boogieing. Overall, not as good as the live "Raunch and Roll", but quite impressive for a rookie effort.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Cappetto VINE VOICE on March 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Black Oak was an interesting mix of Hard Rock, Folk, Blue Grass, Southern Rock, Sex, and Religion. They also were a very talented band, Jim Dandy though criticized as a singer has a unique voice that cannot be duplicated by anyone and no one can say otherwise. Rickie Reynolds and Harvey Jett are very good Guitar players, Pat Daugherty a fine Bass player. and Wayne Evens good on drums. These guys laid down [such great] music and Jim Dandy provided the cockiness and showmanship that completed the band (Ask David Lee Roth). This album Black Oak Arkansas was There Debut and is very very good, Highlights are Uncle Elijah Elijah, Hot N Nasty, Lord Have Mercy On My Soul and When Electricity Came To Arkansas. All became concert favorites.
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