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Raunch N' Roll Live
Black Oak Arkansas
Raunch N' Roll Live
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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First time on CD for this classic rock album originally released in 1973 on MCA. 7 tracks including 'Gettin' Kinda Cocky' & 'When Electricity Came To Arkansas'. 2000 release. Standard jewel case.


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All Artists: Black Oak Arkansas
Title: Raunch N' Roll Live
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Wounded Bird Records
Release Date: 4/25/2000
Album Type: Live
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Southern Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR), Arena Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 664140701922, 075670701946, 075679032348, 081227862169


Album Description
First time on CD for this classic rock album originally released in 1973 on MCA. 7 tracks including 'Gettin' Kinda Cocky' & 'When Electricity Came To Arkansas'. 2000 release. Standard jewel case.

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The artistic "breakaway" album for this band
Robert H. Nunnally Jr. | Allen, TX United States | 12/30/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Black Oak Arkansas had released three albums prior to Raunch n Roll's early 70s release. Each of these studio albums had been heavily laden with the bluegrass, country and Memphis bar band influences which always figured into the music of this very southern band. If one had listened only to the three studio albums, one might have thought that BOA was going to evolve into a slightly more hippie-influenced Ozark Mountain Daredevils, with a foot and an ankle in the country-pop tradition, and only a number of toes in the rock mode. Raunch n Roll established that Black Oak Arkansas was first and foremost a live rock band, and that the three hundred+ days a year this band spent touring had resulted in a strong, heavy, altogether satisfying southern rock sound.Critical opinion of the time was not favorable (I seem to recall a review by Lester Bangs referring to this as music for "teenage Frankensteins"). But as with so many things, the critics missed the whole point. One example is the much-repeated press criticism that although BOA had three guitarists, they combined to sound like "one good one". This kind of critique sounded relevant in the guitar-hero-worshipping pre-punk 70s, when rock sounds were actually judged solely by the critics' impressions of the guitarist's stylings, but is wholly beside the point today. Black Oak Arkansas was a hard rock band, but they never set out to be instrumental virtuosos. Instead, they were very much self-taught musicians seeking a fun sound; rather than meeting the "politically correct" standards of rock criticism of their time, they basically took the influences around them--Memphis soul, New Orleans bar band music, liberal doses of bluegrass and country,and funnelled it through an Allman Brothers-gone-boogie sound. The result, on Raunch n Roll, is an album that consistently rocks and whose offbeat metal melodies work twenty five years after the fact. Lead vocalist Jim Dandy Mangrum's vocals, heavily influenced by blues and New Orleans "growling" vocalists, interplay with the ringing guitars and driving bass to convey that this was a band that genuinely had fun doing what they did. The album is not a perfect one. Although the band's trademark earthy live performance banter is rather subdued here, the lyrics nonetheless cross that line from merely racy over into merely sexist--with BOA, like many of its fellow bands of that era, the lyrics seem pretty old-fashioned now. Still, who could fail to enjoy songs like "Mutants of the Monster", whose lyric suggests that the new generation is called upon to eschew longevity, or "When Electricity Came to Arkansas", with its two minute scrub-board solo?Earlier in their career, BOA showed that bluegrass and rock could go places that they had not hitherto gone. Later in their career, BOA showed that a touring rock band can polish a sound over time. But Raunch n Roll is probably the high water mark for BOA, because it showed a bunch of guys from rural northeast Arkansas who had broken out of playing Fayetteville and Memphis roller rinks and broken into playing before concert audiences. Part of the album's charm is that it was recorded just after the band had started to "figure out" its sound, but before the band became old hands. This is a period piece, but a period piece well worth owning."
James D. Jones | DeFuniak Springs, FL USA | 12/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this album.It is what a live release is supposed to be,a souvenir of the event that captures the original energy and spirit.This is one of the best rock albums ever period.Lead vocalist Jim Dandy's performance is nothing less than legendary.Just one listen and it becomes obvious where David Lee Roth and Axl Rose developed much of their styles.Tommy Aldridge's drumming is excellent,better than anything I've heard him play for OZZY or anyone.His driving double bass style brings a hard edge to the music.The guitar arrangements are top notch.This band is TIGHT.Every single song is excellent.The BOA southern boogie selections are "Gettin Kinda Cocky","Gigolo"and "Hot and Nasty"."Hot Rod"is hard driving indeed with Aldridge at the wheel.The more complex,serious selections,are "Electricity"which begins with Jim Dandy's washboard and thimble intro and includes the bands vocal interpretation of power humming through the line!,"Up"a very heavy tune with a drum solo and "Mutants"the environmental-hippie classic that describes man as "an animal gone mad".Just between Jim Dandy's introduction and the first note,a man in the audience is heard shouting "MUTANT OF THE MONSTER!"Oh,how I wish that I could have been that character!"
Thomas D. Christianson | Ashland, WI United States | 10/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was lucky enough to see these guys live twice in the early '70's and once in the mid 80's. Always raw, always wild and lots of fun! Jim Dandy Mangrum's antics on stage always a blast to watch. This release comes as close as possible to the energy of being there. Every song on here blows the studio versions out of the water! Southern hills party rock at it's best. HOT AND NASTY never sounded so good, WHEN ELECTRICITY CAME TO ARKANSAS, and HOT ROD are true gems. I've heard THE ALLMAN BROTHERS, LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST, hailed many times as the best live album ever made, but for power, energy, and pure kick ass fun, I believe this one leaves the ALLMAN's offering far behind in the dust. And that is not meant as an insult to the ALLMAN BROTHERS, I have the afore mentioned album on c.d., and enjoy it. It just doesn't live up to this one. The only flaw with this c.d. is that it comes in at only a little over 33 minutes. Short by today's c.d. standards. But then again, I'm not sure adding filler and fluff would have really been an improvement to an already great performance.