Neither as Appalachian nor as anarchistic as their moniker suggests, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils fashioned themselves as a more rockin’ alternative to mid ‘70s pap like the Eagles and Poco. Connections can definitely be established between the Daredevils and earlier (and albeit it, more influential) countrified acts like the Flying Burrito Brothers (with whom the shared a label), and much of Neil Young’s repertoire in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, however, the OMD (not to be confused with early ‘80s synth mavens OMD) were not solely flirting with country as homage to C&W heroes of days past, but because they were a bunch of hicks who didn’t seem to have much else to do with their time.
Time Warp collects selected Daredevils recordings from each of their five albums released between 1974 and 1977, and includes their biggest pop hits, “Jackie Blue”, (most recognizable from those Greatest Hits of the ‘70s TV ads) and “If You Wanna Get to Heaven”, with more self indulgent prog-country misfires like “Chicken Train” and “Spaceship Orion”. All told, this hirsuted six-some released some catchy rockin’ tunes that may not have been as influential as Parsons & Co., yet are without a doubt nowhere near as pain-inducing as their rivals the Eagles’ catalogue attests to. Most likely, everything you’d every want to hear by the OMD is compiled in this single-disc collection, although it seems likely that you might come across dusty, forgotten gems like 1975’s The Car Over the Lake Album at garage sales across the country (well, maybe not the East Coast).
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