Early Years

Early Years

by Band of Oz
     
 

This collection of older songs by the Band of Oz is one seriously enjoyable record -- in fact, that's the only thing that is "serious" about it. But that's not really a surprise, as this group has been delighting audiences along the Atlantic seaboard (mostly in the Carolinas) since 1967; they're experts at making "good-time music," and…  See more details below

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This collection of older songs by the Band of Oz is one seriously enjoyable record -- in fact, that's the only thing that is "serious" about it. But that's not really a surprise, as this group has been delighting audiences along the Atlantic seaboard (mostly in the Carolinas) since 1967; they're experts at making "good-time music," and to judge from the results here they're also good at getting their sound down on record. At their best -- which is well over half of what's here -- the Band of Oz do great late-'60s Motown/early-'70s Philadelphia-style soul, with great harmonies and solid playing throughout, and in this kind of music, being derivative isn't a flaw but a virtue. Drummer David Hicks is the first member most listeners will notice, but bassist John Thompson isn't far behind and the others all excel at various points. Oddly enough, the album opens with one of their catchiest yet weakest numbers, "Keep Keeping It Up," but from there it pulls listeners in with some superb singing on numbers like "Ocean Boulevard" and "When Love Is New." The sheer geniality of the music and the performances works where the virtuosity isn't enough, and that's more than enough to carry across 43 minutes and change. This isn't a landmark album by any means, nor were the makers shooting for anything like that when they cut this music. But if you've been through the best of, say, Bill Deal & the Rhondels (practically the Beatles of the beach music scene, with five national chart hits in barely a year) and want more like it, this CD is a great place to start.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
Label:
Khp Music
UPC:
0880912103620
catalogNumber:
1036
Rank:
190933

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Band of Oz   Primary Artist
Jim Brock   Percussion
Ray Alexander   Trumpet
Doug Burns   Trumpet
David Hicks   Drums
Tim Gordon   Saxophone
Tony Hayes   Saxophone
Debby Dobbins   Background Vocals
Keith Houston   Guitar
Butch Barnes   Saxophone,Vocals
Durwood Martin   Keyboards
Chuck French   Trumpet,Vocals
John Thompson   Bass,Vocals
Bob Lynch   Saxophone
Shep Fields   Bass
Ziad Rabie   Saxophone

Technical Credits

General Johnson   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Mike Farver   Liner Notes

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