It's Alive

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils left A&M Records in 1978, and in lieu of the obligatory best-of compilation, which would follow a little later, the label put out the double-LP live album It's Alive. By this time the lineup was an eight-piece, with lots of guitars and a full-time keyboardist Russell Chappell and mandolin player Jerry Mills. The original vinyl release left something to be desired in terms of immediacy, but the 2004 CD reissue solves that problem -- there's still less audience interaction than would be ideal on most live albums, but the band's sound is now fully in-your-face, running the gamut from soft rock to bluegrass to country blues, all of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils left A&M Records in 1978, and in lieu of the obligatory best-of compilation, which would follow a little later, the label put out the double-LP live album It's Alive. By this time the lineup was an eight-piece, with lots of guitars and a full-time keyboardist Russell Chappell and mandolin player Jerry Mills. The original vinyl release left something to be desired in terms of immediacy, but the 2004 CD reissue solves that problem -- there's still less audience interaction than would be ideal on most live albums, but the band's sound is now fully in-your-face, running the gamut from soft rock to bluegrass to country blues, all of the instruments and the singing in sharp relief, and they never sacrifice energy for polish -- indeed, as the album progresses, the sound moves a bit more toward the raw and freewheeling, culminating with the encore of "It's All Over Now." One suspects there was a certain sweetening of the harmonies, especially on songs like "You Know Like I Know" and "Fly Away Home," while other songs, like "Following the Way That I Feel" and "Horse Trader," sound pretty raw and honest. The big hits are all here, with a crunchy-textured "Jackie Blue" and "If You Wanna Get to Heaven" saved for the end, but the best number here is an acoustic version of "Satisfied Mind" cut live in a men's shower backstage at an arena in Springfield, MO. The 1997-released Archive Alive concert from early in their history is rougher and more viscerally exciting, but this double-LP captures what concert work was like in the late '70s and represents a big chunk of the group's repertory, preserved from several gigs along their 1978 tour through Missouri and Kansas, close to their roots.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: New Era (Burnside)
  • UPC: 602498639337
  • Catalog Number: 63933

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Primary Artist
Steve Cash Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Russell Chappell Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
John Dillon Fiddle, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Mouth Bow, Group Member
Steve Kennedy Guitar
Jerry Mills Mandolin, Group Member
Rune Walle Banjo, Guitar, Group Member
Michael Granda Bass, Vocals
Larry Michael Lee Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Stephen Paul Canaday Bass, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Mike Granda Guitar, Vocals
Steve Canaday Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Producer, Audio Production
Steve Cash Composer
Marty Lewis Engineer
Joe Hayes Composer
Michael Granda Composer
Larry Michael Lee Composer
Roland Young Art Direction
Mark Omann Remastering
Jack Rhodes Composer
John Dillion Composer
Ken Seeholzer Graphic Design, Package Layout
Red Hayes Composer
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