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Black Oak Arkansas

  • Keep the Faith [Atlantic, 1971] C-
  • High on the Hog [Atlantic, 1974] D

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Keep the Faith [Atlantic, 1971]
This group isn't even hawking revival--snake oil, that's all. C-

High on the Hog [Atlantic, 1974]
For two years, BOA has toured harder than any band in history, with the biggest booking agent in the country breaking a trail of busted chops in front of them, and they still can't sell out the Academy of Music on a Saturday night. Why might that be? Because unlike most similar bands they have never achieved competence--they are actively untalented, incapable of even an interesting cop. D