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    When any artist releases an album of the magnitude of Fancy Free, it is ALWAYS difficult to follow up with something that meets those standards.  This is the case with the Oaks 1982 release Bobbie Sue. That is not to say that this isn't a very good record, because it is.  The Boys got themselves another #1 hit with the song 'Bobbie Sue'. (is there a connection between songs named after girls and #1 hits???) The second single 'I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head' was another exceptional song on this album.  But song for song, it just didn't quite match up to Fancy Free. Your best major league baseball players don't hit grand slams every time they come up to bat, mind you.

    It's been said that 'love covers a multitude of sins', and regardless of whether or not every song here is brilliant, the Oak Ridge Boys could do no wrong at this point of their career. The fans (and yours truly) couldn't get enough of them. Fortunately, to satisfy the fans appetite, the Oaks were about to start releasing albums at a rapid fire pace, much to everyone's delight.

Outstanding Cuts: Bobbie Sue, I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head (And Left My Heart Alone), Would They Love Him Down In Shreveport
Cut Outs: I Wish You Were Here (Oh My Darlin')

                                                                                                  ---Edward Wille


    This was the first album released by the Oaks following their smash hit with Elvira in 1981. Needless to say, by this time you would think that they could release a polka and still be number one. But the Boys refused to think that way, releasing a strong album full of great production and tight vocals. Of course their "runner up smash," "Bobbie Sue" is on this album, but it also includes "I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head," as well as a few covers ("So Fine" and "Up On Cripple Creek"). Overall, GREAT album!

                                                                                                                       ---Kyle Boreing