Today he's heralded as a traditionalist who rejected the Nashville Sound's pop-rock concessions, but the real secret behind Owens's enormous success is that he embraced rock & roll more completely than any other country contemporary. The 16 hits … see full wiki
He was responsible for creating what is known as the "Bakersfield Sound." He placed a total of 90 songs on the Billboard Top Country Singles charts over a span of three decades. He was the co-host of the popular TV series "Hee-Haw" for close to 20 years. And he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997. Buck Owens did it all in his lifetime and Rhino has chosen to present his very best work on 2 seperate CD's.
"The Very Best of Buck Owens Vol. 1" contains 16 of the Buck Owens and the Buckeroos greatest recordings. It is difficult to comprehend just how big a star Buck Owens was in the 1960's. Of the 16 tunes presented in this collection 10 were number one hits and 5 more peaked at number two. What is most remarkable however is that many of these tunes remained on Billboard's Top Country Singles chart for five or six months. He was truly a dominant figure at that time. And with good reason. I would have have to say that this well conceived collection is one of the best I have ever seen from Rhino. There is a nifty 12 page booklet that includes a four page biography of the man as well as notes from Buck Owens himself on each of the 16 songs included here. While I enjoyed each and every one of these tracks my favorites are songs popular in the mid-sixties including "It Takes People Like You (To Make People Like Me), "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line" and my all-time favorite Buck Owens hit record "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail." I also enjoyed the great banjo work on the final cut on this CD "Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms". The remastering job on this disc is absolutely first rate and just to allay any fears these are all the original Capitol recordings. I was so impressed with "The Very Best of Buck Owens Volume 1" that i immediately ordered Volume 2. This disc should be considered absolutely essential for any serious collection of American popular music. Very highly recommended!
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