Wednesday, November 27, 2013

CD & Book Review: "Buck'em!" The Latest Collection Of Buck Owens' Songs And Stories

When you think of classic country artists, you immediately think of Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson or even George Jones, but one of the most iconic men of country music was Buck Owens. His music influenced a new generation of country musicians and his songs have been covered by everyone from The Beatles to The Mavericks. Now if someone tells you that they have the best Buck Owens collection, you can simply reply with "Buck'em," the name of the newest 2CD collection of songs spanning Buck Owen entire career.

This latest collection entitled "Buck'em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967)" brings together 50 songs from the Buck Owens catalog with some never before released on CD. Disc 1 begins with six of Buck Owens earliest singles from the 1950's like "Down On The Corner Of Love" and "Under Your Spell Again," presented here in crystal clear mono. Some of the other exceptional tracks on the first disc is an alternate version of Buck Owens' top 5 country hit "Above And Beyond," a previously unreleased early version of "Under The Influence Of Love" and a live version of his first #1 hit single "Act Naturally."

Disc Two picks up with Buck Owens' fourth consecutive country #1 single as "I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)," which is also presented in mono. The two-disc collection contains 18 of Buck Owens' singles in their original mono releases. The treasures of the second disc are contained to the end with live versions of "Together Again" and "Buckaroo" from Carnegie Hall. Also the alternate versions of "Where Does The Good Times Go" and "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone" that give more insight to the well-known hits that we all have known through the years.

"Buck'em! The Music of Buck Owens (1955-1967)" was released on November 5 through Omnivore Recordings. To find out more about this release, please visit

Now this new 2CD set is only considered the companion piece to the newly published "Buck'em! The Autobiography Of Buck Owens." This 360-page hardcover contains everything you wanted to know about how hard Buck Owens worked at achieving all his fame and how he dealt with the popularity.

Owens began work on his autobiography in the late 1990s, by recording stories into a cassette recorder so that one day he would be able to tell his stories to the generations yet to come. Grammy nominated producer and author Randy Poe was given the task of assembling hours of recorded speech into what has become the ultimate book on Buck Owens. Poe does a masterful job of putting the reader in a place, sitting right across from Owens, as if he is still telling you these stories first hand. While Owens' stories end just after the turn of the milleniuim, the afterword by Poe completes the circle that makes Buck Owens a true legend of country music.

With 135 chapters, loads of pictures and a preface from friend and fellow country musician Dwight Yoakam, "Buck'em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens" is a must have for music fans. As you venture through Owen's stories you begin to get a feel of how great a human being he was and how he worked to become the biggest country music star of the 1960s.

The book was published on November 19th through Backbeat Books, in association with Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group and retails for $29.99. For more information, please visit

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