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Act Naturally [Golden Stars]


  • 1. Down on the Corner of Love
    2. Hosue Downt He Block, The
    3. Blue Love
    4. You're Fer Me
    5. Please Don't Take Her From Me
    6. It Don't Show on Me
    7. Why Don't Mommy Stay With Daddy & Me
    8. Three Dimension Love
    9. Honeysuckle
    10. That Ain't Right Baby
    11. Leavin' Dirty Tracks
    12. Right After the Dacne
    13. Act Naturally
    14. Save the Last Dance For Me
    15. Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)
    16. Above & Beyond
    17. Under Your Spell Again
    18. Second Fiddle
    19. I Know What Means
    20. When I Hold You
    21. Country Girl
    22. Will Lvoe You Always
    23. I'm Gonna Blow
    24. Higher & Higher & Higher
    25. Together Again
    26. Buckaroo
    27. Close up the Honky Tonks
    28. Hello Trouble
    29. A-11
    30. Buck's Polka
    31. Gonna Have Love Memphis
    32. Dust on Mother's Bible
    33. Sweet Rosie Jones
    34. Let the World Keep on a Turnin' (With Buddy Alan)
    35. I've Got You on My Mind Again
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GSS5277

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    His years as comedic host of Hee Haw have obscured the fact that Buck Owens was a top-notch honky tonker who, along with Merle Haggard and Owens' fiddle player turned guitar player Don Rich, helped establish the bright, rock-inflected Bakersfield sound in the mid-'60s. Having the Beatles cover one of your songs ("Act Naturally") didn't hurt things, either. But Owens wasn't an overnight success, and as this three-disc collection of his early work for Claude Caviness' Pep Records and his very first sides for Capitol Records show, his sound started out as fairly derivative. Once Rich discovered that guitar, though, and Owens began to write with a clear idea of what he was after, things really gelled. There are some nice performances here, though, including versions of "Act Naturally," "Down on the Corner of Love," "Let the World Keep on Turnin'," and Red Simpson's "Close Up the Honky Tonks," but the later hits for which Owens is known, songs like "Streets of Bakersfield" and "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" are absent here, making this set feel a bit like a warm-up act. ~ Steve Leggett

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