The Instrumental Hits of Buck Owens & His Buckaroos

The Instrumental Hits of Buck Owens & His Buckaroos

by Buck Owens


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When originally issued in July of 1965, no one either noticed or cared that in reality The Instrumental Hits was actually a compilation of tracks already available on early Buck Owens & His Buckaroos albums (except for the band's signature song "Buckaroo," which is unique to this package). Regardless of the ratio of new to recycled material, this collection amply highlights the remarkable talents of Owens and his Buckaroos. The retrospective nature of this LP allows listeners to experience the evolution of the potent instrumentalists who accompanied Owens circa 1961-1965. Although it would take several years before a stable touring and recording lineup would be forged, the strong influence and collaborative efforts of Don Rich were there right from the beginning. Whether it's with a fiddle under his chin on songs such as "Bile 'Em Cabbage Down" and "Faded Love" or dueling guitars on "Buckaroo," Rich is undoubtedly the soul of the band, if Owens is the heart. Owens -- who is most notable as a lead vocalist -- is highlighted on this release as one heck of an underrated instrumentalist. The restless grace in his picking thrusts "Country Polka," "Raz-Ma-Taz Polka," and "Buck's Polka" into orbit via the trademark full-toned electric C&W feel that would ultimately create the Bakersfield sound. This compilation should not be missed.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/1995
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771604927
catalogNumber: 6049
Rank: 45631

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buck Owens   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Red Simpson   Guitar
Tom Brumley   Pedal Steel Guitar
George French   Piano
Ralph Mooney   Guitar
Bob Morris   Electric Bass
Don Rich   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Electric Guitar
Bobby Austin   Electric Bass
Willie Cantu   Drums
Doyle Holly   Guitar,Electric Bass
Jay McDonald   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Pierce   Electric Bass
Ken Presley   Drums
Jelly Sanders   Fiddle,Guitar
Buck Owens & His Buckaroos   Track Performer
Mel King   Drums

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Arranger
Ken Nelson   Producer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Billy Jack Wills   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer
Vonie Morrison   Composer
James Wills   Composer

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