Having already bought and reviewed the other double-CD compilations of Susan's music, this one maintains the standard of the others, but has a surprise for me in the 18-track live tribute to Buck Owens. It features a selection of Buck's hits as well as Crying time (a B-side for Buck that Ray Charles covered and had an international pop hit with) and some tracks that weren't hits. I have The Buck Owens Collection (1959-1990) , but Susan must have listened to some his albums to find the other tracks, Hearing how good they are, maybe I'll do likewise at some point. Of Buck's hits, the Beatles also covered Act naturally, with Ringo getting a rare chance to sing lead vocals (his only other was Octopus's garden).
The Buck Owens segment occupies all but the last two tracks of CD 2, and is probably the most substantial tribute ever paid to Buck Owens, yet it doesn't even get a mention in the relevant section of Buck's Wikipedia page alongside other artists who have covered his music.
CD 2 continues with a cover of Darlin' - not the Beach Boys song, but the country song originally recorded by David Rogers. It has since been covered by Frankie Miller (who had a UK top 10 pop hit with it), Tom Jones, Barbara Mandrell, Smokie and Bonnie Tyler among others. Finally, CD 2 ends with a cover of Karen Staly's Let's go to Vegas.
CD 1 contains all studio recordings and offers the kind of songs that Susan's fans expect - plenty of country with some pop songs and Irish sons too, Boy in your arms is actually a gender-adapted cover of When the girl in your arms (Cliff Richard). I don't come across many covers of songs where Cliff was the original hit artist, and I'm pleased to find one here.
There are two covers of songs that were country hits for Connie Smith, these being Once a day and I can't remember. In the booklet, it says that they couldn't remember who wrote it. A google search would have revealed that it was written by Bill and Bette Anderson, and I forwarded these details to the e-mail address on Susan's website.
This is yet another fine collection of music that Susan's fans will enjoy.