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on 19 June 2012
A 22-tracker from Buck Owens that gathers up two interesting and historical concerts. The first was given at the White House in 1968 for President Lyndon Johnson, and the second was a virtual concert that Buck committed to tape for playing during the Apollo 16 mission in 1972.
The tracks can be viewed on the mp3 download site and snippets can be heard of each track.
These recordings are principally of historic interest to Buck Owens fans of which there are many. Anybody coming new to Buck Owens and the Buckeroos would be better served by his Carnegie Hall Concert Carnegie Hall Concert if his live recordings are wanted or I've Got a Tiger By the Tail if just a sampling of the mans great talent is wanted.
Having said that, the historical link is certainly strong. Bucks lead off on the White House Concert was You Ain't Gonna Have Old Buck To Kick Around Anymore, the sentiments of which would not have been lost on President Johnson who was leaving the White House as a one term President after being undone by the Vietnam War. Strangely, when Nixon was forced from the same office in 1973, he snarled out the same title to the Press Corps with Dickie substituted for Buck. It seems Buck understood politics as well as the music industry.
The tracks recorded for Apollo included a Susan Raye duet which was a nice touch, but you will hear a fair bit of introductory chatter before each track. Obviously, this was to personalise the concert as there are several space related jokes.
Listening to the album now confirms that Buck Owens had made better versions of these tracks in the past, but that his talent was still strong. The Buckeroos still contained Don Rich and Tom Brumley and the sound is good. If you like Buck Owens you will find much to like here, what you won't find is that spark which propelled him in the early 1960s.
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