Tall Dark Stranger
Already a star since the late ’50s, Buck Owens saw his star rise yet further in the late ’60s, when he started co-hosting "Hee-Haw," sold out concert after concert and cracked the country Top 10 again and again and again. His raw Bakersfield sound evolved into a broad range of styles during this time, and his experiments proved successful on hit after huge hit. This mammoth 214-track set rounds up every LP, bluegrass session, key duet and Buckaroos album of the era (from late ’69 to ’75, the latter part of his Capitol years). You’ll find a heap of previously unreleased tracks, and a beautiful 108-page hardcover book takes you to the time and place. You get more than eight hours and forty minutes of Buck Owens at his peak of fame—every existing recording from his last years at Capitol (he moved to Warner in ’76). Includes his Top 10 smashes "Tall Dark Stranger," "Big in Vegas," "The Kansas City Song," "I Wouldn’t Live in New York City (if They Gave Me the Whole Dang Town)," his hit take on "Bridge over Troubled Water," "Ruby (Are You Mad)," "Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms," "I’ll Still Be Waiting for You," "Made in Japan," "Big Game Hunter," "On the Cover of the Music City News," "(It’s a) Monster’s Holiday," "Great Expectations," "The Great White Horse" (with Susan Raye; all their duets together are here)…this entire chapter in the story of this pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound! Bear Family.
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