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Buck & brødrene Warner
Datum: 2007-02-21

Buck Owens døde i fjor våres. De siste årene har de viktigste utgivelsene fra Bucks mange år på platemerket Capitol Records blitt sluppet av gjenutgivelsesselskapet Sundazed. Det er mindre kjent at Buck på midten av 70-tallet hadde et korterere opphold på Warner Brothers Nashville. Nå slipper Rhino Handmade disse innspillingene (inkludert brorparten av et uutgitt album) på en dobbelCD; »Buck Owens - The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings«

Her er Rhino Handmades salgsessay:

In 1974, as his Capitol contract -- and a long streak of hits -- drew to a close, Buck Owens was nonetheless thriving thanks to Hee Haw and several successful business ventures. But later that year Owens' world was turned upside down when his longtime friend and collaborator Don Rich died in a motorcycle accident. In search of a new approach to record making, Buck made two major changes: he recorded in Nashville with a group of studio musicians, and he left Capitol for Warner Bros.

Owens, along with producer Norro Wilson, also made a sharp turn away from the Bakersfield twang to take a second look at something he, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson had made careers out of ignoring -- country-pop. Buck's first two Warner releases, Buck 'Em and Our Old Mansion, laid out the differences with originals and covers of songs by The Beatles, the Eagles, and Leo Sayer. Later, in 1979, just as he was starting to doubt his new direction, he reached #11 in with “Play Together Again,” a duet with longtime admirer Emmylou Harris.

Owens began a 1982 album for Warner Bros., but never completed it. Those recordings are available here for the first time, including versions of George Jones' “Season Of My Heart” and Delbert McClinton's “Victim Of Life's Circumstances.” In the wake of the 1980s' slick “Urban Cowboy” craze, Buck revisited his stylistic roots and hit #1 with “Streets Of Bakersfield,” a duet with Dwight Yoakam, before returning to Capitol at the end of the decade. Rhino Handmade's beautiful 2-CD collection The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings is the first-ever survey of this country icon's musical reinvention at Warners.

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