- BUCK OWENS: YOUR TENDER LOVING CARE: 1967: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Back when I was a kid- I am talking under 10- Buck Owens was my Beatles. The first concerts I went to was my grandparents taking me to see Buck. I had some of his albums back then but of course those are long gone. I have most of his cd’s now but no vinyl until I came across a few a couple weeks back. This is Buck in his prime- the mid to late 60’s. A very solid album- hits- Sam’s Place, Your Tender Loving Care- both #1 country hits.
- BUCK OWENS: AIN’T IT AMAZING GRACIE: 1973: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The real gem here is Streets of Bakersfield. A little past his peak years-the title track was a #14 country single hit. Don Rich was still there- he would die tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1974. After Rich’s death it wasn’t the same.
- GLEN CAMPBELL: GENTLE ON MY MIND: 1967: This was Campbell’s big break though album and single. He had released five albums previously but was best known as a crack session musician. None of his previous albums had even charted and he only had a couple minor hit country hits. This album went to #1 country and #5 pop. Gentle On My Mind the single only hit #30 country which is shocking. Interesting album- he covers Donovan, Harry Nilsson, Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers to fine results. Not what I’d call a pure country album-country-folk-pop. Always thought Glen was underrated.
- BUCK OWENS AND HIS BUCKAROOS: I’VE GOT A TIGER BY THE TAIL: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Buck at his absolute peak- the first song I remember loving was I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail at age 5. I thought it was about a tiger. The song was a #1 country hit and #25 on the pop charts. Great songs and a great sound- Don Rich and his telecaster really stands out. The Bakersfield Sound at its best.
- BUCK OWENS AND HIS BUCKAROOS: BEFORE YOU GO/ NO ONE BUT YOU: 1965: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Buck Owens had 9 #1 country albums in the 1960’s- this was another one of those. Not quite as sparkling as I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail which had been released four months earlier.
- KENNY ROGERS: THE GAMBLER: 1978: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Have never been a Kenny Rogers fan- but I do love one of his songs- The Gambler.
- DIAMOND CUTS: 7TH INNING STRETCH: 2004: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: More baseball songs- about Warren Spahn, Pete Rose, Herb Score, Curt Flood, Babe Ruth- and Harry Caray singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”- Steve Goodman’s A Dying Cub Fans Last Request”- and many others.