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Open Up Your Heart: The Buck Owens & the Buckaroos Recordings 1965-1968

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Look closely at the cover credit on Bear Family's second Buck Owens box, Open Up Your Heart: the subtitle makes clear this is "The Buck Owens & the Buckaroos Recordings 1965-1968," which means this seven-disc set is not limited to recordings where Buck sings lead. Everything the Buckaroos made without Buck is here along with all of his studio sessions from those four years, and that's a ton of music: a total of 12 albums released under Buck's name, along with several cuts that would appear on 1969's Tall Dark Stranger, plus the six LPs the Buckaroos cut during that time and a handful of alternate takes capped off by session tapes that eat up the bulk of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Look closely at the cover credit on Bear Family's second Buck Owens box, Open Up Your Heart: the subtitle makes clear this is "The Buck Owens & the Buckaroos Recordings 1965-1968," which means this seven-disc set is not limited to recordings where Buck sings lead. Everything the Buckaroos made without Buck is here along with all of his studio sessions from those four years, and that's a ton of music: a total of 12 albums released under Buck's name, along with several cuts that would appear on 1969's Tall Dark Stranger, plus the six LPs the Buckaroos cut during that time and a handful of alternate takes capped off by session tapes that eat up the bulk of the set's seventh disc. That's 249 tracks cut over a scant four years, the massive output proof of the huge popularity of Buck Owens & the Buckaroos in the late '60s. During this period most of Buck's LPs reached the top of the country charts -- if not, they came close, never dipping below number five -- and so did most of his singles, with "Before You Go," "Buckaroo," "Only You (Can Break My Heart)," "Open Up Your Heart," "Think of Me," "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line," "Sam's Place," "Where Does the Good Times Go," "Your Tender Loving Care," and "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone" all reaching number one. When a formula is working so well there's no incentive to change, so Owens & the Buckaroos didn't, choosing to build their brand in other areas, notably those Buckaroos solo albums but also putting a Bakersfield stamp on two Christmas albums and two gospel albums (one not seeing release until 1970), while also cutting two instrumental albums of his own and two live albums, neither of which are here because they're outside of the studio-specific scope of this set. Such strict adherence to formula means there is a lot of virtuosity but not much variety on Open Up Your Heart, particularly when compared to the restless exploration Merle Haggard displayed on his Capitol recordings during the same era. Basically, Buck & the Buckaroos locked into a high gear and never shifted, churning out music of a consistently high quality that only veers off track toward the end, when fuzz guitars are introduced into "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass." Apart from that, this is clean, crisp Bakersfield country performed by the band that did it best, the only flaw being that it's a little bit much to take in an extended sitting. So, don't listen to all seven discs of Open Up Your Heart at once -- sample liberally, a disc at a time, and Buck & the Buckaroos still sound singular instead of sounding a little samey.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051685522
  • Catalog Number: 16855

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Before You Go (2:13)
  2. 2 Getting Used To Loving You (2:23)
  3. 3 (I Want) No One But You (2:04)
  4. 4 Number One Heel (2:10)
  5. 5 Raz-Ma-Taz Polka (2:27)
  6. 6 I Betcha Didn't Know (1:58)
  7. 7 No Fool Like An Old Fool (2:48)
  8. 8 If You Want A Love (2:46)
  9. 9 Charlie Brown (2:27)
  10. 10 Steel Guitar Rag (1:51)
  11. 11 Gonna Roll Out The Red Carpet (2:15)
  12. 12 Only You (Can Break My Heart) (2:21)
  13. 13 Country Rag (2:31)
  14. 14 Bile 'Em Cabbage Down (1:50)
  15. 15 Hangin' On To What I Got (2:26)
  16. 16 Someone With No One To Love (2:21)
  17. 17 Buckaroo (2:06)
  18. 18 Faded Love (2:38)
  19. 19 Blue Christmas Tree (2:31)
  20. 20 Because It's Christmas Time (2:14)
  21. 21 All I Want For Christmas is You (2:14)
  22. 22 Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (Daddy Looked A Lot Like Him) (2:16)
  23. 23 Christmas Ain't Christmas (2:21)
  24. 24 Christmas Time's A-Comin' (1:53)
  25. 25 It's Christmas Time For Everyone But Me (2:15)
  26. 26 Here Comes Santa Claus Again (2:09)
  27. 27 Blue Christmas Lights (2:42)
  28. 28 Santa's Gonna Come in A Stagecoach (2:03)
  29. 29 Christmas Morning (1:40)
  30. 30 Jingle Bells (2:17)
  31. 31 We Split The Blanket (2:04)
  32. 32 He Don't Deserve You Anymore (3:01)
  33. 33 Sam's Place (2:02)
  34. 34 Heart Of Glass (2:13)
  35. 35 (I'll Love You) Forever and Ever (2:23)
  36. 36 I'm Layin' It On The Line (2:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Waitin' In Your Welfare Line (2:21)
  2. 2 That's What I'm Like Without You (2:52)
  3. 3 There Never Was A Fool (2:13)
  4. 4 In The Palm Of Your Hand (2:29)
  5. 5 After You Leave Me (2:29)
  6. 6 A Devil Like Me (Needs An Angel Like You) (2:12)
  7. 7 Cinderella (2:47)
  8. 8 I'll Go to Church Again with Momma (3:03)
  9. 9 Pray Every Day (2:08)
  10. 10 Love's Gonna Live Here (2:00)
  11. 11 Together Again (2:32)
  12. 12 Act Naturally (2:26)
  13. 13 I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (2:15)
  14. 14 My Heart Skips A Beat (2:27)
  15. 15 I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me) (2:11)
  16. 16 Foolin' Around (2:36)
  17. 17 Before You Go (2:11)
  18. 18 Second Fiddle (2:25)
  19. 19 Under Your Spell Again (3:10)
  20. 20 Don't Let Her Know (2:40)
  21. 21 Together Again (2:34)
  22. 22 Only You (Can Break My Heart) (2:30)
  23. 23 When Jesus Calls All His Children In (2:15)
  24. 24 It Was With Love (2:33)
  25. 25 Would You Be Ready (2:00)
  26. 26 Eternal Vacation (2:57)
  27. 27 Jesus Saved Me (2:25)
  28. 28 Where Would I Be Without Jesus (2:10)
  29. 29 Dust On Mother's Bible (3:30)
  30. 30 Satan's Gotta Get Along Without Me (2:04)
  31. 31 Tom Cattin' (2:12)
  32. 32 Cajun Fiddle (1:47)
  33. 33 You Made A Monkey Out Of Me (2:06)
  34. 34 Congratulations, You're Absolutely Right (2:42)
  35. 35 You, You, Only You (2:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Where Does The Good Times Go (2:37)
  2. 2 Goodbye, Good Luck, God Bless You (2:14)
  3. 3 Cadillac Lane (2:27)
  4. 4 House Of Memories (2:59)
  5. 5 Think Of Me (2:19)
  6. 6 No More Me And You (2:08)
  7. 7 Where Does The Good Times Go (2:21)
  8. 8 Open Up Your Heart (2:38)
  9. 9 The Way That I Love You (2:40)
  10. 10 Rocks In My Head (2:18)
  11. 11 Only You And You Alone (2:16)
  12. 12 Don't Ever Tell Me Goodbye (2:34)
  13. 13 What A Liar I Am (2:43)
  14. 14 Your Tender Loving Care (2:47)
  15. 15 Song And Dance (2:08)
  16. 16 If I Had You Back Again (2:56)
  17. 17 The Way That I Love You (2:17)
  18. 18 I'll Be Swingin' Too (2:04)
  19. 19 It Takes A Lot Of Tenderness (It Takes A Lot Of You For Me) (2:24)
  20. 20 Round Hole Guitar (2:23)
  21. 21 You'll Never Miss The Water (Till The Well Runs Dry) (2:18)
  22. 22 Something To Remember You By (2:28)
  23. 23 The Happy-Go-Lucky Guitar (1:58)
  24. 24 Tumwater Breakdown (1:54)
  25. 25 The Neosho Waltz (2:37)
  26. 26 Steel Guitar Polka (1:59)
  27. 27 Happy Son Of A Gun (2:31)
  28. 28 Seven Come Eleven (2:05)
  29. 29 Out Of My Mind (3:23)
  30. 30 I'm Gonna Live It Up (2:16)
  31. 31 If I Knew (2:37)
  32. 32 Everybody Needs Somebody (2:26)
  33. 33 I've Got It Bad For You (2:04)
  34. 34 You Left Her Lonely Too Long (3:00)
  35. 35 That's How I Measure My Love For You (2:42)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Heartbreak Mountain (2:21)
  2. 2 It Takes People Like You (To Make People Like Me) (2:04)
  3. 3 Kern County Breakdown (2:17)
  4. 4 My Baby's Comin' Home (2:31)
  5. 5 Chicken Pickin' (2:09)
  6. 6 Free And Easy (1:57)
  7. 7 Tom's Waltz (2:33)
  8. 8 Buckersfield Breakdown (2:01)
  9. 9 Love's Gonna Come A-Knockin' (1:56)
  10. 10 I'm A-Comin' Back Home To You (2:04)
  11. 11 Apple Jack (2:09)
  12. 12 Foolish Notion (2:34)
  13. 13 Night Time Is Cry Time (2:41)
  14. 14 How Long Will My Baby Be Gone (2:15)
  15. 15 Swingin' Doors (2:35)
  16. 16 Long, Long Ago (2:15)
  17. 17 Sing A Happy Song (2:39)
  18. 18 Let The World Keep On A Turnin' (2:10)
  19. 19 The Girl On Sugar Pie Lane (2:02)
  20. 20 We Were Made For Each Other (2:21)
  21. 21 Happy Times Are Here Again (2:30)
  22. 22 Sweet Rosie Jones (3:37)
  23. 23 The Heartaches Have Just Started (2:13)
  24. 24 You Mother's Prayer (3:05)
  25. 25 That Sunday Feeling (2:08)
  26. 26 Hurtin' Like I've Never Hurt Before (2:07)
  27. 27 You'll Never Miss The Water (Till The Well Runs Dry) (2:29)
  28. 28 There's Gotta Be Some Changes Made (2:37)
  29. 29 If I Had Three Wishes (2:30)
  30. 30 Hello California (2:10)
  31. 31 Highway Man (2:00)
  32. 32 I Can't Stop My Loving You (2:51)
  33. 33 Chapparal (1:58)
  34. 34 You Bring Out The Best In Me (2:51)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I'm Coming Back Home To Stay (2:15)
  2. 2 The Waltz Of The Roses (2:25)
  3. 3 Pedal Patter (1:48)
  4. 4 Down On The Bayou (1:49)
  5. 5 Pretty Girl (1:46)
  6. 6 Sad Is The Lonely (2:49)
  7. 7 Rattle Traps (1:40)
  8. 8 Leave Me Something To Remeber You By (2:32)
  9. 9 That's All Right With Me (If It's All Right With You) (2:22)
  10. 10 Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus (2:44)
  11. 11 Hello Happiness, Goodbye Loneliness (2:12)
  12. 12 Don't Let True Love Slip Away (2:50)
  13. 13 The Great Judgement Day (2:05)
  14. 14 Sally, Mary And Jerry (1:55)
  15. 15 In God I Trust (2:46)
  16. 16 Buckaroo Polka (2:21)
  17. 17 All I Want For Christmas Is My Daddy (2:52)
  18. 18 Christmas Shopping (2:19)
  19. 19 One Of Everything You Got (2:24)
  20. 20 Good Old Fashioned Country Christmas (2:37)
  21. 21 The Jolly Christmas Polka (2:15)
  22. 22 Let The World Keep On A Turnin' (2:03)
  23. 23 I'll Love You Forever And Ever (2:04)
  24. 24 A Very Merry Christmas (2:30)
  25. 25 Christmas Time Is Near (3:01)
  26. 26 Tomorrow Is Christmas Day (2:03)
  27. 27 Christmas Schottische (2:05)
  28. 28 Home On Christmas Day (2:14)
  29. 29 Merry Christmas From Our House To Yours (2:50)
  30. 30 It's Not What You Give (3:04)
  31. 31 You Let Me Down (2:39)
  32. 32 Woman Truck Drivin' Fool (2:16)
  33. 33 I Got a Letterfrom Home (2:09)
  34. 34 Pitty Pitty Patter (2:25)
  35. 35 I'm Goin' Back Home Where I Belong (2:17)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Meanwhile Back At The Ranch (1:44)
  2. 2 Tracy's Waltz (2:31)
  3. 3 Runnin' Short (1:24)
  4. 4 Louisiana Waltz (2:04)
  5. 5 Saturday Night (1:51)
  6. 6 Spanish Moonlight (2:11)
  7. 7 Too Many Chiefs (Not Enough Indians) (1:49)
  8. 8 Guitar Fandango (2:01)
  9. 9 Things I Saw At The Fountain On The Plaza When I Was Visiting Rome Or A (2:27)
  10. 10 The Gaucho Came Riding (2:33)
  11. 11 Mexican Jumping Bean (2:08)
  12. 12 Turkish Holiday (1:49)
  13. 13 I've Got You On My Mind Again (2:36)
  14. 14 I Wanna Be Wild And Free (2:06)
  15. 15 Where Has Our Love Gone? (3:03)
  16. 16 I Ain't A Gonna Be Treated This A Way (2:24)
  17. 17 Darlin' You Can Depend On Me (2:21)
  18. 18 Jesus, Jesus, Hold Me (2:13)
  19. 19 Sing That Kind Of Song (3:13)
  20. 20 Love Is Me (2:14)
  21. 21 Hurry, Come Running Back To Me (2:42)
  22. 22 Alabama, Louisiana, Or Maybe Tennessee (2:25)
  23. 23 Greensleeves (2:42)
  24. 24 Gathering Dust (2:40)
  25. 25 The Price I'll Have to Pay (2:40)
  26. 26 Aw Heck (1:52)
  27. 27 Keep On Your Keepin' On (2:36)
  28. 28 Bad Luck and Bad Weather (2:20)
  29. 29 Anywhere U.S.A. (2:14)
  30. 30 Tim-Buck-Too (2:21)
  31. 31 Georgia Peach (1:20)
  32. 32 Highland Fling (1:30)
  33. 33 Moonlight On The Desert (2:43)
  34. 34 March of The McGregor (1:36)
  35. 35 Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass (2:24)
  36. 36 We're Gonna Get Together (2:05)
Disc 7
  1. 1 White Satin Bed (3:26)
  2. 2 In The Middle Of A Teardrop (2:30)
  3. 3 You Can't Make Nothin' Out of That But Love (2:15)
  4. 4 I Would Do Anything For You (2:15)
  5. 5 Maybe If I Close My Eyes (It Will Go Away) (2:27)
  6. 6 Across This Town And Gone (2:26)
  7. 7 Where Does The Good Times Go (2:19)
  8. 8 Where Does The Good Times Go (2:27)
  9. 9 How Long Will My Baby Be Gone (2:22)
  10. 10 How Long Will My Baby Be Gone (2:21)
  11. 11 That's All Right With Me (If It's All Right With You) [Alterna (2:27)
  12. 12 Darlin' You Can Depend On Me (2:36)
  13. 13 Cadillac Lane (0:12)
  14. 14 Cadillac Lane (0:09)
  15. 15 Cadillac Lane (0:33)
  16. 16 Cadillac Lane (0:15)
  17. 17 Cadillac Lane (2:33)
  18. 18 Cadillac Lane (2:49)
  19. 19 Cadillac Lane (0:10)
  20. 20 Cadillac Lane (0:17)
  21. 21 Cadillac Lane (2:55)
  22. 22 Happy Son Of A Gun (2:39)
  23. 23 Happy Son Of A Gun (0:12)
  24. 24 Happy Son Of A Gun (0:12)
  25. 25 Happy Son Of A Gun (0:07)
  26. 26 Happy Son Of A Gun (0:11)
  27. 27 Happy Son Of A Gun (0:08)
  28. 28 Happy Son Of A Gun (2:38)
  29. 29 Happy Son Of A Gun (0:34)
  30. 30 Happy Son Of A Gun (0:16)
  31. 31 Happy Son Of A Gun (2:38)
  32. 32 Happy Son Of A Gun (2:36)
  33. 33 Happy Son Of A Gun (0:12)
  34. 34 Happy Son Of A Gun (0:17)
  35. 35 Happy Son Of A Gun (0:30)
  36. 36 Happy Son Of A Gun (2:52)
  37. 37 Toys For Tots (1:21)
  38. 38 Toys For Tots (0:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buck Owens Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Leader, Vocals
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
James Burton Electric Guitar
David Gates Leader
Anita Kerr Choir, Chorus
Susan Raye Vocals
Murray Adler Violin
Billy Armstrong Violin, Leader
Israel Baker Violin
Earl Poole Ball Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord
Arnold Belnick Violin
Tom Brumley Steel Guitar
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Assa Drori Violin
James Getzoff Violin
Lou Klass Violin
Henry Roth Violin
Albert Steinberg Violin
Jerry Wiggins Drums, Tambourine, Bells
Lawrence "Red" Wooten Bass
Billy Wright Violin
Robert Morris Bass
Walter Rower Cello
Willie Cantu Drums, Tambourine
Bert Dodson Bass, Guitar
Fiddlin' Kate Warren Violin
Sidney Sharp Violin
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
Joe Simpson Guitar
J.R. Jelly Sanders Fiddle, Guitar
Albert "Al Bruno" Bruneau Guitar, national steel guitar
Jeffrey Solow Cello
Donald R. "Ritchie" Frost Percussion
William Kurasch Violin
Doyle Floyd Hendricks Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Buddy Alan Owens Vocals
Jacky Wayne Wilson Guitar
Donald "Don Rich" Eugen Ulrich Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Gut String Guitar, national steel guitar, Fuzz Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jimmy Eugene Seals Guitar
Hixon Boranian Violin
Chuck Andell Violin
Bill Sampson Guitar
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Buck Owens Composer, Producer, Illustrations
Merle Travis Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Leon McAuliffe Composer
Tommy Collins Composer
Cliffie Stone Composer
Susan Raye Duet
Harlow Wilcox Composer
Red Simpson Composer
Earl Ball Composer
Tom Brumley Composer
Dixie Dean Composer
Bill Graham Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Ed King Composer
Ray King Composer
Bob Morris Composer
Ken Nelson Producer
Bonnie Owens Composer
Don Rich Arranger, Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Jerry Wiggins Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Rich Kienzle Biographical Notes
Doyle Holly Composer
Nat Stuckey Composer
Patrick Milligan Tape Comparison
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Jurgen Koop Photo Scanning
John Wills Composer
Jack Rhodes Composer
Don Sessions Composer
Rollie Weber Composer
Gary Wallington Illustrations
Jimmy Snyder Composer
Charlie Williams Composer
Traditional Composer
Christian Zwarg Mastering
Voni Morrison Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Hazel Houser Composer
Jerry Huffman Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Buddy Mize Composer
Bobby Warren Composer
Jerry Wiggens Composer
Kent Harrison Composer
Gene Price Composer
LeeAnn Enns Photo Scanning
Daniel Gersdorf Photo Restoration, Sleeve Restoration
Mychael Gerstenberger Artwork
John Russell Composer
R. J. Wooten Composer
Lester Morris Composer
Art Holly Composer
Buddy Alan Owens Duet
James Pierpont Composer
Maicie Owens Composer
Don Holiman Composer
Rolene Brumley Illustrations
Loudilla Johnson Composer
Estrella Olson Composer
Marjorie Cooper Composer
Hugh Raley Composer
Faye Butler Composer
Billy Spears Composer
Charles H. Anderson Composer
Artie Lang Composer
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