Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Some advice

Never pass up a Buck Owens record. I got Buck’s BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER album out of the dollar bin last week and I’ve already listened to it a half dozen times. Buck Owens jumped on the folk-rock bandwagon a few years too late with this 1971 LP but the strangely peppy version of “I Am A Rock” was worth the wait. Owens was always a rocker (the Beatles thought so); he even cut some good rockabilly songs as Corky Jones. Buck wrote a sorta pro-hippie song too.

There are a couple other Paul Simon songs but those two are not as good as Owens’ original songs. English majors might disagree but I think this one is as good a song as anything Simon ever wrote. The Buckaroos had a top 10 hit with the title song. I don’t like it very much.

There’s a Dylan cover and it’s one of Bob’s best songs, Buck doesn’t seem too comfortable with the words. He sings them anyway and makes up some of his own.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought "Corky Jones" was George Jones, but I could be wrong. Did Buck ever record a John Fogerty tune? I'd guess CCR owe him a bigger debt than any rock band aside from the Beatles.

14/9/05 9:30 AM  
Blogger KS said...

Buck was Corky Jones. George recorded as Thumper Jones. I've got some of the Corky Jones records, I'll post them when I get a chance.

14/9/05 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Never pass up a Buck Owens record."

Boy, you said it! It took me some time to learn this, but after passing on a bunch, and eventually hearing them, I learned not to judge his work by either crappy artwork, obscure titles, or '70s release dates.

The man was a finely-tuned music-makin' MACHINE!

15/9/05 10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went hog wild for buck about a year ago and have since purchased every single one of his LPs on vinyl, along with some 7"s and EPs. You literally cannot go wrong.
I don't think he has recorded any John Fogerty tunes, but I'll have to double check his late '70s and 80s stuff.

20/9/05 4:44 PM  

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