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Bound for Bakersfield 53-56: The Complete CD

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This 1953-56 pre-Capitol collection rounds up the early cuts Buck made after moving to Bakersfield but before he became a star. These raw honky-tonk gems include Hot Dog; I'm Gonna Blow; Blue Love; There Goes My Love; Honeysuckle; Right After the Dance; Rhythm and Booze , and more including lots of alternate takes!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rockbeat Records
  • ASIN: B005DZMMBC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Before signing with Capitol Records and pioneering new sounds in country music, Buck Owens recorded in the 1950s for Pep, and waxed a number of original demos. His earliest sides showed little of the invention and none of the electric sting he'd develop in his Bakersfield days; instead, the pedal steel, fiddle and piano are pushed to the fore, and Owens' voice, though easily recognized, is drawn more directly from the lachrymose honky-tonk tradition than the unique, upbeat style he'd develop in the `60s. The lack of drums and harmony vocal also distinguish these sides from those he's lay down with Don Rich and the Buckaroos a few years later.

From the start, Owens' guitar playing and songwriting caught on; he developed a relationship with Capitol for session work, and his Pep rendition of "Down on the Corner of Love" was covered by Red Sovine and Bobby Bare. By the mid-50s his session work and his live dates at Bakersfield's Blackboard club were expanding his musical vistas to contemporary pop, rock and R&B. In Elvis' breakthrough year of 1956, Owens recorded the original rockabilly tune "Hot Dog," but using the name Corky Jones to avoid offending the country faithful. Future Merle Haggard guitarist Roy Nichols added the twang, and the B-side, "Rhythm and Booze" sounds as if it were written for the Cramps to cover. Owens' last single for Pep ("There Goes My Love") continued his failure in the market, but its B-side, "Sweethearts in Heaven" was picked up by fellow Bakersfield resident Wynn Stewart.

Dropped from his label, Owens recorded a number of demos that were issued on the La Brea label in the wake of his later fame.
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Buck Owens adds his name to Country Hall of Fame artists in the news this year. Rockbeat records has recently released Bound for Bakersfield 53-56: The Complete Pre-Capitol Collection. Like Hank Williams' Lost Notebooks from earlier this year, this album is a peek into the early formative years of a country musical genius. At the peak of his career, Buck Owens influenced everybody from Merle Haggard to Creedence Clearwater Revival to the Beatles. This collection takes us to Buck's earliest recorded works and gives us some insight into his influences. As country musicians (and fans) ourselves, we often feel the tug of war between tradtional country and modern country music. Many country purists complain that country music has gone steadily downhill since the 70s. Listening to this collection reveals that the debate between traditional and modern has raged since almost the very beginning of country music itself. The cuts on this album alternate between electric telecaster-driven rockabilly (like "Rhythm and Booze") and steel guitar powered country blues (like "There Goes My Love.") In fact, many of the songs on this album appear in two versions, perhaps indicating that Buck felt pulled in two directions at this early stage of his career. But the Buck Owens who would soon become legendary managed to combine his rockabillly and country influences. The result (as in "Right After the Dance") combines the best elements of both. Perhaps that message is as great a gift as the album itself. Even in death, Buck still manages to influence us for the better.
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Nice collection of early Buck from several different labels
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GREAT PRODUCT!
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