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Very Best of Buck Owens & Susan Raye

Buck Owens & Susan Raye Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We're Gonna Get Together
2. Togetherness
3. Together Again
4. Cryin' Time
5. Love Is Strange
6. The Great White Horse
7. Today I Started Loving You Again
8. I Don't Care (Just As Long as You Love Me)
9. Think of Me When You're Lonely
10. Your Tender Loving Care
11. Looking Back to See
12. The Good Ol' Days (Are Here Again)
13. Sweethearts in Heaven
14. Love Makes the World Go Around

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2011 collection from Country legend Buck Owens and his duet partner. Susan Raye's first recordings in 1970 as Buck Owens' duet partner were an immediate success. The albums We're Gonna Get Together and The Great White Horse were Top 20 hits that year, as were the title tracks to each album as well as a third single, 'Togetherness'. Buck Owens was the first bona fide Country star to emerge from Bakersfield.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Susan Raye was a solid 1970s country hit maker, but having shared peak years with Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette, her long-term fame has been overshadowed and her Capitol catalog has been neglected by the reissue industry. The last collection of her solo work, Varese's 16 Greatest Hits, was released over a decade ago, and is now joined by this selection of fourteen duets recorded with her mentor, Buck Owens. The pair recorded four albums between 1970 and 1973, launching six chart hits, all of which are featured here. The hits include Buck Owens originals "We're Gonna Get Together," "The Great White Horse" and "The Good Ol' Days (Are Here Again)," as well as endearing covers of the Browns' "Looking Back to See" and Mickey & Sylvia's "Love is Strange."

Owens had been a hit maker for over a decade when he and Raye cracked the charts as a duo. He continued to be a strong presence in the Top 10 for another five years before switching to Warner Brothers and successively peaking lower and lower through the rest of the decade. In 1970, however, Owens could virtually do no wrong; he was co-hosting Hee Haw, and the stinging Bakersfield sound he'd pioneered with the Buckaroos had broadened over the years alongside his public appeal. Owens had long been absorbing pop influences, heard here in the harpsichord on "The Great White Horse," and the rock `n' roll dynamics of the Buckaroos continues to spark up the twang. Amid all the influences, though, Owens' voice always retained its country core.

Raye proved to be an excellent traveling partner for Owens' explorations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking Back To See Buck and Susan At Their Peak July 11, 2011
By Tee
Buck Owens and Susan Raye were one of the most popular country duets of the early 1970's, he the longstanding country music superstar, she one of the most promising new female vocalists in years. Buck and Susan were not one of the most prolific of country duets of the era, recording only four complete albums together (one of them a Christmas release) but they were a serious threat to Porter & Dolly, Conway & Loretta, and George & Tammy at the time with their popular touring concert show and as stars of HEE HAW, by far the most popular country music television show of the era. They were a very good duet team although perhaps because of the limited number of duet singles they released (just six in five years, far fewer than their rivals) their duets didn't quite do as well on the charts as their solo efforts; only THE GREAT WHITE HORSE cracked the top ten but nearly every other song of theirs was a top 15 or 20 record.

This album collects all of the single releases (We're Gonna Get Together, Togetherness, Love is Strange, The Great White Horse, Looking Back to See, and The Good Old Days) plus their duet remakes of Buck's old solo hits "Together Again", "Cryin' Time", "I Don't Care", "Think of Me", and "Your Tender Loving Care" (as well as a remake of one of Buck's first hits, "Sweethearts in Heavem", originally a duet with Rose Maddox). They also do a fine job on Merle Haggard's "ToayI sarted Loving You Again", and another Owens' original "Love Makes the World Go Round". The highlights are the delightful "Looking Back To See" (probably their best remembered duet), the wistfully romantic "The Great White Horse", and the country-meets-city "We're Gonna Get Together".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice set of early 1970s country-pop July 20, 2011
Buck Owens & Susan Raye
"The Very Best Of..."
(Varese Sarabande, 2011)

A sweet collection, particularly for fans of the early-1970s heyday of perky countrypolitan/sunshine country -- this set includes tracks from three albums released by Owens and Raye between 1970-73, and includes a half-dozen Top Forty hits, including their biggest charting single, "The Great White Horse," which peaked at #8 in 1970. Wholesome and earnest, Susan Raye was a protegee of Owens, and scored several hits on her own (check out the earlier Varese collection Susan Raye "16 Greatest Hits", which perfectly compliments this one...) Raye didn't have the same hillbilly ooomph as Owens, but she held her own, and these duets have some fun moments. There's an interesting mix of new songs and country oldies such as the old Browns hit, "Looking Back To See" and a remake of the Mickey Baker pop/R&B song "Love Is Strange." Most of the songs are Buck Owens originals, and they have a classic feel -- "Cryin' Time," "Together Again," "I Don't Care" -- with songs like this, how can you go wrong? The uptempo numbers are particularly nice.

Like many Varese releases, this disc fills a gap for country fans looking to hear long-neglected chart hits and album tracks that have languished in the vaults; it's another reissue that fans will want to snap up while they can. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music)
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