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Bridge Over Troubled Water CD

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Buck and his Buckaroos celebrate the sounds of Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Donovan! Includes Buck's hit version of the title song plus I Am a Rock; Catch the Wind; Love Minus Zero/No Limit , and more.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sundazed
  • ASIN: B00063MC2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Todd and In Charge VINE VOICE on April 11, 2006
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By 1971 Buck was a major star, already past the starmaking and career-defining "Bakersfield sound" that brought him so much fame and attention, and was deep into consolidating that fame with Hee-Haw and with shrewd California real estate and other business investments.

Buck's heart was in the right place -- updating his sound, bridging across the deep divide in America at that time between "law and order" and the hippies and counter-culture. He laid out his plea to his fans to accept these sounds and the young people who wrote them in the original liner notes, which are faithfully reproduced along with a lavish new set of notes and pictures.

That said, those familiar with Buck's music or with the originals covered here will likely not recognize the way either comes off. Dylan's "Love Minus Zero" is earnestly sung, yet sounds like nothing you have ever heard. I am a fan of the energetic bass that drives "I am a Rock," despite the bizarre juxtaposition of Buck's vocal delivering the lines. And nothing compares to the odd version of Donovan's "Catch the Wind" presented here, with a underlying Moog-like drone, though I have to say it is strangely appealing. Add to this a few originals, which do sound like late-period Buck, and you have a well-rounded time capsule of Buck stretching, looking for something contemporary, and turning in something that somehow manages to work.

Not unlike your great-Uncle crashing your pot party, you pretty much have to be a fan to truly enjoy.
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Owens was no late-comer to pop music. Even as he was redefining country music, he was open about his love of '50s rock pioneers and then-contemporary rock bands like The Beatles. So it's no surprise that by the early '70s, with the Bakersfield Sound well-established across numerous albums and tours that Owens would stretch out in new directions. The result is an album of covers and originals that highlight the deep soul of Owens' singing (and the telepathic harmonizing of The Buckaroos) while disconcerting listeners with its straight-ahead pop sound.

With "Hee Haw" expanding Owens' audience outside the country mainstream, an album of contemporary pop by a country superstar must have struck several disparate chords: outside the mainstream (and to Owens' own regular producer, Ken Nelson) it looked like a square attempting to be trendy, while blue collar country fans may have wondered where the steel and telecasters ran off to. But Owens was a canny musician who knew that some of the day's best songwriters were writing outside the country idiom, and he clearly wanted a chance to sing their words. His liner notes suggest that the folk-rock songs of Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and Donovan were really "country songs in disguise."

The album opens with its highlight, a top-ten cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The Buckaroos pick acoustic guitars and provide angelic harmonies to frame Owens' deeply soulful vocal. Additional Simon & Garfunkel covers, "Homeward Bound" and "I Am a Rock," don't fit as snugly, with the bright, snap beat of the latter at odds with the angry lyrics. Similarly, Donovan's "Catch the Wind" is too busy for its own good.
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This was, more or less, Buck Owens' "folk rock" album. Half of the songs were covers of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Donovan songs, including the hit title song. The album has a completely different sound than his previous albums, but is still quite good.
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GREAT PRODUCT!
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