Buck Owens

Arms Full of Empty

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Considering the era and the album's billing as an "unforgettable collection of love songs," one might suppose that Buck Owens' 1973 LP, Arms Full of Empty, is a pop-oriented collection of schmaltzy ballads. Fortunately, that's not the case. Owens sticks to his trademark style and every song on the album was written solely by Owens, with the exception of "Colors I'm Gonna Paint the Town," which was co-authored by his son, Buddy Alan. The love songs are not predominately slow and the distinctive guitar leads are intact. This was one of the last albums to feature Owens' guitarist and partner, Don Rich, who died in 1974. The title track was only a minor hit, and Owens doesn't rigidly adhere to the "love" theme ("Songwriter's Lament" is about the glut of pickers and songwriters in Nashville), but Arms Full of Empty is typical of his quality approach to album-making.

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