Buck Owens

Open Your Heart/Roll Out the Red Carpet/I've Got You on My Mind Again

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This triple-LP box set was reissued in 1970 as part of Capitol's attempt to get Buck Owens' fans to repurchase his albums without the cost of repackaging them in their original covers. These three records are among his most classic, and include a plethora of tracks that were hit singles: "Roll Out the Red Carpet," "Tom Cattin'," "I'm Layin' It on the Line," "Open Up Your Heart," "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line," "A Devil Like Me Needs an Angel Like You," "Got You on My Mind Again," "Sing a Happy Song," "That's Alright with Me (If It's Alright With You)," and two dozen others. What's remarkable about hearing these records in sequence like this is their consistency in the quality of song selection, performance, and production. Owens had some of the best-sounding records in country music history. The box is sort of generic in terms of its packaging, just a pasted-on brown cover that says "Buck Owens" all over it and three tidy LPs inside without any notes. Despite the fact that it was a budget-priced item, this is classic Owens with the Buckaroos -- featuring the truly mesmerizing Don Rich -- and these records all need to be in your Owens collection.