Buck Owens

Rhythm and Booze

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Okay, it's a good title, but the brainstorming seems to have stopped there for the producers of this anonymous little disc. Much of this is material that has been reissued on other discs, such as Young Buck: The Complete Capitol Recordings, and these sets actually come with some information. But those consumers that badly need a full color blowup of the clip on Owens' overalls will want this That's Country knockoff for sure. Just don't be expecting vintage or late-period Buck Owens, complete with his goofy humor and twanging guitars and pedal steel galore. The band sound here is very much downplayed; most of the tracks are under two minutes and the entire atmosphere is pretty restrained. The rowdiest song is the title track, which is one of several that are done in a rockabilly or rock & roll style rather than straight country. "Rhythm and Booze" has definitely been picked on in terms of cover versions since this original recording, including a cut done by Austin's LeRoi Brothers. Considering the number of releases available by this artist, it is hard to figure out what circumstances might cause someone to wind up with this one. But if someone does buy this, they won't have to waste a lot of time listening to it because the entire CD is only about 18 minutes long. What a voice, though.

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