Buck Owens / Buck Owens & His Buckaroos

The Complete Capitol Singles 1957-1966

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The Complete Capitol Singles 1957-1966 Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Omnivore first dug into the Buck Owens catalog through a pair of neo-rarities collections called Buck 'Em!, both presenting an alternate history of Buck via alternate takes, live performances, and other deep cuts. With The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957-1966, the label takes another approach, rounding up all of the original mono mixes of the A- and B-sides of the singles Buck Owens & His Buckaroos released during their prime of 1957-1966. Much of this material has popped up on other collections -- in 2006, Rhino released a lean 21-track collection of Owens' number one hits, while Bear Family boxed up all of Buck's Capitol recordings -- but this is the first time Buck & His Buckaroos have been anthologized through a chronological parade of their singles, which is how most of their fans heard them at their popular peak. As these 56 tracks roll on over the course of two discs, what's striking is how quickly Buck Owens & His Buckaroos gain momentum. Owens' songwriting gets stronger, the band grows muscle, and -- best of all -- the lean, bright, trebly mixes seem impeccably modern: Buck designed these records to cut through the compression of AM radio and, all these years later, the singles still have an electric snap that's exhilarating.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: The Buckaroos / Buckeroos 02:20 Amazon
2 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:10 Amazon
3 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:14 Amazon
4 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:07 Amazon
5 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:05 Amazon
6 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:28 Amazon
7 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:07 Amazon
8 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:20 Amazon
9 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:44 Amazon
10 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:03 Amazon
11 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:28 Amazon
12 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:30 Amazon
13 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:28 Amazon
14 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:35 Amazon
15 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:42 Amazon
16 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:25 Amazon
17 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos / Rose Maddox 02:28 Amazon
18 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos / Rose Maddox 02:34 Amazon
19 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:22 Amazon
20 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:28 Amazon
21 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:31 Amazon
22 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:13 Amazon
23 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:31 Amazon
24 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:36 Amazon
25 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:37 Amazon
26 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:48 Amazon
27 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:16 Amazon
28 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:28 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:23 Amazon
2 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:16 Amazon
3 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:09 Amazon
4 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:52 Amazon
5 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:01 Amazon
6 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:29 Amazon
7 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:28 Amazon
8 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:27 Amazon
9 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:12 Amazon
10 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:36 Amazon
11 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:14 Amazon
12 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:33 Amazon
13 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:13 Amazon
14 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:02 Amazon
15 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:22 Amazon
16 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 01:55 Amazon
17 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:02 Amazon
18 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:45 Amazon
19 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:16 Amazon
20 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:14 Amazon
21 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:20 Amazon
22 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:28 Amazon
23 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:18 Amazon
24 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:12 Amazon
25 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:30 Amazon
26 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:06 Amazon
27 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:20 Amazon
28 Buck Owens & His Buckaroos / Buck Owens feat: Buckeroos 02:38 Amazon
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