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I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail

Buck Owens

1965

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I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail

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2.8

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The importance of this album can't be overstated. Owens and Don Rich (along with Merle, but never mind that) pioneered the honky-tonk sound that influenced generations of country musicians, and nearly every song on this album has been covered many times over. One of the major issues with this album is that in almost every case, the covers are better than the originals. It speaks well of the songwriting that so many people wanted to sing these songs, but I can't help but think that an album with the best version of each song would be exponentially better. The other issue is that the audio production is downright awful. Much of the singing is distorted and occasionally gets drowned in the mix. The panning is all over the place, to the point of being distracting. I know they were still getting used to mixing boards in the 50s, but I don't think we should be grading this on a curve. Best track: Streets of Laredo

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5

Its fun! Yea i like this Bakersfield sound. Good one two punch on this album. Yea this was a great honky tonk album

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5

Buck Owens had his share of country hits prior to the release of I've Got a Tiger by the Tail and the hit single that spawned it. But "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" was Owens' national breakthrough, featuring everything right about his Bakersfield honky tonk sound sweated down to a 2:12 single that proved to be an irresistible piece of crossover magic to non-country fans without diluting his basic sound one iota. This 14-track LP brings together the original Capitol tracks from that album (which also included the hit "Cryin' Time," later to be a crossover hit of its own when recorded by Ray Charles), along with two extra tracks. These are live versions recorded in Bakersfield at the Civic Auditorium in October 1963 of "This Ol' Heart" and "Act Naturally," taken from the Capitol anthology album Country Music Hootenanny. The sound of Don Rich is all over this album, with his signature biting Telecaster guitar style, plus his vocalizing on "Wham Bam" (which features Owens on lead guitar) and a feature with Buck on a duet of Chuck Berry's "Memphis." Bass player Doyle Holly handles the vocal chores on "Streets of Laredo," while Don Rich's fiddle work is highlighted on the instrumental "A Maiden's Prayer." But ultimately it's Owens' show, with tracks like "Trouble and Me," "We're Gonna Let the Good Times Roll," "If You Fall Out of Love with Me," "The Band Keeps Playin' On," and the ballad "Let the Sad Times Roll On" being classic examples of Owens' Bakersfield honky tonk sound at the height of its freight-train rumbling powers.

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5

I have always wanted to get into country music and boy was that a treat

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5

An excellent example of the early Bakersfield sound. Toe-tapping greatness.

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5

some things haven't aged well (wham bam thank you ma'am) but this album is a classic, buck and the band show a lot of range

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Loved it!

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Hadn’t heard this since I was a little kid in Texas. Cute and historically noteworthy, but not my go to

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4

Very simple, though the music is deceptively complex. Just a solid album that flies by at a clip 4/5

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"Put a quarter in the jukebox and let the sad times roll on!" While country music hasn't found it's way onto my playlists much for a few decades, I do believe I can tell good country music from bad. And Buck Owens is good (shame about Hee-Haw). As an added bonus for me, The Streets of Laredo is an eclectic outlier and I didn't realize until this listening, the connection with the Irish ballad popularized by Eric Bogle and The Pogues!

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Niezbyt czesty gosc na liscie, bo hamerykanie country i to jakie, jeden z najsolidniejszych materialow jaki slyszalem, ale tez nie slyszalem za duzo, a to dlatego ze prawie zawsze sa problemy z jakoscia takiej muzyki, jesli chodzi o strone techniczna, nagrywane w latach 60, przez artystow ktorzy w karierze wypuszczali XX albumow + XX singli, wiec nagrywane bylo to zazwyczaj na szybkosci, co nie zawsze idzie z jakoscia, a tak tutaj dzwiek jest tak czysty, zadnych trzaskow jakby nagrywany juz w erze digitala, wiec bardzo pozytywne zaskoczenie juz od sameo poczatku, ale na tym nie koncza sie dobrocie ktore sa zawwarte na tym 32 minutowym materiale, 14 trakow, wiec bardzo typowe countrowe 2 minutowe traki, ale jakie to jest country, dokladnie takie i jakim mysle o dzikim zachodzie, koniokradach, pladrowaniu wiosek i kowbojskim stuffie, a co tworzy ten unikalny efekt, podczas odsluchu dowiedzialem sie, ze jest to wykorzystanie beatu, nie wymyslnego jak w churchowych spiewach opartego na chorkowaniu, ale prosty beat lamany na 2-4 najczesniej, na pedale gitarkowym czy nawet naczyms swanym pedal steel guitar, co na polacki daje odmiane gitary hawajskiej, wlasnie ten beat buduje atmosfere po ktorej plynie pan Owens ze swoimi urzekajacymi wokalami, na najwiekszych kowbojskich szlagierach i kilku wlasnych kompozycjach, dwa traki sa spiewane przez innych czlonkow bandy, tutaj performens Doyla Hollyego zrobil na mnie najwieksze wrazenie na traku streets of laredo, ktory takze jest trakiem must have na plejke, dodatkowo tytulowy tygrysiak za ogon wlatuje

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4

Absolutely 100% the kind of country music that I LOVE. That steel guitar is awesome. Buck having fun with his lyrics. Just excellent stuff. I feel like I've been too hyperbolic lately, and I can't see myself listening to this every day, so I'm going with 4 stars. In my heart right now it's a 5, but cooler heads must prevail.

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4

I could listen to this album over and over again. A couple songs I’d skip, but almost every one is fantastic. On the other hand, my wife absolutely hated it and made me turn it off in the car.

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If you applied nudge theory to a music shop and I was the target audience, you'd put cornball country wearing a semi-respectable suit at eye-level right before the checkout. In other words, I liked it. Not one of the 1,001 best albums ever, but an important artist from the non-album era, so worth including. And for that reason, I'm rating it high.

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Eugh I'm sorry but its all so samey. Affirming my confusing relationship with country. I just don't know how much I like it really, and that seems to be an unpopular opinion

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A lot of this sounded like a parody of a country album. Not for me I'm afraid

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This album physically transported me back to when I was 13 and wore crocs to the Country To Country music festival at the O2 with my aunt and grandparents. Country Bear Jamboree energy but instead I wanted to punch them all.

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(5 stars) yasss country! and look at that album cover every song, im like, ok this one's my favorite aaaa it just keeps getting better and better!

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5

I don't even like country, but that was a very enjoyable album.

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5

I knew Buck Owens from Hee Haw and the Grand Ol' Opry, but have never sat and listened to one of his albums. I'm glad I have remedied that deficiency. This is great classic country performed by great musicians with great country themes. Lots of heartbreak, but nary a hint of gun violence or misogyny that seems to have become more common in later years. I have always loved the song "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail." It sounds as good as ever. "Trouble and Me" seemed familiar too - it's a great song! I liked the juxtaposition on side A of "Let the Sad Times Roll On" and side B "We're Gonna Let the Good Times Roll." Visiting all the emotional stops on this train! "Wham Bam" is a great song about staying single. Very clever chorus and a lot of fun! Other highlights I enjoyed included the deep bass vocal in "The Streets of Laredo." "A Maiden's Prayer" had great fiddling. And they did justice to "Memphis." The two extra live tracks were fine additions to the original album. "This Ol' Heart" and "Act Naturally" are great songs performed so well! I would have loved to have seen Buck perform live. Really fun listening to this - some good old fashioned country from a master who shows us how it's done!

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5

This good, old-timey country music was a good old time! I loved his original songs (title track), the classics "Streets of Laredo" and his take on Chuck Berry. I love the classic steel guitar sound. This was well worth pulling off a dusty shelf!

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5

The Bakersfield Sound at its finest. Buck brings so much energy and spirit to country-western music that you can't help but smile and want to dance with your best girl when he belts out his choruses.

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Buck Owens was a pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound and this album is a phenomenal example of it. Buck Owens is extremely expressive and melancholic which makes his music very effective. This album is essential for anyone who wants to understand the history of popular music.

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5

Idk why I like it but I do

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4

Great album. Listened to a lot of Roger Miller growing up, and Buck is definitely a contemporary of Roger.

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4

Now that’s what I call Country, Vol 1. This is a really good album, I’m not much of a country guy, but this had some really good hits that get stuck in your head. Wham Bam, favorite

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4

Good ol folksy sound. It was fun

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4

cool country album. reminds me of something pap would like

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4

I got so hyped to see an old country album on here, more please! I'm not sure I've heard Buck Owens (or his Buckaroos) before, but the title track is a certified banger. Lots of other great tunes on here too. I love the vocal performance on "Streets of Laredo," it sounds like a completely different person. This is basically an emo album. I'm realizing that most classic country singers latch on to heartbreak and cry about it as loudly and melodramatically as possible. I dig it. Great job, Buck. Born in Sherman too, what a world! Favorite tracks: I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, Streets of Laredo, Let the Sad Times Roll On, Cryin' Time. Album art: Just your typical portrait cover from the '60s, nothing unique aside from the bedazzled white leather jacket. Also that stencil font makes me laugh. 4/5

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J.aimme le cou try et j’au de la misere a dinner une mauvaise bote. C’est aussi bon que les bon albums de country que j’ai 3coute. 4*

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4

Very fun album.

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Best one so far

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4

I have a soft spot for vintage country music, and Buck Owens plaintive harmonies and his guitar player's (Don Rich) twangy telecaster do it for me.

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I’m a big fan of this. My toes was tapping a whole lot.

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Das erste von angeblich sehr vielen country Alben, ist okay, ich hasse country nicht, ist ganz nett

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4

Fun listen

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4

I wanted to hate this as I don't like country music as a rule. However, this was pretty enjoyable to have in the background as I was working. Found myself nodding along even on the first listen. Corny lyrics from the 60's, strumming guitar, toe tapping g'damn country music. Sigh. 3.8/5.

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well, i was predisposed to liking this purely because buck shows up in that creedence song. pretty sure i'd heard SOMEthing by him before, but i couldn't tell you what. it was largely what i would've expected...EXCEPT i had absolutely no idea that my favorite johnny rivers song was his (memphis), or that the beatles covered act naturally - i thought that was theirs from the start. so that was a super cool discovery.

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4

Enjoy old country a lot and think the historic importance of this album helps elevate it to a 4 for me.

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4

I love how economical all the songs are. I was surprised at how many of these I recognize.

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4

A great little album. He's happy or he's sad and he's not afraid to sing about it.

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4

Been into country music lately and I really enjoyed this. I like the more stripped down arrangements. Really well balanced. If this is a prime example of the Bakersfield sound, I'll take more where that came from.

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4

Really satisfying sound, I am a sucker for country western when it's done well.

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I liked this its a very upbeat and cheerful album

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I liked listening to this. Even the songs that are sad made me happy. I doubt that I'll listen again but I enjoyed being here for a while.

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4

I liked this. It was simple and nice. I don't really know Country, but I would like to call his Classic Country.

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Country

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country não me pega mas esse tem qualidade

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sardade do meu texas

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4

So good, so deserving of broader awareness and appreciation and so damn fun. Tight playing and witty lyrics. “Let the Sad Times” and “Wham Bam” are faves. Thanks to Dwight Yoakam for keeping the torch alive.

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4

My Dad loves this guy. Classic hometown jesus country.

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4

I'm pretty disappointed. Lots of heartache, but not one dawg! No trucks! I had to laugh at some of the lyrical content, but found it highly enjoyable.

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Country music is the music genre that provides the most evidence towards Sturgeon's law. For those who don't know, the Sturgeon in question was the science-fiction author Theodore Sturgeon, who once wrote a novella called Killdozer!, where the antagonist is a sentient, killer bulldozer. The (possibly apocryphal) tale goes that Sturgeon was conducting a Q&A at a science-fiction convention, and one participant asked him if science-fiction was really a legitimate field of literature, stating truthfully that 90% of science fiction was, well, crap. Sturgeon immediately shot back, "Ninety percent of everything is crap!" This is now known as Sturgeon's law. I dn't think it's too much of a revelation to anyone that a jumbo proportion of music released under the country banner is crap. This has affected even the most beloved and esteemed of country artists: you don't measure Johnny Cash's discography by the number of records, you measure it by the yardage it spans, and nobody that prolific could make every song a pearler. Indeed, Rick Rubin rejuvenated Johnny Cash's career by encouraging him not to just bash out albums like trainers, but to focus on polishing his work until the album shone like a diamond. Anyway, Buck Owens was similarly generative, producing 20 studio albums, two holiday albums, three live albums and six compilations in the 60s alone. Who has the energy to go through all of those? Are some of those albums corkers? Certainly. Are some of those reeking? Probably. Anyway, some people just don't like country music. They dislike the instrumentation, they dislike the perceived cornball sentiments, they dislike cowboy boots, they dislike the unfortunate cultural baggage some country has been saddled with, they dislike the unabashed forays into novelty records, they dislike the need to sift through crap in order to find the worthwhile nuggets. Thankfully, I've Got a Tiger By the Tail is replete with nuggets. It's a straightforward, unpretentious good time. Of course, it's country, so much of the album deals with melancholy and heartache, which is great in itself, but the listener will be grateful that the album is leavened by rock 'n' roll additives and a healthy splash of wit. It won't persuade anyone disinclined towards country, but let them be content in their missing-out. It can't quite raise my spirit enough to warrant the full 5 stars, but don't worry about that: it delights enough.

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A refreshing change of pace. I don’t listen to a lot of country, but this is the type of country I like (traditional/honky tonk). I thought this was a solid album from start to finish. I’m not sure if I’d listen to it again but I did really like it.

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Pretty stock standard country/western. One or two songs are indistinguishable from a few others, and there's one track that really feels like a Sam Cooke track. Not bad, just a few tracks I really remember. Favorite tracks: "If You Fall Out of Love With Me", "Act Naturally"

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ive got a tiger by the tail is a banger

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3

a fun country album.

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This was a great classic country album! It was fun and poppy, but then also had some sad but tough cowboy songs.

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3

Very "of the era". A bit like Marty Robbins, but less catchy.

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3

an oldie

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3

A bit too simple to be amazing, but still a good listen. I like his sound, but his lyrics are a bit wanting. But CRYING TIME.... so good

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3

Pretty bouncy

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Solid, but maybe a little too old times for me

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I like the guitar and slide guitar. Feels like I’m eating at a BBQ restaurant.

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would never have listened on my own but it was enjoyable.

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A little cheesy, but I had fun. This is the kind of country that I ca respect, even if it’s not something I would listen to all the time Favorite tracks: “I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail,” “Falling For You,” and “Act Naturally”

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false

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I got a tiger by the tail, es como country

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3

3.4 - Twangy. Classic country meets pop songwriting. Amazing electric guitar solos, pretty slide guitar fills, sweet vocal harmonies. Buck Owens sings with that clear country twang. Not so rich with storytelling, more about conveying a feeling within a 2-3 minute pop song format.

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3

if anything sounds exactly what you think it will by the cover.... 60's country. Some good / some shite. 3

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3

Really fun listen this. Would listen again.

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3

Ole Buck Owens.... was a fan to his music

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3

rien a foutre, 3/5 et change moi cette chemise ridicule

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3

A decent Country Western album, but not my favorite country sound at all. There were some pretty nice tunes on here though!

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3

Unusual music style. Enjoyable to listen to, will probably not listen again.

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3

It was alright for the type of music.

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3

I liked the album and could hear a lot of previous country influence from some of my fav artists in the genre. Buck has a very unique voice which made this an interesting listen, but I'm pretty picky with country so I'll rate 3/5

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3

Not really my vibe, but glad I listened. Might throw on at a pool party.

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Не являюсь постоянным слушателем кантри, да и в целом это кажется первый кантри альбом который я послушал от и до. Большинство песен цепляют исполнением и аранжировкой. Начав альбом с заглавной песни, Бак Оуэнс теряет динамику и со временем альбом теряет планку которую поставил.

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3

hmm, not a huge fan of country but it was good. 2.5 / 2.7?

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3

Not my favorite, but a cool southern/western sound. Tons of steel guitar, would be fun to listen to at a camp sight or something haha

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3

I guess I didn't mind this at all, though it's not so much much thing, my Countey palate being pretty limited. It's certainly well done for what it is, though I think the lyrics are over-reliant on a particular style of wordplay, and the sort of emotional range is pretty shallow.

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3

Totally. It my thing. But it has a few songs that seem like they've become standards. 3.5 stars

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3

Yep. Liked that, a good ol' slice of honky tonk.

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3

Twangy as all hell. Works great if you don't take it too seriously.

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3

Buena voz. Estilo retro. Country americano en su pura esencia.

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this is the kind of old country music I actually can enjoy. Really liked the sad country ballads at the start, but a whole album of them (even only 35 minutes) still felt long. These tunes need to be interspersed with some other stuff.

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One word Wednesday = dated Country pop rock crooning like this was popular with my dad, so I heard some of this growing up. Not my favorite, and I don’t think that the covers measure up to the originals. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Listworthy = 👍

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3

Enjoyable but slightly *too* country, you know? I really like the title track

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This was probably the most standard 60s country album I've ever heard. It was by no means bad and had some good tracks but nothing stood out to me. With Marty Robbins, I'll always remember his biggest songs but I likely won't remember as much about this album. Fav songs: streets of laredo, cryin' time

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3

Buck sure does a lot of rollin' and fallin', as well as occasionally dyin', on this record. Sad times roll on, as do the good; fallin' into love and out of it. Someone needs to reorder this into a consistent narrative. Ain't gonna be me, though.

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Thought I'd like it more than I did. I do appreciate this old country-western style though, but nothing stuck for me.

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This is C&W at its most original, not my favourite genre but still not offensive. I find the songs very “samey” guitar, vocals and the occasional violin/viola. Interesting to see how C&W has changed in 50 years, Lady antibellum, John Mayer and Taylor swift owe their success to this but are a million miles away from this

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3

I am familiar with Buck Owens and some of the tunes on this album. It is some classic country, which I have some appreciation for, but it doesn’t usually thrill me. I had a job when I was younger where I spent many hours dubbing carts of classic country tunes. I enjoyed the exposure to that generation of music, but it did become boring at times. I think this album caused some flashbacks to those days. Perhaps once in a while I will call up a few of these tunes, but as an album listen, I don’t think so.

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3

It's alright, kinda interesting with the progression of songs

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I don’t listen to a ton of country, but I have always had a soft spot for Buck Owens. He has a crisp, classic sound with catchy melodies and a vocal style that’s really heartfelt and earnest. Not every song on “Tiger” is a winner, but several of his very best are on here. Overall, this was a breath of fresh air. Fave Songs: I've Got a Tiger By the Tail, Cryin’ Time, Let the Sad Times Roll On, Fallin’ For You, Trouble and Me

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3

Very influential album. Songs are good, but very old honky-Tonk country.

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6/10. Seemed like pretty solid old timey County. Not really my style, but well executed

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6/10 nice performance but I didn’t like many of these songs

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I'm generally not a fan of country music, but I don't mind some older country from the 50's and 60's. On this Buck Owens record, you can hear how influential this music was to aspiring musicians at the time. The tunes are fun and even I can listen to some hillbilly music sometimes.

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3

A lot of good not great songs. Some great guitar parts but nothing too dynamic

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Not my thing at all but it's was good enough for a 2.5

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Somewhere in the multiverse is a me quietly wiping down a bar off an isolated state road while two people play darts off in the corner and this album plays overhead

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Nice

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3

Country. Ni fu ni fa.

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3

So cliche

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countryzão das antiga, legalzinho

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Old timey honky tonk but surprisingly enjoyable. 6/10

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I listen to album a few times and I've wanted to love it but it never seems to stick. If I'm going to listen to Buck Owens it's going to be a compilation album.

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Cool for what it is, and if you like old County. One of the inventors(?) of the sub genre "the bakersfield sound"!

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Slide guitars

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This was entertaining, better than most country music. But, it is still county music. It is a shame on me that I can't see past that in my score.

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BAF. Lähes paskuuden kuninkuusluokkaa mutta ei ihan riitä

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Glad I listened to this, won't listen again as Ana album but glad for the education.

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Old style country music concentrate, Closed my eyes and could have been at the Opry. Nice but not something I would listen to again.

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Country, but not bad!

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Pretty boring. 3-4/10

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The Beatles act naturally cover was stuck in my head for the rest of the day, not a bad thing, just slightly annoying

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3.5

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Mighty twangy! Very skillful music, maybe you wouldn’t sing so many songs about your woman leaving you if you treated her better

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meh

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17th June 2021 Listened throughout the day on the day of our Civil Service Live session. Very slow work day, did minimal. Off to bowling with Andy! Didn't mind it, but they do all sound a bit similar once you start getting to the end of the album. 2.5 if I could.

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A cute and simple listen - went by so quick, in a good way.

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Puha, det er svært at høre færdigt. Det er ren West Virginia-stemning. Men damnit, der er nogle der er fede. Wham Bam fx. 2 stjerner.

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pretty cool but not my style

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Not for me, its not especially memorable other than the novelty value

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Buck AND his Buckaroos? As is often the case with Buck, I need to get past the Hee Haw connection. It'll never be my go to for country music, but deserves a place on the list. But just barely. I get his influence. I get that Dwight Yokam thinks Buck Owens hung the moon. But in terms of country music, there are more deserving albums that should be on the list. Still wondering where Hank Williams is, but it's probably just that he died before the album era really took off. And that Hee Haw connection is a bridge too far, probably bumps it down a notch. Actual rating is 2.5.

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"Good 'ole boy" music. 2.5

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Country is probably my least favourite genre except for a few artists. This didn't fall into them. 2 stars as I liked a few of the lyrics

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It was okay. Upbeat and fun but not a genre I normally partake in.

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Harmless toe-tappin' fun. If there was a prize for 'earliest mention of the album title within the album', this would win.

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Enjoyable Honky Tonk. Would enjoy it if it was playing in the background whilst playing Red Dead Redemption or something

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Because I was a kid in the 70s, I watched Hee Haw every time I was at my grandma's house because, well, it was the law. I pretty much digested anything I heard in those days which in retrospect is a pretty great way to start your life don't you think? No preconceived notions, no prejudices, no concept of modern vs old vs popular vs obscure. Oh - Buck Owens was one of the stars of Hee Haw, hence my 12 second autobiography. I'd say soon after - sometime in the late 70s - my personal tastes locked heavily in to rock music and I probably didn't hear a country song outside of a K-Tel commercial for...decades. Honestly I can't properly rate this - as much as it's nostalgic to think of being ~6 and watching terrible shows like HeeHaw...I just can't really appreciate this - I play guitar; I know I can't play slide or pedal remotely like they can on this album, and so give huge credit to the musicianship - but there's a laconic sameness to all of it that I doubt I can ever get into. I'll give it 2 stars for name recognition and apologies to country lovers... 5/10 2 stars.

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i did not enjoy this album.. except the thing is shockingly i didn’t wanna rip my ears out. i mean i would never listen to it again but it’s not the worst thing i’ve EVER heard so for that i’ll give a 2… but don’t come up again ❤️

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Goddamnit i hate country

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Country hillbilly californià de la vella escola. La cançó titular és prou entretinguda, així com la versió de 'Streets of Laredo', 'Cryin' Time' o els aires rockers de 'Fallin' for You'... sembla que és tot un clàssic del seu estil... fantàstic, però a mi no m'ha deixat gaire emprempta

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So much twang. I can see this being fun if you like this kind of twangy, honky tonk country stuff. Seems like the kind of music that would be cool (briefly) in a Tarantino movie. Enjoyable in bits but a whole record was a bit much for me since this isn't a genre I love.

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Never been a big country fan.

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5/10

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5/10

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Country twang isn’t my thing but there were a few songs that edged in on rock, which kept things interesting.

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Old school country, this album is not as timeless as others from the era. Favorite Track: Act Naturally Relisten: No

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Country Kram. Brauch man nicht unbedingt. Gibt ältere Sachen die bestimmt besser sind.

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Country turned up to 11. I keep trying but old country qnd i don't get along. +1 star for comittment to countryness

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Very samey

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I'm not in to most country music so this wasn't really for me, but it was interesting to listen to. There were a couple songs I did really enjoy, but mostly not to my taste. 2.5/5 stars

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A bit cheesy, but good for what it is.

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not my type

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I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail by Buck Owens and The Buckaroos (1965) My first experience of Buck Owens was in 1968, watching him Sunday evenings on the television show Hee Haw, where he emceed silly corn pone sketches accompanied by canned laugh tracks. When his musical numbers started up, I looked for something else to do. The TV producers were pulling my leg. My second experience with Buck Owens was the fleeting reference to him in Creedence Clearwater Revival’s song “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” (Cosmos Factory [1970]), a song relating the nonsensical hallucinogenic effects of some unnamed substance. Buck Owens was being mocked, and CCR was pulling my leg. My third (and likely last) experience with Buck Owens was today, when Robert Dimery notified me that I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail is one of the 1001 albums I must hear before I die. I think he’s pulling my leg. I mean, just one look at Buck Owens’ absurdly sequined jacket and homely coprophagic grin pretty much tells the story. But just one listen to his outrageously exaggerated twang and interminably rounded vowels and diphthongs makes me clench my teeth (He doesn’t speak that way; it’s an act). However, I soldier on with determination to give this a serious listen for your benefit, dear reader. Popular country music in the 1960s was a definite niche with a circumscribed audience. It has since matured considerably, but back then, even in my late childhood, I recognized that the songwriting and arranging lacked musical creativity and was carried along only with the aid of with (barely) clever lyrics. It’s a shame, too, because pedal steel guitar and fiddle have shown the potential to be superlatively soulful instruments (“A Maiden’s Prayer”). And the 3/4 time signature (“Let the Sad Times Roll” and “Streets of Laredo”) can be expressive when it’s not boring. The opening title track “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” is mildly entertaining, and suffices for music historians as the signature song of Buck Owens. But it is sooo corny. And “Wham Bam” was a moderately obscene song based on a dirty joke already circulating in the U.S. Navy. Buck Owens co-wrote it with his ex-wife Bonnie as she was about to ‘wham bam’ off with Merle Haggard. I swear I’m not making this up. Don Rich’s tenor vocal harmony is stuck on major thirds and fifths, but it provides an essential relief from Owens’ most unimpressive solo lead vocals. Doyle Holly’s bass vocal (“Streets of Laredo”) would be even more unimpressive than Owens’ if it weren’t for the supercharged reverb in the lower register. Now the lead guitar and pedal steel riffs are skillfully done (for the genre), which is the only reason this album rates a “2” instead of a “1”. Listen especially to “Fallin’ for You” if you need evidence. On second thought, just take my word for it. Buck Owens’ “Cryin’ Time” is a good song, but please throw away this original and listen to the Ray Charles’ cover instead. Pretend that it was never done by Buck and The Buckaroos. Likewise, the Buckaroos’ cover of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis” demonstrates that they can’t do convincing rock ‘n roll. Listen to this album only after you’re already inebriated. 2/5

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Not my vibe

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It shouldn't be in 1001, imho.

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This is exactly the type of country music I don't like.

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That's some real twangy country. Too slow pace for me and in a style I couldn't connect with.

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Typische country muziek met de typische thema's. Hier en daar zit er een iets meer rock and roll nummer. Die vind wat beter

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Well done. Corny, but fun corny.

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don’t🤠really🤠have🤠anything🤠to say about🤠this🤠

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I felt like I had a tiger by the tail as I pressed play on the first song. While Buck Owens was able to sing out 32 minutes hanging onto that big cat, I wasn't so brave. Not a fan and shouldn't be on this list.

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BOOOOOO

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I thought perhaps this was a joke...April Fools? How is anyone in this day & age finding this album enjoyable? Perhaps a redneck chicken pickin Trump supporter in the good ole U.S Of Aye...but nowhere else. I’ll give it 1 Star just for the giggle factor.

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nope.

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v

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Jamás deseé que un día pase rápido para poder escuchar un disco nuevo. Que cosa que no me gusta nada el country clásico/honky tonk. Me parece espectacular para ambientar situaciones en películas/series pero jamás me pondría a escuchar un disco de este estilo. Llegué a Wham Bam y lo saqué. 3/10 ludomatics

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Shite. Couldnt even listen to a full track

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NOPE

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Oh no, oh no. Just no* *Selected tracks coming to a Quentin Tarantino film soon Let's not talk about this again, thankfully a mere 32 minutes of my life I won't get back.

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not for me

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Ooh. Bad.

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Wenn dieses Projekt mir eines klar gemacht hat, ist es, dass ich neben Ska und Reaggae auch Country zutiefst verabscheue. Nach den knapp 32 Minuten Laufzeit dieser Platte wollte ich für nichts in der Welt auch noch die Bonus-Songs der CD-Version hören. Wham bam, thank you man

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NOPE!

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Buck's face annoys me. 100% certain I could've died without listening to this one.

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“Owens' Bakersfield honky tonk sound at the height of its freight-train rumbling powers.” Nice jacket though.

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Best Song: Streets of Ladere. If I close my eyes, I can imagine I am a child. It is a hot day in Florida, and we've just stepped inside the Country Bear Jamboree. Worst Song: Wham Bam. Jesus this is the corniest shit I've ever heard. Overall: Was not expecting an unironic use of the word "buckaroo".

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Old country. Not my genre at all. Sorry.

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