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I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail

Buck Owens

1965

I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail

Album Summary

I've Got a Tiger by the Tail is an album by Buck Owens and his Buckaroos, released in 1965. It reached Number one on the Billboard Country charts and Number 43 on the Pop Albums charts.It was re-released on CD in 1995 by Sundazed Records with two bonus tracks, both live performances recorded in Bakersfield, CA at the Civic Auditorium in October 1963. The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.83

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4620

Genres

  • Country
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Fri Jan 01 2021
2

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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Tue Mar 23 2021
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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Mon Mar 29 2021
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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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

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

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

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

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Wed Aug 18 2021
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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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Loved it!

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 17 2021
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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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

"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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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

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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Wed Mar 02 2022
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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Wed May 18 2022
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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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

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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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

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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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

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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Thu May 20 2021
1

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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Mon Sep 27 2021
1

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
1

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

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Fri Feb 04 2022
1

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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Mon Oct 19 2020
5

(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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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

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

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Thu Nov 25 2021
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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Thu Nov 25 2021
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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Sun Nov 28 2021
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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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

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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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Idk why I like it but I do

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Sun May 29 2022
5

ihaaaa

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

Very well executed country music. Nice little stories in many of these songs and masterful guitar accompaniment. The playing was never too much or too little.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

хорошо (?)

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Thu May 20 2021
4

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

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Sun Mar 07 2021
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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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Good ol folksy sound. It was fun

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

cool country album. reminds me of something pap would like

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Thu May 20 2021
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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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

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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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

Very fun album.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Best one so far

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Sun Feb 28 2021
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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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

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

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

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

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Fun listen

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Thu Sep 02 2021
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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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

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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Fri Sep 17 2021
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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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 11 2021
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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Thu Nov 11 2021
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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

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

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

I liked this its a very upbeat and cheerful album

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 09 2021
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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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Country

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

country não me pega mas esse tem qualidade

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

sardade do meu texas

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Mon Apr 25 2022
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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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

My Dad loves this guy. Classic hometown jesus country.

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Thu May 05 2022
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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Sun May 22 2022
4

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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Thu May 26 2022
4

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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Fri May 27 2022
4

Love it. Great old fashioned honky-tonk. Tons of fun.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

A great example of Owen’s Bakersfield sound and an essential part of music history. Country rock, as it became know in the late 60s and early 70s, likely doesn’t exist in the same way without this. It will not seem revolutionary to new listeners, and I play other examples of the Bakersfield sound much more often (Dwight Yoakam), but worthy of the list and and a listen or two.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Solid old country.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Country.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

God I love honky-tonk. 4

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

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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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

ive got a tiger by the tail is a banger

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Sat May 22 2021
3

a fun country album.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

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

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

an oldie

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Thu Apr 08 2021
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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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Pretty bouncy

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Solid, but maybe a little too old times for me

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

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

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

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

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Wed May 05 2021
3

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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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

false

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

I got a tiger by the tail, es como country

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Wed Jun 23 2021
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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Wed May 12 2021
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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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Really fun listen this. Would listen again.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

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

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

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

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Wed May 12 2021
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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Fri May 21 2021
3

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

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

It was alright for the type of music.

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Mon May 17 2021
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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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

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

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

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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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

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

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Thu Aug 05 2021
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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Fri Aug 06 2021
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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Mon Aug 09 2021
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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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

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

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

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

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

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

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

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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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

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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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

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

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
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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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

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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Thu Nov 25 2021
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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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

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

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Mon Dec 06 2021
3

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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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

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

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Just kinda fine. 6/10

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

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

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

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

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

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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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

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

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

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

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

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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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Nice

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Country. Ni fu ni fa.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

So cliche

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Wed May 04 2022
3

countryzão das antiga, legalzinho

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Old timey honky tonk but surprisingly enjoyable. 6/10

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Wed May 18 2022
3

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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Sun May 22 2022
3

Good classic country that is just fun to listen to. Nothing to special on it, but it just puts a smile on your face and is an easy listen.

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Mon May 30 2022
3

Was alright.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

I liked this more then I thought I would

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Refreshing to hear an album that was completely unknown to me

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

I’m kind of a sucker for the rock-a-Billy stuff

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Sun Jun 05 2022
3

Nemam ništa protiv ove glazbe.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Well quite a fun and light record - nothing particularly amazing but a solid listen.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

This is such a left field album for me that I didn’t know how to digest it. But it grew on me as I was listening: sure, country music isn’t my thing, but there’s good music to be experienced through this album. Call it an interesting surprise, but let’s agree to keep it a one off. P.S. “First thing is matrimony next thing is alimony” (from Wham Bam) surely qualifies for a top cynicism award.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

I can’t help thinking of HeeHaw when I listen to this. I do think it’s a good example of how C&W music is different than more traditional country music. I think it’s fine but I am not adding it to my collection.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

A very nice country album, very representative of the genre. Pleasant listening. Nothing that stands out either, though.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Good country album, nothing special, but honnest work

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Good country album, but nothing extraordinary.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Very good electric country, really dynamic, thanks to its backbeat.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

Sometimes repetitive, but enjoyable. Not the worst country out there. Favorites: "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail", "Wham Bam", "Cryin' Time"

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

This was a nice album! The title track, "Streets of Laredo," "Wham Bam," and "The Band Keeps Playin' On" were my fave tracks on this one.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

Catchy

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Not for me

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Not bad for country

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

Appreciate where a lot of country comes from buts it’s not for me

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

it was a country music album

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

3.5 stars. Good early country. Standout from original album (not including "Act Naturally") is his "Memphis" cover

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

Before listening: Man could inhale a car with that schnoz. After listening: Man could inhale a car with that schnoz and also this album is pretty good.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

This that good country

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

It’s country music

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

I hated this much less than I thought I would. So.e pretty decent songs and catchy guitar

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Fun stuff. I learned about the "Bakersfield Sound", a genre of which this album is a prime example, in one of the episodes in Andrew Hickey's OUTSTANDING podcast series -- really, I cannot recommend it highly enough -- 'A History Of Rock Music In 500 Songs'. Although I don't listen to a lot of country, Western, or similar genres, I do like some of the music in that style, and this album is enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed 'Memphis' and the lead guitar in 'Wham Bam' is great. I'll bet these are fun songs to sing with friends.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Quite good Country Album. Origins of the “Bakersfield Sound". (6/10) FT: I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail, Act Naturally, Falling for you

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

Good for what it is… 3/5

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Erkicountry frá þeim sjöunda. Skemmtilega hallærislegt og oft raular maður með. Veit ekki hvort þetta er tímamótaverk, þekki þessa sögu illa, en þetta er ekki leiðinlegt, og oft skemmtilegt. Rúmar þrjár.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

oh so country - oldie classic country

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

favourite song: act naturally least favourite song: streets of laredo dont have a lot to say about this, its not at all bad but im not a big country fan

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Didn't really like this, but generally I'm not that into country music. This especially feels like a parody of country for some reason, and I wonder if it's just because it's that ridiculously, offensively country. Sadly got old after the first few songs. Favourite: I've Got a Tiger By the Tail

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Yippee ki-yay, mothertruckers. This is boot scootin', if you're into that. I'm not but I can appreciate it for what it is.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
2

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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Mon Oct 05 2020
2

Slide guitars

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

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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Thu Sep 24 2020
2

BAF. Lähes paskuuden kuninkuusluokkaa mutta ei ihan riitä

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

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

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

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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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Country, but not bad!

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

Pretty boring. 3-4/10

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Wed May 05 2021
2

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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Mon Mar 22 2021
2

3.5

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

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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Wed May 12 2021
2

meh

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

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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Thu May 06 2021
2

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

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Mon May 17 2021
2

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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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

pretty cool but not my style

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Fri May 14 2021
2

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

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

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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Fri Jul 23 2021
2

"Good 'ole boy" music. 2.5

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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

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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Fri Aug 06 2021
2

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

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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

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

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

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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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

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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Wed Sep 29 2021
2

Goddamnit i hate country

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Mon Oct 25 2021
2

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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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

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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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

Never been a big country fan.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

5/10

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Tue Nov 23 2021
2

5/10

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

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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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

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

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Sat Jan 01 2022
2

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

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Mon Jan 10 2022
2

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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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

Very samey

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Mon Jan 24 2022
2

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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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

A bit cheesy, but good for what it is.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
2

not my type

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Sun Feb 27 2022
2

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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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

Not my vibe

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Fri Apr 29 2022
2

It shouldn't be in 1001, imho.

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Wed May 18 2022
2

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

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Wed May 18 2022
2

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

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Fri May 20 2022
2

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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Thu May 26 2022
2

Well done. Corny, but fun corny.

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