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The Very Best of Buck Owens & Susan Raye

Buck Owens & Susan Raye

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Album Review

Although singer Susan Raye had some solo success on her own in the late 1960s and early '70s, her biggest successes were duets she recorded with country icon Buck Owens during that time span, and the two had a natural affinity together. This 14-track set collects key cuts from the pair’s three duet LPs on Capitol Records, including five tracks from We’re Gonna Get Together (1970), five from The Great White Horse (also originally released in 1970), and three from 1973’s The Good Old Days (Are Here Again), and it adds up to a nice period portrait of a great singing partnership. It’s also, amazingly enough, the first time most of these tracks have appeared on CD.

Biography

Born: 12 August 1929 in Sherman, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Buck Owens, along with Merle Haggard, was the leader of the Bakersfield sound, a twangy, electricified, rock-influenced interpretation of hardcore honky tonk that emerged in the '60s. Owens was the first bona fide country star to emerge from Bakersfield, scoring a total of 15 consecutive number one hits in the mid-'60s. In the process, he provided an edgy alternative to the string-laden country-pop that was being produced during the '60s. Later in his career, his musical impact was forgotten by some...
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