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Together Again / My Heart Skips a Beat

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When Buck Owens and his crack backing outfit The Buckaroos recorded the hit single “My Heart Skips a Beat” in early 1964, they were in the midst of one of the greatest creative and commercial hot streaks in country music history. Owens and his band honed their chops on the same rough-and-tumble Bakersfield honky-tonk scene that produced the likes of Merle Haggard, Wynn Stewart, and The Maddox Brothers & Rose. Like those performers, Owens favored a stripped-down, boogie-infused brand of honky-tonk that provided a gritty alternative to the increasingly maudlin Nashville sound. Owens and his right-hand man Don Rich were both accomplished lead guitar players who loved rock and R&B as much as they did country, and songs like “A-11” and “Close Up the Honky Tonks” sport blistering guitar breaks that draw as much from Chuck Berry as Chet Atkins. Perhaps the definitive representation of the mid-‘60s Bakersfield sound, Together Again/My Heart Skips a Beat is essential listening for anyone seeking to understand the history of American popular music.

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Includes Four #1 Country Singles!

Taking its name from the unprecedented double-sided #1 country single, the Together Again/My Heart Skips a Beat album established Buck Owens as a top-tier country artist. The two title tracks spent several weeks chasing each other up the country charts in 1964, even switching the #1 and #2 positions in consecutive weeks and then switching back again! Beyond those two classic tracks, the album is filled with other charting singles and well-known songs like “Hello Trouble,” “A-11” and “Close Up the Honky Tonks.” This meticulously remastered Sundazed Music edition also contains two bonus tracks that happen to be two of Buck’s biggest hits. “Love’s Gonna Live Here” spent an astonishing 16 (!) weeks at #1 on the country charts in 1963 and Buck’s first #1 single, “Act Naturally,” was soon covered by his Capitol Records label mates The Beatles, who were racking up a few of their own hit singles at the time. The Beatles’ version, sung by fan favorite Ringo, helped introduce Buck and his Buckaroos to a whole new audience. Next stop, Carnegie Hall!

Real country music

I played this music on record players and I have to say it sounds great on Itunes
This is real country music even though at the time this music was considered to rock and roll
just goes to show how times and trends have changed, but the great sound that Buck Owens
and his band had will live forever Great music fun to hear it " again"

Together Again / My Heart Skips a Beat, Buck Owens & His Buckaroos
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