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Early Buck Owens recordings coming out

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 – 1.

Buck Owens' early recordings for southern California independent labels will be available this fall.

"Buck Owens - Bound for Bakersfield 1953-1956: The Complete Pre-Capitol Collection" will be out on Rockbeat Records on Sept. 27. The disc includes songs he recorded for Pep, Chesterfield and La Brea Records.

The 24-song reissue opens with selections from his first known session in 1953 in Hollywood, which produced two singles (Down on the Corner of Love b/w It Don't Show on Me and The House Down the Block b/w Right After the Dance) on Claude Caviness' Pico Rivera-based Pep Records. It closes with a 1956 Bakersfield session that produced singles on Chesterfield Records and an album on La Brea Records. Included are previously unreleased alternate takes including an overdubbed version of Hot Dog.

Liner notes were written by Rich Kienzle, a music historian with special expertise in West Coast country. RockBeat VP or A&R James Austin and Jim Shaw of Buck Owens' Buckaroos compiled the collection.

According to Kienzle's notes, "Buck Owens was 21 when he rolled into Bakersfield from Phoenix in May, 1951, a part-time musician and laborer who had his eye on a musical career. It would take some time. There were lessons to be learned and dues to be paid. But in the final analysis, the Buck of legend, of the raw honky-tonk vocals, catchy commercial tunes, twangy Fender Telecasters and churning, aggressive 'freight train' rhythms was forged in Bakersfield's honky tonks and recording studios there and in L.A. from 1951 to 1957."

Owens is best known for his later Capitol Records hits like Tiger by the Tail, Foolin' Around and Act Naturally. But his '50s pre-Capitol recordings find him working in a honky tonk milieu (except for the rockabilly tracks such as the 1957 single Hot Dog).

Kienzle notes, "Buck Owens was always known for his spot-on instincts. Clearly, his expectation that he'd have no recording career beyond Pep and the odd demo or two was a rare miscalculation. These raw, primal performances, blended with hundreds of hours onstage at the Blackboard (club in Bakersfield), were essentially part of a long rehearsal for the fame that came soon enough."

Songs are:

1. Blue Love (with Studio Chatter) (1953)

2. Down on the Corner of Love (Alternate Take) (1953)

3. Down on the Corner of Love (1953)

4. It Don't Show On Me (Alternate Take) (1953)

5. It Don't Show on Me (1953)

6. The House Down the Block (Alternate take) (1953)

7. The House Down the Block (1953)

8. Right After the Dance (Alternate Take) (1953)

9. Right After the Dance (1953)

10. Hot Dog (1955)

11. Hot Dog (Overdubbed Single) (1955)

12. Rhythm & Booze

13. There Goes My Love (Alternate Take) (1956)

14. There Goes My Love (1956)

15. Sweethearts in Heaven (Alternate Take) (1956)

16. Sweethearts in Heaven (1956)

17. Honeysuckle (1956)

18. Country Girl (Leavin' Dirty Tracks) (1956)

19. You're Fer Me (1956)

20. Blue Love (1956)

21. Please Don't Take Her From Me (1956)

22. Three Dimension Love (1956)

23. Why Don't My Mommy Wanna Stay with Daddy & Me? (1956)

24. I'm Gonna Blow (1956)


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