Title - Sweet Rosie Jones: Remastered
Artist - Buck Owens And His Buckaroos
For those unaware, throughout Omnivore Recordings 12-year relationship with the Buck Owens Private Foundation, one request from the fans was clear and consistent—to make Bucks late-60s/early-70s releases available again as stand-alone reissues.
Omnivore is proud to answer that call and announce 9 titles to be released throughout the summer and fall of 2021.
Starting August 6th, Omnivore will put out these 9 albums, offered as standalone reissues. Each drop will consist of three albums: Sweet Rosie Jones, I’ve Got You on My Mind Again and Tall Dark Stranger, then on August 27th, they will release Your Mother’s Prayer, The Kansas City Song and I Wouldn’t Live in New York City, and then finally come October 1st, they will put out In the Palm of Your Hand, Ain’t It Amazing, Gracie and (It’s a) Monsters Holiday.
The albums will be released as they were originally issued and for the first time, appear in their original configuration on CD and Digital, mastered from the original analog tapes, and with expanded artwork and new liner notes.
Originally released in 1968, Sweet Rosie Jones was Buck and His Buckaroos third(!) album of 1968, and 10 of the 12 songs written or co-written by Owens, including the title track, which hit #2 on the country singles charts.
The only songs that did not bear his name as a writer were Swingin’ Doors from former Buckaroo Merle Haggard and from then-current Buckaroo Tommy Collins The Girl On Sugar Pie Lane.
With classics like You’ll Never Miss The Water (Till The Well Runs Dry) and Happy Times Are Here Again, the original album holds a special place in the Buckaroos run, hitting #2 on the country album charts.
Now, over four decades later, the classic album returns—mastered from the original analog tapes by Grammy®-winner Michael Graves, Produced for release by Grammy®-winner Cheryl Pawelski, and featuring expanded artwork including new liner notes from author Randy Poe (Buck ‘Em! The Autobiography Of Buck Owens).
1. HELLO HAPPINESS, GOODBYE LONELINESS
2. SWEET ROSIE JONES
3. IF HAD THREE WISHES
4. SWINGIN’ DOORS
5. YOU’LL NEVER MISS THE WATER (TILL THE WELL RUNS DRY)
6. SALLY, MARY, AND JERRY
7. HOW LONG WILL MY BABY BE GONE?
8. LEAVE ME SOMETHING TO REMEMBER YOU BY
9. THE HEARTACHES HAVE JUST STARTED
10. EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY
11. THE GIRL ON SUGAR PIE LANE
12. HAPPY TIMES ARE HERE AGAIN
Opening on the Farewell heartaches and so long strife, No more sadness only gladness of the joyous HELLO HAPPINESS, GOODBYE LONELINESS, that is backed by the lonesome stroll of the title track, the fiddle-tastic IF HAD THREE WISHES, the one-two old country step of SWINGIN’ DOORS and then we get the cheerful musical ambiance of YOU’LL NEVER MISS THE WATER (TILL THE WELL RUNS DRY) and the finger-snapping melodies of SALLY, MARY, AND JERRY.
Up next is the foot-tapping beauty HOW LONG WILL MY BABY BE GONE? which is itself followed by the lonesome yearning of LEAVE ME SOMETHING TO REMEMBER YOU BY, the lively THE HEARTACHES HAVE JUST STARTED, the album rounding out on the forthright EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY and the gently fervent heartbeat of THE GIRL ON SUGAR PIE LANE, closing on upbeat and gladsome vibe of HAPPY TIMES ARE HERE AGAIN.
In the notes for Sweet Rosie Jones, Owens biographer Randy Poe writes about Owens experience filming a music video — rare in the 1960s and even rarer for a country song — for the title track.
The director used the songs lyrics as a direct script, including filming Owens and the girl he loves by the river, the arrival of the tall, dark stranger who woos Rosie away, and her writing a farewell letter.
It was filming the final scene — in which the hero plans to drown himself because of his lost love — that concerned Owens.
Poe quotes Owens as saying, Well, about that time, I was starting to get a little bit nervous because I was thinking he was going to say, OK, Buck. Now in this scene you jump in the river and look like you are drowning.
But it turned out he just filmed this white cowboy hat floating down the river, so I was happy I did not have to get my clothes wet for the sake of high art.
Available for the first time since its original album release and for the first time on stand-alone CD and Digital formats. The reissue of these latter-day Buck Owens And His Buckaroos albums is a cause for celebration!
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