Title - The Kansas City Song
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 (Its 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 & new liner notes.
Originally released in July of 1970, The Kansas City Song gave Owens another top 10 entry on the country album charts. All ten of the songs were written or co-written, by Owens, including the title track which hit #2 on the country singles charts.
It also began Buck’s run of “city centered” material, which would come to fruition later that year on the hit release I Wouldn’t Live In New York City.
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. THE KANSAS CITY SONG
2. BRING BACK MY PEACE OF MIND
3. (IT’S A LONG WAY TO) LONDONTOWN
4. I’D LOVE TO BE YOUR MAN
5. YOU CAN’T MAKE NOTHIN’ OUT OF THAT BUT LOVE
7. BLACK TEXAS DIRT
8. SCANDINAVIAN POLKA
9. THE WIND BLOWS EVERY DAY IN OKLAHOMA
10. FULL TIME DADDY
The Bakersfield sound was a genre of country music developed in the mid-to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California and Buck Owens and the Buckaroos (along with Tommy Collins, and Merle Haggard and the Strangers), were the most successful artists of the original Bakersfield sound era, and perhaps none more so than on this still-excellent album.
Opening on the upbeat tempo of the title track, Owens then backs that up with the lovingly smooth ballad BRING BACK MY PEACE OF MIND, and then we get the gently humorous (IT’S A LONG WAY TO) LONDONTOWN, then we get the pedal steel and strings of I’D LOVE TO BE YOUR MAN and the finger-snapping, bouncy and slick delights of YOU CAN’T MAKE NOTHIN’ OUT OF THAT BUT LOVE are brought forth.
Next up is the gentle hipsway of AMSTERDAM and the downbeat BLACK TEXAS DIRT, then comes the frenetic, yet controlled guitar work within the instrumental SCANDANAVIAN PLOKA, with the album rounding out on the mid-tempo, lovelorn and melancholy fiddle ballad THE WIND BLOWS EVERY DAY IN OKLAHOMA, closing on the full-on ragtime vibe of FULL TIME DADDY.
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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