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I've Got a Tiger By the Tail
Buck Owens
I've Got a Tiger By the Tail
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1

This 14-track CD reissue By Sundazed brings together the original Capitol tracks from that album along with two live bonus tracks 'This Ol' Heart' and 'Act Naturally.' 1995.


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All Artists: Buck Owens
Title: I've Got a Tiger By the Tail
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
Release Date: 5/17/1995
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Styles: Roadhouse Country, Classic Country
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 090771604729


Album Description
This 14-track CD reissue By Sundazed brings together the original Capitol tracks from that album along with two live bonus tracks 'This Ol' Heart' and 'Act Naturally.' 1995.

CD Reviews

Buck Owens is DA BOMB!!!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can't believe I've spent most of my life thinking Buck Owens was just some corny, old guy on Hee Haw. The man ROCKS! I've only been listening to Buck for about 3-4 months and in that time I've purchased almost all of the great Sundazed reissues-this one included. Not only do you get "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" and "Cryin' Time" but a bonus live version of "Act Naturally". To be honest just about everything on this is great except "Street of Laredo" which sounds too old fashioned and "Memphis" which sounds to rock n'roll. Buck and the Buckaroos didn't need to play rock 'n roll to rock. If you're a fan of country music or '60's music or just plain MUSIC you need to check this out. Forget "Hee Haw", leave your expectations at the door and listen."
Bakersfield classic
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 03/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"By early '65 Buck Owens and the Buckaroos were hitting their stride as the best country band, and probably the best band period, in the USA. The twangy Bakersfield sound they'd pioneered was becoming increasingly effortless, and the fluency with which they applied it to their own songs, as well as covers, grew more and more assured and thrilling.Like many of Owens' efforts of this period, this album is built around the title hit single that opens side one. Owens taunts the listener with a solo callout, "I've... got... a" before Don Rich kicks in with his signature harmony, announcing the song's title and catch-phrase. The ease with which the pair stays together throughout their harmony sections, one following the other's rush or lag, is breathtaking. The same session's take of "Cryin' Time," a hit for both Owens and Ray Charles, goes down tempo, but features the same brilliant lead/harmony balance.The rest of the album includes a superb selection of Owens' originals, co-writes (with ex-wife Bonnie, Don Rich, Harlan Howard, and fellow Bakersfieldian Red Simpson), and several well-selected covers. Doyle Holly's vocal on the Western classic "Streets of Laredo" is quite a bit more moving than the corned-up version found on the Carnegie Hall disc. Tom Brumley's pedal steel and Don Rich's fiddle are especially effective on weepers like "Let the Sad Times Roll," "If You Fall Out of Love With Me" and "The Band Keeps Playin' On." Owens' public proclamation that he'd only sing country songs apparently ran afoul of the Buckaroos' cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis." Though conceived by its author as rock 'n' roll, the song finds a very country style in Willie Cantu's shuffle drumming and Owens' & Rich's duet singing. Owens' own "We're Gonna Let the Good Times Roll" shares a very similar intro and rhythm, yet no one seems to have scorned it as "rock 'n' roll."Two bonus tracks include a live performance of the Buckaroos backing Bob Morris (who later wrote "Buckaroo"), and Owens & Rich singing "Act Naturally." These 1963 recordings were made at Bakersfield's Civic Auditorium, and previously available only on a rare Capitol Records anthology.This is a solid disc full of hits and excellent album tracks that show off the power and glory of the Bakersfield Sound.4-1/2 stars, if Amazon allowed fractional ratings."
One of Buck's best
happydogpotatohead | New Orleans, LA USA | 07/06/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Tiger By The Tail" is one of the best country albums of the '60s, and maybe of all time. Unlike a lot of country albums from that period, it's not just a collection of singles and their B-sides. "Tiger" works as an album consistently all the way through, exploring a variety of moods and sounds without straying too far from Buck's solid country roots. There are almost too many good things about "Tiger" to list. The instrumental and vocal contributions from everyone are top notch. The Buckaroos never overplay and they never underplay, and all the nights on the road playing together had honed them into what was nearly the perfect country band of the era.Don Rich, the unsung hero of the Buckaroos, really shines here. He takes lead vocals on a couple of songs and does a great job, and his lead guitar and fiddle work are classic. Buck used to tell Don Rich that he ought to go solo, but he consistently refused. Rich died in a car accident in 1972, and his quality musicianship here leaves us all to wonder what might have happened if he'd taken Buck's advice and tried it on his own. Nearly anyone who's a serious guitarist could pick up some cool moves from Rich's playing.Buck himself is in great form here. His vocals are sincere and direct, and his harmonizing with Don Rich (and with himself, through the then-miracle of overdubbing) is pristine without being antiseptic. Buck has a quality of heartfulness in his singing that makes every song sound like he absolutely means it. That quality is all over this record. If you like country music at all you'll want this CD. If you like guitar playing, you need to hear Don and Buck play lead. If you like good songs, there are lots of them here. You absolutely cannot go wrong with this CD."