1001 Albums 0047-0048

Published April 06, 2013

My continued journey through the albums featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

0047: Buck Owens And His Buckaroos: I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail (1965)

Like many of the other country albums featured in this blog so far, this is a very appealing collection of songs. And like those other acts, I've been aware of Buck Owens' existence, but never delved much into his recordings - for me he's mainly familiar as the originator of 'Act Naturally', as covered by The Beatles on their Help! album. And, of course, he was featured in my Advent Calendar last year with the fab 'Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy'.

Everything on the I've Got A Tiger By The Tail album is expertly played, performed and produced, as you'd expect from a country album from this era. Also, similar to much of the best country music, many of the songs here deal with heartbreak, but Owens sounds equally happy and energetic on virtually all of the tracks, no matter what their themes might be. It's almost as if his attitude is, "Well, it's a drag when things turn out like that, but, hey, there's not much you can do about it: onwards and forwards!" Somehow he makes it work.

Verdict: An excellent album which I'm very glad that I got to hear.


0048: Jerry Lee Lewis: Live At The Star Club, Hamburg (1965)

Gosh, they really like live albums in the 1001 Albums book. Jerry Lee Lewis is of course one of the great rock'n'roll performers, and there's no faulting the performances and the energy levels on this particular album. But at the same time my usual reservations toward live recordings applies here: it feels more like a document of that night than an interesting musical experience, as if you're eavesdropping on a lot of people having fun but you're not allowed to join them.

Verdict: Not a bad album by any means, but nothing I feel like hearing again.


Buck Owens and his Buckaroos: I've Got A Tiger By The Tail.


Jerry Lee Lewis: Live At The Star Club, Hamburg.