His years as comedic host of Hee Haw have obscured the fact that Buck Owens
was a top-notch honky tonker who, along with Merle Haggard
' guitar player Don Rich
, helped establish the bright, rock-inflected Bakersfield sound in the mid-'60s. Having the Beatles
cover one of your songs ("Act Naturally") didn't hurt things, either. This two-disc package (each volume is also available individually) has the essential hits from Owens
' run with Capitol Records between 1963 and 1971, including "Act Naturally," "Streets of Bakersfield," and "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," and it works as an OK introduction to this often overlooked artist, but keep in mind that there's a whole lot more to the Buck Owens
story than this.