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Buck OwensComplete Capitol Singles – 1957 to 1966 ... CD
Capitol/Omnivore, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 26.98
Buck Owens ruled country music in the 60s – especially on the west coast – and these seminal singles for Capitol Records are a great demonstration of his talent at its height! Buck was a hell of a talent right from the start – sharp, soulful, and graced with a good sense of wit and strong intelligence – all of which ably guided both his performance and choice of material – which is especially perfect when it comes to his 45s! And while most of Owens' albums from this time have been reissued on CD, this is the first set to really look at the special world of his singles – which includes a lot of numbers that never made the full-length sets. The package features a whopping 56 tracks on 2CDs, complete with a and b-sides of all the singles – including a few duets with Rose Maddox. Titles include "I Know What It Means", "Over & Over Again", "Sweethearts In Heaven", "Cryin Time", "Waitin In Your Welfare Line", "Heart Of Glass", "No More Me & You", "The Way That I Love You", "House Down The Block", "King OF Fools", "I Can't Stop My Lovin You", "Second Fiddle", "Walk The Floor", "We're The Talk Of The Town", "My Heart Skips A Beat", "Together Again", "Don't Let Her Know", "No One But You", "Til These Dreams Come True", "High As The Mountains", and "Loose Talk". CD

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Hank ThompsonCapitol Collectors Series ... CD
Capitol, 1950s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousCapitol Hillbilly Vol 6 ... CD
Capitol/Cactus, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard-rocking Hillbilly work from the pre-rock years – 32 tracks – by artists who include Rod Morris, Ferlin Husky, Gene O'Quinn, Dub Dickerson, Deuce Spriggins, Hylo Brown, Boots Faye, Jimmy Heap, Roy Hogsed, The Farmer Boys, and others! CD
(Appears to be a CDr pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousCapitol Hillbilly Vol 7 ... CD
Capitol/Cactus, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent material from one of the all-time great country labels of the postwar years – with 32 tracks that include work by Hylo Brown, Hank Thompson, Merrill Moore, Jerry Reed, Billy Strange, Deuce Spriggins, Skeets McDonald, Ramblin Jimmie Dolan, Martha Carson, Leon Chappel, and lots more! CD
(Appears to be a CDr pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousCapitol Rockabilly Vol 1 ... CD
Capitol/Big Tone, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Some of the more obscure early work from this legendary label – including tracks by Merrill Moore, Gene Vincent, the Farmer Boys, Tommy Collins, Simon Crum, Del Reeves, Wanda Jackson, Tommy Sands, Tenessee Ernie Ford, Faron Young & more. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
(Out of print, CDr release.)
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Bobbie GentryTouch Em With Love ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $22.99
The Bobbie Gentry groove gets kicked up a bit more than before – thanks to some larger arrangements that almost bring a funky country approach to her music – and which seem to give her voice an even more soulful setting than before! Bobbie's still got the charms of her earlier, more acoustic material – but she also seems to have set her guitar aside, to focus more strongly on her singing – with a mix of southern currents and soul that almost remind us a bit of Dusty Springfield at Memphis or Muscle Shoals. Yet the vibe is definitely Gentry's own – as some songs are her own, and the music has that overall sense of female power that always made her such a standout from some of the weepier singers in Nashville. Arrangements are by Don Tweedy and Hank Levine – and titles include "Natural To Be Gone", "Seasons Come Seasons Go", "Touch Em With Love", "Where's The Playground Jimmy", "Greyhound Goin Somewhere", and "I Wouldn't Be Satisfied". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Merle HaggardI'm A Lonesome Fugitive (remastered edition) ... CD
Capitol/Cornerstones, 1967. Used ... $5.99
Somewhat overlooked in the early Merle Haggard catalog (with the exception of the huge title track), this is nevertheless an essential gem and one of the most influential of his career. If you don't know the music of Merle Haggard & The Strangers this record can serve as a great introduction. You get some of his classics and his classic sound on such songs as "All Of Me Belongs To You" and "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive". You also get a taste of the Merle Haggard ballad on the super "House Of Memories". Another highlight is his version of Jimmie Rodgers' "My Rough & Rowdy Ways". Great all the way through! CD
(Out of print.)

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Buck OwensBuck 'Em Vol 2 – The Music Of Buck Owens 1967 to 1975 ... CD
Capitol/Omnivore, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 26.98
An amazing run of music from the mighty Buck Owens – one of the few country music stars of his time who never made a mis-step at all, and instead gave us nearly two decades' worth of incredible records for Capitol! Some of the best cuts from that stretch are presented here, alongside a handful of rare numbers too – including 7 tracks never issued on CD, and 9 that have never been issued in the US – all as part of a 50-song collection that even includes liner notes from Buck himself! If you only think of Owens in terms of his later fame or stereotypes, you'll be plenty surprised when you dip into these gems – as the music is tight, sharp, witty – and some of the most perfectly-presented country music of the time. Titles include a number of live tracks – including versions of "Somewhere Between You & Me", "Las Vegas Lament", "Tall Dark Stranger", "I'll Still Be Waiting For You", "I've Got You On My Mind Again", and "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" – plus studio cuts that include "Sweet Rosie Jones", "Happy Times Are Here Again", "41st Street Lonely Hearts Club", "Weekend Daddy", "Great Expectations", "Big Game Hunter", "Monster's Holiday", "Let The World Keep On A Turnin", and "Corn Likker" – plus an outtake from a rare duet with soul singer Bettye Swann, on "Today I Started Loving You Again". CD

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Kenny RogersThrough The Years – A Retrospective (4CD boxset) ... CD
Capitol, Late 70s/1980s/1990s. Used 4 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Happy & Artie TraumDouble Back ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
Happy and Artie Traum are even more relaxed and laidback here than on their debut album of the year before – recording in their home turf of Woodstock, with a small group of friends helping out on instrumentation from track to track – always keeping the brothers in a balance between singer/songwriter rock, folk, and country! Both Happy and Artie sing, and play acoustic guitar – sometimes with one in the lead, but often in this harmonizing style that's really wonderful – and which gives their music an expressive sound that goes past any easy country rock cliches. Titles include "Confession", "Jacksboro", "Handful Of Love", "Cross Examinator", "Mister Movie Man", and "The Ferryman". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Happy & Artie TraumHappy & Artie Traum ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Happy and Artie Traum are part of the farther-flung universe around Bob Dylan and The Band at the end of the 60s – musicians who worked with Bob in New York, and who were living upstate at the time they cut this wonderful debut album – even though the whole thing was actually all recorded down in Tennessee! But maybe that factor is what makes the whole thing sound special – not just some guys trying to fake roots, but actually finding them in a way that's really unique. There's an easygoing flow to their work together – an effortless embrace of country currents and more personal folksy strains – all given a nice focus in the Nashville recording studio, as bits of dobro, fiddle, and steel guitar are used sparingly, but in just the right ways – almost making the record feel like an even more subtle version of The Burrito Brothers. Titles include "Golden Bird", "Uncle Jedd Say", "The Hungry Dogs Of New Mexico", "Rabbit's Luck", "Farmers Almanac", and "State Line". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Merle HaggardMama Tried/Pride In What I Am (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1968/1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mama Tried is probably the best album in the long, storied history of the great Merle Haggard. Mama Tried has some absolutely stunning original material that chronicles Haggard's sadness and frustration within his own life and the outside world in a far more confessional and introspective manner than the following year's Okie From Muskogee. Add to that some barn-burning covers, including a hard rocking version of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" and you have a truly exceptional album. Amazingly, Mama Tried was released the same year as his nearly as great Sing Me Back Home, showing an artist truly at the top of his game. Other tracks include "Mama Tried", "Green Grass Of Home", "In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)", "I Could Have Gone Right", "Teach Me To Forget", and "Too Many Bridges To Cross Over". Pride In What I Am is a lesser studio effort in the Okie From Muskogee aesthetic, though more heartfelt and less reactionary, with at least a side's worth of fine tunes including "It Meant Goodbye To Me When You Said Hello To Him", "I Can't Hold Myself In Line", "I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am", and "Who'll Buy The Wine". CD also features 5 bonus tracks – "Lookin For My Mind", "You're Not Home Yet", "California On My Mind", "White Line Fever", and "Streets Of Berlin". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole. CD has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Merle HaggardStrangers/Swinging Doors (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1965/1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Merle's debut album, and a benchmark in the history of country and popular music! Hag's role as country's most mournful outlaw hadn't fully evolved at this early point in his career but the seeds are planted, with the single "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" and "The Worst Is Yet To Come" as the most obvious sign posts for what would come in subsequent years. Other tracks include "Sing A Sad Song", "I'd Trade All Of My Tomorrows", "You Don't Even Try", and "Walking The Floor Over You". Next up is Swinging Doors – a classic that swung open all kinds of doors for Hag and all honky tonk legends to follow! The barroom laments come into full bloom on this record, with the unvarnished honky tonk style that Hag helped define, though done with just enough Capitol polish, courtesy of the great and legendary producers Ken Nelson and Fuzzy Owen. It contains uber-classic "The Bottle Let Me Down" plus the equally great title track, plus comparably overlooked album classics like "I'll Look You Over", "The Girl Turned Ripe", "No More You & Me", "I Can't Stand Me", "No More You And Me" a great version of the Tommy Collins classic and Bakersfield Sound bedrock "High On A Hilltop", and "Shade Tree (Fix-It Man)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Les PaulLes Paul – The Legend & The Legacy ... CD
Capitol, 1930s/1940s/1950s. Used 4CD + booklet ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
4 discs with 115 songs in all (!) plus a hefty, well annotated booklet! (Jazz, Folk/Country) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Don Rich & The BuckaroosGuitar Pickin Man ... CD
Capitol/Omnivore, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great tribute to one of the unsung heroes of country music – guitarist Don Rich, whose lead work and solos were such a big part of the Buck Owens records of the 60s! This package brings together both tracks recorded with Buck, and sides that have Don working with the Buckaroos – many of which have Rich singing along with his guitar, even if Buck is on board – and all of which are sparkling with the kind of "next generation" groove that Don used to help take the Bakersfield sound out of the postwar ghetto, and into the country mainstream. There's a really sparkling feel to most of this work – and together, the tracks have Rich presenting sounds that are really more dynamic and more inspiring than any of Chet Atkins music of the time. Titles include a never-issued version of "Guitar Pickin Man", plus "Hello California", "Down At The Corner Bar", "Chaparral", "Wham Bam", "Bossa Nova Buckaroo Style", "Aw Heck", "Number One Heel", "Sally Was A Good Ol Girl", "Out Of My Mind", "Take Care Of You For Me In Kansas City", and "Happy Son Of A Gun". CD

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✨✧ Buck OwensChristmas With Buck Owens & His Buckaroos ... CD
Capitol/Sundazed, 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Buck's first Christmas album – and a prime batch of tracks that are right up there with the best of his regular albums from the time! There's a strong strand of Bakersfield production running through the album – perfect for both the sadder tunes and the more upbeat ones – and the Buckaroos are in fine form, laying down some great backings that make this more than just a one-off throwoff album. There's plenty of well-written tunes on the record – and tracks include "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy", "Blue Christmas Lights", "Christmas Time's A Comin", "Here Comes Santa Claus Again", and "All I Want for Christmas Is You". (Holiday Music, Folk/Country) CD
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VariousSwingbillies – Hillbilly & Western Swing On Modern/Colonial/Flair 1947 to 1952 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
That's no typo in the title – as the unique phrase "Swingbillies" is a perfect summation of the set – which mixes together rare postwar work from the West Coast scene – cool cuts that are partly western swing, partly early country – and which almost stand as a precursor to the Bakersfield years to come! The music is all from the catalog of Modern Records – an imprint best known for R&B and blues, but one that also really had its ear to the ground for all the new sounds bubbling up in LA after the war – sounds that included a big influx of hillbilly styles that hit the coast in the hands of folks moving westward for jobs and success. Most artists here are relatively obscure, but their work resonates with qualities that both matches the big western swing stars of the period, and some of the excellent early country on Capitol Records – which might be a good comparison to the strength of this set. CD features 28 titles in all – and cuts include "You Just Wait & See" by Chuck Guillory, "Turn That Gun Around" by Rocky Morgan, "Those Wonderful Days With You" by Joe Bean, "I Knew That You Were Foolin All Along" by Jimmie Dolan, "Holiday For Guitar" by Jimmy Bryant, "The Honey Jump (part 1)" by Jody Webb, "Operation Blues" by Homer Clemons, "Big Texas #2" by Papa Cairo, "San Antonio Blues" by Cliff Bruner, and "My Heart Lied To Me" by Ted Shelton. CD

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