My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: For my 50th(!) post, I present to you I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail from Buck Owens and His Buckaroos. The album was recorded in December of 1964 and released in March of 1965. This was Owen’s breakthrough album and the start of the Bakersfield Sound in country music.
What I liked: As I started listening to the album I really enjoyed “I’ve Got a Tiger By The Tail” and “Trouble and Me”, but….
What I didn’t Like: At about the third track I noticed that Owens sings every song with that fake drawl that modern country musicians still use. Then it hit me…. this is the album that led to a million bad country cliches about trucks, dirt roads, cold beer and swimming in the river. In other words the downfall of popular country music.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It sounds like it came out of Hollywood and is perfectly clean, generic and sanitized for the masses. I don’t think the album that ruined a genre should be celebrated.
Rating (Out of 5): 0.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (40/50)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%