Editors’ Notes Like Ray Charles, Chuck Berry and Louis Armstrong, Buck Owens was a pioneering individualist who nonetheless managed to translate his particular music vision to a mass audience. Between 1959 and 1974 Owens remained a major force on the country charts, but the period between 1963 and 1967 represents an unparalleled dominance. During those years, every single Owens released became a #1 hit, and he averaged about three singles a year. Those songs — including “Act Naturally,” “I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail,” “My Heart Skips a Beat,” “Together Again” and many others featured in this collection — form one of country music’s foundational bodies of music. The Ultimate Collection is not ordered chronologically but it mixes in several essential but lesser-known #1 songs that Owens released outside of that golden mid-career run. 1969’s “Johnny B. Goode” (recorded live in London) is gloriously raucous, especially for a radio single, and it remains one of the all-time great renditions of that rock standard. His final #1 — 1972’s “Made In Japan,” a wistful romance — is a lost classic.

SONG
Act Naturally
1
2:22
 
Love's Gonna Live Here
2
2:01
 
Streets of Bakersfield
3
2:49
 
I've Got a Tiger By the Tail
4
2:13
 
My Heart Skips a Beat
5
2:26
 
Together Again
6
2:27
 
I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)
7
2:10
 
Before You Go
8
2:10
 
Only You (Can Break My Heart)
9
2:21
 
Buckaroo
10
2:00
 
Waitin' In Your Welfare Line
11
2:19
 
Think of Me
12
2:16
 
Open Up Your Heart
13
2:28
 
Where Does the Good Times Go
14
2:19
 
Sam's Place
15
2:00
 
Your Tender Loving Care
16
2:45
 
How Long Will My Baby Be Gone
17
2:13
 
Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass
18
2:22
 
Tall Dark Stranger
19
3:00
 
Made In Japan
20
2:41
 
Johnny B. Goode
21
2:23
 

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