Personnel includes: Buck Owens (vocals, guitar); Jelly Sanders, Red Simpson (guitar); Ralph Mooney, Jay Dee Maness (steel guitar); Ron Jackson (banjo); Don Rich (fiddle); George French, Jr., Earl Poole Ball, Jr. (piano); Allen Williams (bass); Pee Wee Adams, Willie Cantu (drums); Susan Raye (background vocals).
Producer: Ken Nelson.
Compilation producer: Patrick Milligan.
Recorded between 1959 & 1971. Includes liner notes by Rich Kienzle.
Personnel: Buck Owens (vocals, guitar); Ron Jackson (guitar, banjo); Don Rich, Jelly Sanders (guitar, fiddle); Buddy Alan (guitar, background vocals); Wayne Wilson, Doyle Holly, Rollie Weber, James Burton, Bert Dodson, Jimmy Bryant, Red Simpson (guitar); Jay McDonald, Ralph Mooney, Tom Brumley, Jay Dee Maness (steel guitar); Jim Shaw (piano, Farfisa); Earl Poole Ball, George French, Jim Pierce (piano); Willie Cantu (drums, tambourine); Mel King, Wayne Stone, Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams, Jerry Wiggins, Mel Taylor (drums); Jim Hager, Jon Hager, Susan Raye (background vocals).
Audio Remasterers: Ken Perry; Bill Inglot.
Recording information: Buck Owens' Studio, Bakersfield, CA (12/23/1959-03/07/1972); Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (12/23/1959-03/07/1972); London Palladium, London, England (12/23/1959-03/07/1972).
Unknown Contributor Role: Rich Kienzle.
The Very Best of Buck Owens, Vol. 2 contains all the essential Owens songs the first volume didn't cover, including "Above and Beyond," "Love's Gonna Live Here," "My Heart Skips a Beat," "Cryin' Time," "Buckaroo," and "Big in Vegas." Like its predecessor, the collection spans from 1959 to 1971, and features an excellent cross-section of his biggest hits along the way. Not only is it a perfect supplement to The Very Best of Buck Owens, Vol. 1, the compilation works as a good introduction, even though the first collection is a better choice for a new fan. Of course, listeners who want the most comprehensive set available should invest in the triple-disc box set, The Buck Owens Collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine