Personnel: Buck Owens (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); Don Rich (vocals, electric guitar, fiddle); Wayne Wilson (vocals); Willie Cantu (drums, tambourine).
Liner Note Author: Bill Thompson.
Recording information: Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan (02/06/1967).
This may be the first live country album recorded outside the USA, and it conveys the excitement of the crackling Bakersfield honky-tonk style of Buck Owens & His Buckaroos. Owens plays a few hits ("Second Fiddle," "Where Does the Good Times Go"), but a lot of new ones, including one written especially for the tour, the rollicking, super-speed instrumental "Tokyo Polka." The band--playing so sharp you could get cut if you got too close-- seems energized by the extremely appreciative crowd, making this a rousing, dynamic set. Owens fans will want--need--to have this, but for younger listeners who think honky-tonk start with Dwight Yoakum, this is definitely worth a shot.