Bob Cannon
May 23, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Amazing Steel Guitar: The Buddy Emmons Collection

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Buddy Emmons
Producers
Razor & Tie
genre
Reissues, Country

We gave it a B-

In Buddy Emmons’ hands, the pedal steel not only became country music’s weepiest instrument but also its most versatile. On this 1956-63 compilation, Amazing Steel Guitar: The Buddy Emmons Collection, Emmons cuts loose on jazz classics, bebop, and Western swing. Though tame by today’s standards, it’s a giddy fusion that made Birdland and the Opry seem closer than anyone thought. B-

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