A Fool to Care: Classic Recordings 1960-1977

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's missing a few obscure singles from the late 1960s, but otherwise, this two-CD anthology has everything Joe Barry recorded in the '60s and '70s, including the master take of everything he did for producers Floyd Soileau and Huey Meaux. His sole national hit, 1961's "I'm a Fool to Care," couldn't help but recall Fats Domino in its lazy drawl and New Orleans R&B backing; in the version here that adds a brief spoken intro, Barry even states, "though I sound like my friend the Fat Man, this is Joe Barry." For better or worse, the Domino comparisons would dog Barry throughout his career. And to be fair, those comparisons are pretty valid. True, Barry was white, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's missing a few obscure singles from the late 1960s, but otherwise, this two-CD anthology has everything Joe Barry recorded in the '60s and '70s, including the master take of everything he did for producers Floyd Soileau and Huey Meaux. His sole national hit, 1961's "I'm a Fool to Care," couldn't help but recall Fats Domino in its lazy drawl and New Orleans R&B backing; in the version here that adds a brief spoken intro, Barry even states, "though I sound like my friend the Fat Man, this is Joe Barry." For better or worse, the Domino comparisons would dog Barry throughout his career. And to be fair, those comparisons are pretty valid. True, Barry was white, and might have had a slightly more pronounced swamp pop bent (and a more country one on some of his later sides). Yet most of this material (the majority dating from the early '60s) sounds a lot like Fats' sides from the same period -- not even like outtakes or imitations, but Domino tracks that you might not happen to have heard. If that's a sound you like, however, Barry certainly does a credible job with the style. He mixes some of his own songs with covers of pre-rock/pop songs (which "I'm a Fool to Care" was in its original incarnation), pre-rock country tunes, and compositions in which notable guys like Dave Bartholomew, Huey Meaux, and even Dr. John (under his real name, Mac Rebennack, on the 1963 single "The Loneliest Boy in Town") had a hand. There are also some rarities, like his pre-"I'm a Fool to Care" 1960 single, a 1962 single done under the pseudonym Roosevelt Jones", a few outtakes and alternates, and a French version of "I'm a Fool to Care," credited to Josef Barrios. The liner notes provide an excellent overview of his career, but take heed that the mid-'70s recordings filling more than half of disc two aren't so hot, with more modern production not as suited to Barry's voice and material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667052429
  • Catalog Number: 6705242
  • Sales rank: 114,710

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spoken Intro/I'm a Fool To Care (2:28)
  2. 2 I Got a Feeling (2:17)
  3. 3 Till the End of the World (1:41)
  4. 4 Heartbroken Love - The Delphies (2:50)
  5. 5 Teardrops In My Heart (2:21)
  6. 6 For You Sunshine (2:18)
  7. 7 Greatest Moment of My Life - The Delphies (2:42)
  8. 8 You Don't Have To Be a Baby To Cry (1:57)
  9. 9 I Can't Do Without You (2:00)
  10. 10 Can't Live With You (2:16)
  11. 11 Try Rock 'N' Roll (2:23)
  12. 12 Secret Love (2:18)
  13. 13 I Say! That's Allright - Roosevelt Jones (2:09)
  14. 14 Any Old Time - Roosevelt Jones (1:57)
  15. 15 Why Did You Say Goodbye (2:43)
  16. 16 Little Papoose (2:33)
  17. 17 Just Because (2:47)
  18. 18 Little Jewel of the Vieux Carre (Old Square) (2:40)
  19. 19 Is It Wrong (2:22)
  20. 20 I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover (1:54)
  21. 21 Big Mamou - Mary McCoy (2:27)
  22. 22 The Loneliest Boy In Town (2:37)
  23. 23 Bouquet of Roses (2:24)
  24. 24 You Belong To My Heart (1:59)
  25. 25 Beg Your Pardon (2:38)
  26. 26 Don't Close That Door (2:40)
  27. 27 Every Morning, Noon and Night (2:00)
  28. 28 Yonder Comes a Sucker (2:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Fool Such As I (2:23)
  2. 2 Come What May (2:02)
  3. 3 You Darling, You (2:18)
  4. 4 You Call Everybody Darling (1:33)
  5. 5 Stop Telling Lies (2:25)
  6. 6 Lucky Morning (2:32)
  7. 7 Yonder Comes a Sucker (2:55)
  8. 8 You Darling, You (2:22)
  9. 9 Je Suis Bet Pour T'aimer - Josef Barrios (2:29)
  10. 10 Oh, Teet Fille - Josef Barrios (2:25)
  11. 11 Blue Yodel #6 (She Left Me This Mornin') (3:09)
  12. 12 Three's a Crowd (2:30)
  13. 13 (Today) I Started Loving You Again (2:32)
  14. 14 You're Why I'm So Lonely (3:22)
  15. 15 Tomorrow Never Comes (3:02)
  16. 16 Think It Over (2:40)
  17. 17 Always Late (With Your Kisses) (2:08)
  18. 18 I Almost Lost My Mind (3:02)
  19. 19 It's a Sin To Tell a Lie (2:15)
  20. 20 Cold Cold Heart (3:21)
  21. 21 The Prisoner's Song (2:39)
  22. 22 I Let Happy Pass Me By (2:31)
  23. 23 If You Really Want Me To I'll Go (2:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Barry Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Delbert McClinton Composer
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
George Jones Composer
Jim Reeves Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Agustín Lara Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Huey P. Meaux Composer
Bonnie Owens Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Mac Rebennack Composer
Ted Daffan Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Contribution
Bob Merrill Composer
Francis Craig Composer
Vaughn Horton Composer
Terry Shand Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Peter Lerner Contribution
Guy Massey Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Pearl King Composer
Billy Mayhew Composer
Franklin Tableporter Composer
Ben Trace Composer
William Trader Composer
Hank Williams Composer
James Brockman Composer
Clem Watts Composer
Traditional Composer
Ian Saddler Contribution
Beasley Smith Composer
Gabe Tucker Composer
Sam Martin Composer
Warner McPherson Composer
John Broven Contribution
Joey Longoria Composer
Darryl Edwards Composer
Steve Nelson Composer
Kerny Rivette Composer
Joseph Barrios Arranger, Composer
Herbert Treece Composer
Daryl Dale Composer
Cornelius Greene Composer
Blake Crawford Composer
Bill Donegan Composer
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