As Is/Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose

As Is/Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose

by Bobby Bare
     
 
Raven's 2012 two-fer pairs his 1981 album As Is and its 1982 sequel, Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose, adding four bonus tracks from 1983's Drinkin' from the Bottle for good measure. These two albums find Bare's Columbia hot streak of the late '70s/early '80s winding down, and the shift to a slower gear can't help but feel a little

Overview

Raven's 2012 two-fer pairs his 1981 album As Is and its 1982 sequel, Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose, adding four bonus tracks from 1983's Drinkin' from the Bottle for good measure. These two albums find Bare's Columbia hot streak of the late '70s/early '80s winding down, and the shift to a slower gear can't help but feel a little deliberate after 1980s' wild, woolly twins Down & Dirty and Drunk & Crazy. Bare rebounded from those party records by teaming up with producer Rodney Crowell and settling into a well-worn, soulful surrounding, one that suits an aging outlaw who can still kick up a little dust -- a cover of Guy Clark's "New Cut Road" positively shreds -- but prefers spending his time reflecting on his past. As such, there's a sweetly melancholy undertow to As Is that's quite appealing, particularly as the slight sadness is comforting. Plus, Bare still can deliver songs with a sly grin -- "Dollar Pool Fool," a terrific take on J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze" -- and he has the natural grace of a storyteller, keeping As Is compelling even when the sound is soft and warm. Comparatively, Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose has a lighter, brighter air, even if a good chunk of it is also quite mellow. It helps that the title track -- also the album's hit -- is a bit of a rowdy throwback to the loose-limbed Bare of a few years back, one who is ready for a rumble, and a lively take on "Goodnight Irene," the bluesy grind "Cold Day in Hell," and the sardonic "Praise the Lord and Send Me the Money" all share a similar attitude. The rest of the album follows the relaxed lead of As Is, taking its sweet time as Bare spends his time in warm reverie. While the songs aren't quite as strong and the production not quite as sharp as it was a year earlier, the whole of the LP is satisfying, a nice low-key effort that smartly relies on Bare's abundant charms. [The four bonus tracks from Drinkin' from the Bottle that are at the end are all lively, bright, and fun and, in the case of "Stacy Brown Got Two," quite silly.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
9398800035829
catalogNumber:
358
Rank:
87157

Tracks

  1. Dollar Pool Fool
  2. Learning To Live Again
  3. Call Me The Breeze
  4. Take Me As I Am (Or Let Me Go)
  5. Let Him Roll
  6. New Cut Road
  7. She Is Gone
  8. Dropping Out of Sight
  9. Summer Wages
  10. White Freight Liner Blues
  11. If You Ain't Got Nothin' (You Ain't Got Nothin' To Lose)
  12. (I'm Not) A Candle In The Wind
  13. (They Covered Up) The Old Swimmin' Hole
  14. Isn't That Just Like Love?
  15. Goodnight Irene
  16. Golden Memories
  17. I've Been Rained On Too
  18. Cold Day in Hell
  19. So Good To So Bad
  20. Praise the Lord and Send Me the Money
  21. Three Legged Man
  22. Jennifer Johnson and Me
  23. Drinkin' From the Bottle (Singin' from the Heart)
  24. Time

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Bare   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Bobby Bare   Producer
Guy Clark   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Producer
Lacy J. Dalton   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Ian Tyson   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Hugh Moffatt   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Red Lane   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Richard Leigh   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Producer
Billy Ray Reynolds   Composer
Bill Rice   Composer
Mary Sharon Rice   Composer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Robert Lee McDill   Composer
Walter Martin Cowart   Composer
Ian McFarlane   Liner Notes
R. Goldstein   Composer
Louise Cook   Layout
Jon Philbert   Composer
Dan Wilson   Composer

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