As Is/Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • EAN: 9398800035829
  • Catalog Number: 358
  • Sales rank: 78,896

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
Warren Barnett Mastering
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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