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Bare/Sleeper Wherever I Fall

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Raven's third Bobby Bare disc of the 2000s is a two-fer, not an expansion, presenting his two 1978 albums Bare and Sleeper Wherever I Fall on one disc, adding two bonus tracks from 1983's Drinkin' from the Bottle, Singin' from the Heart at its close. As it happens, Raven has already put out some of the songs from these two albums as bonus tracks on Down & Dirty...Plus and Drunk & Crazy...Plus, but it's a blessing to have the full albums finally hit CD for the first time. Both Bare and Sleeper Wherever I Fall are cut from the same outlaw cloth -- they're earthy, funny records that take their own sweet time -- but they have some significant differences, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Raven's third Bobby Bare disc of the 2000s is a two-fer, not an expansion, presenting his two 1978 albums Bare and Sleeper Wherever I Fall on one disc, adding two bonus tracks from 1983's Drinkin' from the Bottle, Singin' from the Heart at its close. As it happens, Raven has already put out some of the songs from these two albums as bonus tracks on Down & Dirty...Plus and Drunk & Crazy...Plus, but it's a blessing to have the full albums finally hit CD for the first time. Both Bare and Sleeper Wherever I Fall are cut from the same outlaw cloth -- they're earthy, funny records that take their own sweet time -- but they have some significant differences, primarily noted in the presence and absence of Shel Silverstein songs. Bare, Bobby's first album in his eight-album run for Columbia in the late '70s and early '80s is, like his last few for RCA, built primarily on Silverstein tunes. Eight of its ten songs are from Silverstein's pen and the two aren't -- the Dr. Strangelove-ian black humor of "Finger on the Button" and the character sketch "The Gambler," later popularized by Kenny Rogers -- feel like they could have been written by Shel. This is familiar ground for a singer who has been singing Silverstein since 1973's Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies, but there's a bit of a shift in content and approach, as the songs here are bit vulgar, like Shel's tunes for Dr. Hook, and the production is appropriately looser and dirtier, pointing the way to very rowdy Down & Dirty and Drunk & Crazy without every getting that wild. Sleeper Wherever I Fall feels like a temporary corrective to this trend, containing not a single Silverstein song and placing Bare a bit closer to contemporary 1978 trends. He's warm and smooth on the lullaby "Sleep Tight Good Night Man," his first song that could comfortably fit within the emerging Urban Cowboy trend, and he follows that mellow sound through the sleek "What Did It Get Me," the lush melodrama "Goin' Up's Easy, Comin' Down's Hard," and a smooth soulful version of Rodney Crowell's "On a Real Good Night." These are balanced by some outright rockers -- the laid-back funk of "Hot Afternoon (Arizona Desert)," covers of the Byrds ("I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better"), and the Stones ("The Last Time"), the slow swamp blues of "The Way I Feel Tonight" -- and a song or two that splits the difference, like the mock-gospel pop of "Healin'." It was a record designed to appeal to mass audiences, the way that Bare didn't, and it worked musically and, to a lesser extent it worked commercially, with "Sleep Tight" almost reaching the country Top 10. In retrospect, it seems a bit like a transitional album, a stop-gap before Bare returned to Silverstein songs, but when he did return he retained much of the rock edge of Sleeper, as well as some of its slickness. In that regard, it works well paired with Bare: these are the albums that ushered in the down & dirty, drunk & crazy Bare of the early '80s and it's possible to hear the roots of the sound here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657028520
  • Catalog Number: 285
  • Sales rank: 105,325

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Bare Primary Artist, Vocals
Chet Atkins Background Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Waylon Jennings Background Vocals
Willie Nelson Background Vocals
Shel Silverstein Background Vocals
Dave Loggins Background Vocals
Tracy Nelson Background Vocals
Steve Gibson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Ray Sawyer Background Vocals
Bobby Wood Keyboards
Ben Keith Steel Guitar
Mary Beth Anderson Background Vocals
Clyde Brooks Synthesizer, Drums, Synthesizer Drums
Gunnar Gelotte Drums
Charles Cochran Keyboards
Shane Keister Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Ray Edenton Guitar
Bobby Emmons Keyboards
Doyle Grisham Steel Guitar
Buddy Harman Drums
Thomas Kaelin Jr. Drums
Sheri Kramer Background Vocals
Sheldon Kurland Strings
Mike Leech Bass
Dennis Locorriere Background Vocals
Terry McMillan Harmonica
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar
Bobby Ogdin Piano
Ted Reynolds Bass
Steve Sanders Background Vocals
Billy Sanford Acoustic Guitar
Donna Sheridan Background Vocals
Lisa Silver Background Vocals
Bobby Thompson Acoustic Guitar
Charles Vaughn Jr. Guitar
Florence Warner Background Vocals
Bergen White Background Vocals
Jack Williams Bass
Roy Yeager Drums
Michael Spriggs Guitar
Fred Carter Jr. Guitar
Carol Anderson Background Vocals
Kenneth Smith Bass
Joe Osborn Bass
Charles Williams Background Vocals
Tracy Lee Nelson Background Vocals
Charles Williams & His Concert Orchestra Background Vocals
John Christopher Guitar
John Gowin Guitar (12 String Electric)
Gunnar Gelotte Drums
Larrie London Drums
Jack Solomon Guitar
Steve Sanders Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bobby Bare Producer
Rodney Crowell Composer
Fred Koller Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Steve Gibson Producer
Don Cook Composer
Kyle Lehning Producer
Jeff Silbar Composer
Bergen White Arranger, String Arrangements
Keith Glass Liner Notes
Warren Barnett Mastering
John Lorber Composer
Robert Lee McDill Composer
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