Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies (And More)

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Returning to RCA after a stint at Mercury Records, Bobby Bare teamed up with songwriter Shel Silverstein for 1973's Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies. The idea of the record is clearly laid out in the title -- this album is a collection of American tall tales and myths, all filtered through Silverstein's signature humor sometimes silly, sometimes clever, sometimes sentimental, sometimes slyly lewd and delivered with Bare's signature warm, friendly manner. Although Bare had recorded a song or two of Shel's before, this was the first time that he devoted a full album to his material. But more noteworthy is that this album finds the singer developing a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Returning to RCA after a stint at Mercury Records, Bobby Bare teamed up with songwriter Shel Silverstein for 1973's Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies. The idea of the record is clearly laid out in the title -- this album is a collection of American tall tales and myths, all filtered through Silverstein's signature humor sometimes silly, sometimes clever, sometimes sentimental, sometimes slyly lewd and delivered with Bare's signature warm, friendly manner. Although Bare had recorded a song or two of Shel's before, this was the first time that he devoted a full album to his material. But more noteworthy is that this album finds the singer developing a loose, offhand way of performance that emphasizes both his character and the freewheeling eclecticism of his music. Musically, it's not far removed from his Mercury records, where his progressive country rubbed shoulders with pop, rock, and folk, but his laid-back, open-ended performances let the music breathe, while the Silverstein songs give the album cohesion and an overt, welcome sense of humor. All this helped reignite Bare's career, giving him a new signature sound that carried him through the next few years, until he left RCA for Columbia, where he just got rowdier. It was also the biggest album of his career, spending 30 weeks on the Billboard country charts where it peaked at number five, with a number one hit in "Marie Laveau" and a number two single in "Daddy What If." Years later, it still stands as one of his very best -- maybe it didn't produce classics like "Detroit City," nor does it have the brilliant highs of some earlier and later records, but song for song, Bare was rarely this consistent or enjoyable. [In 2007, RCA/Legacy reissued Lullabies, Legends and Lies as a double-disc deluxe edition. The original album is on the first disc while the second disc is devoted to Silverstein covers Bare recorded over the '70s and early '80s, including highlights from the riotous Down N Dirty album "Numbers" and "Tequlia Sheila". It's an excellent supplement, making an already essential album even better.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767750125
  • Catalog Number: 77501
  • Sales rank: 1,326

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lullabys, Legends and Lies (2:52)
  2. 2 Paul (4:19)
  3. 3 Marie Lavaux (3:09)
  4. 4 Daddy What If (3:10)
  5. 5 The Wonderful Soup Stone (3:16)
  6. 6 The Winner (5:20)
  7. 7 In the Hills of Shiloh (3:57)
  8. 8 She's My Ever Lovin' Machine (3:47)
  9. 9 The Mermaid (3:21)
  10. 10 Rest Awhile (4:21)
  11. 11 Bottomless Well (5:55)
  12. 12 True Story (1:28)
  13. 13 Sure Hit Songwriters Pen (4:33)
  14. 14 Rosalie's Good Eats Café (8:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sylvia's Mother (3:51)
  2. 2 Singin' in the Kitchen (3:40)
  3. 3 $100, 000 in Pennies (3:48)
  4. 4 Alimony (2:16)
  5. 5 Back Home in Huntsville Again (3:20)
  6. 6 Brian Hennessey (5:47)
  7. 7 Too Many Nights Alone (3:09)
  8. 8 This Guitar Is for Sale (4:39)
  9. 9 Rough on the Living (2:52)
  10. 10 Numbers (5:05)
  11. 11 Tequila Sheila (4:10)
  12. 12 Qualudes Again (2:06)
  13. 13 Food Blues (2:32)
  14. 14 The Jogger (4:16)
  15. 15 Me and Jimmy Rodgers (4:48)
  16. 16 Time (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Bare Primary Artist, Guitar
Lloyd Green Dobro, Steel Guitar
Bobby Wood Piano
Danny Epps Harmonica
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Chip Young Guitar
Red Lane Guitar
Roger Murrah Vocal Harmony
Ron Oates Piano
Bill Rice Guitar, Piano, Vocal Harmony
Henry Strzelecki Bass
Bobby Thompson Banjo, Guitar
Tommy Williams Fiddle
Hal Rugg Dobro, Steel Guitar
Larrie Londin Drums
Joe Allen Bass
The Family Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bobby Bare Producer, Author
Jerry Kennedy Producer
Al Pachucki Engineer
Tom Pick Engineer
Bill Rice Producer
Chuck Seitz Engineer
Bill Vandevort Engineer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Mike Shockley Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Roy Shockley Engineer
Bubba Campbell Engineer
Geoff Lane Liner Notes
Jim Marshall Cover Photo
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