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

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

by Bobby Bare
     
 

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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

Overview

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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828767750125
catalogNumber:
77501
Rank:
58877

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Lullabys, Legends and Lies
  2. Paul
  3. Marie Lavaux
  4. Daddy What If
  5. The Wonderful Soup Stone
  6. The Winner
  7. In the Hills of Shiloh
  8. She's My Ever Lovin' Machine
  9. The Mermaid
  10. Rest Awhile
  11. Bottomless Well
  12. True Story
  13. Sure Hit Songwriters Pen
  14. Rosalie's Good Eats Café

Disc 2

  1. Sylvia's Mother
  2. Singin' in the Kitchen
  3. $100, 000 in Pennies
  4. Alimony
  5. Back Home in Huntsville Again
  6. Brian Hennessey
  7. Too Many Nights Alone
  8. This Guitar Is for Sale
  9. Rough on the Living
  10. Numbers
  11. Tequila Sheila
  12. Qualudes Again
  13. Food Blues
  14. The Jogger
  15. Me and Jimmy Rodgers
  16. Time

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
Family   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bobby Bare   Producer,Author
Jerry Kennedy   Producer
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
Roy Shockley   Engineer
Bubba Campbell   Engineer
Geoff Lane   Liner Notes
Jim Marshall   Cover Photo

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