Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies

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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 as brilliant highs as some earlier and later records, but song for song, Bare was rarely this consistent or enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/1994
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051156831
  • Catalog Number: 15683

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Bare Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Shel Silverstein Composer
Baxter Taylor Composer
James Friedman Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best concept albums

    I first heard of Bobby Bare when his song "Detroit City" was enjoying very frequent airplay way back in 1960. I bought the album "500 Miles Away From Home" and practically wore it out playing it and have become a fan of Bobby Bare since. Bobby Bare has kept up with the times and his style of music changes somewhat as years go by. However, he still maintains his original to the heart laid back style of singing. Even though he has enjoyed many chart successes including the Best Country Song Grammy award for his "Detroit City", none of his songs has ever reached the number one spot until 1972 when he released this very successful album "Lullabys Legends and Lies". One of the songs from the album namely "Marie Laveau" went to the number one spot in the country chart and was his only song to do so. "Lullabys, Legends and Lies" was Bare's most successful album and I feel it deserves a much more detailed review for the potential buyers. It was also his most successful concept album. Bobby Bare is the first artist to come up with a concept album. His very first was a concept album about reminiscing the past..... a 1967 album called "A Bird named Yesterday" with songs mainly written by Jack Clement. It is my all time favourite LP of Bobby Bare which is now available on CD. Those who love "Lullabys Legend & Lies" will surely love this album. As a fan of Bobby Bare for 40years, I do agree that this is one of Bare's best concept albums with excellent to the heart interpretation of Shel Silvestein's lyrics. The very talented Shel was an excellent song writer having written numerous hits including "A Boy Named Sue" for Johnny Cash, "One's On The Way" for Loretta Lynn, "Sylvia's Mother" for Dr. Hook and 'The Unicorn" for Irish Rover. This album consists of 14 "lullabys, legends and lies". It was very successfully done with an added hysterical atmosphere with Bobby Bare telling his lullabys, legends and lies to a bunch of very appreciative live audience which included cerebrities and friends of Bobby Bare such as Waylon Jennings. You can actually hear the response from the audience and appreciate just how much they are enjoying themselves. "Marie Laveau", "Winners", "Daddy What If" and the tittle song were chart successes. "Marie Laveau" tells an interesting tale of a witch. This song not only became the number one chart hit but also Bobby Bare's most requested song during his concert performances. The audience just love the witch yell! "Daddy What If" became a top 5 hits after RCA made a successful promotion to the DJs. The song was a duet with the then very young Bobby Bare Jr. It is a cute family song and very difficult not to like. I love the song "Wonderful Soup Stone" with it's up tempo beat and a very melodic chorus. "The Winner", another chart hit with a typical Bare's tongue in cheek humour, tells a very interesting and funny story of how a smaller man picked a fight with another twice his size, who instead of beating him up decided to tell him just how it is to be a winner! You will love the rather poetic and funny lyrics. ".....these bright white smilin' teeth, you know, they ain't my own. Mine rolled away like Chiclets on the streets of San Antoine" and how his nose being broken so often that "I might loose it when I sneeze!" The song is full of such humour. The accompanying fast tempo music and the very effective change of music key add to the success of this song. "She's My Ever Loving Machine" and the "Mermaid" are two other novelty songs in this collection. "In the Hills of Shiloh" and "Paul", "Stay Awhile" and "Rosalie's Good Eats Café" are nice ballads sung in the familiar Bare's laid back style. After this album's success, Bobby Bare brought out some other good concept albums with the help of his now very close buddy, the late Shel. "Hard Times Hungry" is now available on CDs. Another very successful concept album is the one called "Singing in the Kitchen" which he did with his whole family. Shel again wrote most of the son

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forgotten Classic

    I first heard Bobby Bare when I was a boy growing up. His music is something I will always remember

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    reminiscing with bobby bare

    i used to listen for hrs. to nothing but bobby bare on an 8 track player and let play over and over all night. in the 1970s.

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