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Old Dogs
     

Old Dogs

5.0 2
by The Old Dogs
 
One of the really fine country records of 1992 surely was the most unexpected. OLD DOGS teams veterans Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, Bobby Bare, and Jerry Reed on eleven songs penned by fellow old dog Shel Silverstein.

Overview

One of the really fine country records of 1992 surely was the most unexpected. OLD DOGS teams veterans Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, Bobby Bare, and Jerry Reed on eleven songs penned by fellow old dog Shel Silverstein. Released only a couple of months before Silverstein passed away, these literate, double-edged ruminations focus on the indignities, frustrations, and yes, even triumphs, of growing older and watching the world pass you by. Performance anxiety is a central theme here (sample lyrics: "We're old dogs / But we can still bury a bone," and "I ain't too old to cut the mustard / I'm just too tired to spread it around."), but not everything's played for laughs. These four great artists are in fine form throughout; if these are the last new Silverstein songs to see the light of day, they done him proud. Treasure this one.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Old Dogs, indeed: At the time of this album's release, the combined ages of its principals -- Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, Bobby Bare, and Jerry Reed -- exceeded 250 years, and to these sixtysomethings really should have been added the disc's true auteur, Shel Silverstein, who wrote all the songs. Beginning with the title track, Silverstein's theme, naturally enough, was aging, and being Silverstein, his take on it was expressed in pointed, usually humorous novelty songs with titles like "I Don't Do It No More," "Cut the Mustard," and "Still Gonna Die." The singers took turns singing lead on successive songs, with one or more sometimes joining in for asides or choruses. The album was recorded live in the studio before a raucously enthusiastic audience that sang along, and producer Bare gave it a heavily echoed, trebly sound. The songs could be touching, especially "Me and Jimmie Rodgers," which mixed false reminiscences about real people and movie stars, and the album-closing "Time." But more often Silverstein affected a gallows humor, for example, on "I Never Expected," in which he complained about having lived so long, and "Still Gonna Die," a list song that described the ultimately futile things you can do for your health. Of course, Silverstein was right; he died five months after the album's release. But that only made it a final monument to his unique, irrepressible worldview.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/1998
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075678315626
catalogNumber:
83156
Rank:
5443

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Old Dogs   Primary Artist
Bobby Bare   Track Performer
Waylon Jennings   Track Performer
Jerry Reed   Track Performer
Mel Tillis   Track Performer
David Schnaufer   Jew's Harp
Shel Silverstein   Background Vocals
Eddie Anderson   Drums
Thom Bresh   Guitar
Michael Clarke   Drums
Bobby Emmons   Keyboards
Gary Kubal   Percussion
Mike Leech   Bass
Fred Newell   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Jay Vern   Organ
Pete Wade   Electric Guitar
Jamie Whiting   Keyboards
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle
Bobby Lovett   Bass,Dobro
Ron de la Vega   Cello
Bobby Bare   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bobby Bare   Producer
Waylon Jennings   Contributor
Jerry Reed   Contributor
Mel Tillis   Contributor
Shel Silverstein   Illustrations
Denny Knight   Engineer
Brien Fisher   Producer

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Old Dogs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You couldnt ask for a better four-some in putting this album together. The older you are, the more you will appreciate the songs. You will laugh at some of the songs, and then give quiet thought to the others. Its a shame that time passes so quickly. With songwriter Shel Silverstein passing on, and now that Waylon Jennings is gone, is just a reminder that time keeps moving, and eventually everyone, including old dogs, will pass on. Its a great CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great friend brought this cd to me to try and broaden my musical horizons into country music. This entire album is terrific and will definitely make you laugh out loud. I didn't want it to end. Shared it with a friend in Texas..imagine..and he ordered 11 copies to give to his friends! This is now one of my favorite cd's to play when I want to smile!