Songs from the Big Rock Candy Mountain

Songs from the Big Rock Candy Mountain

by Burl Ives
     
 

Everybody's kindly uncle, Burl Ives had a multifaceted career from the late '30s until the late '70s as a folk balladeer, actor, folklorist, anthologist, author, and broadcaster, his restrained, grandfatherly croon was perfect for taking the rough edges off ragged folk melodies and reintroducing them to the public, much as Bradley Kincaid<See more details below

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Everybody's kindly uncle, Burl Ives had a multifaceted career from the late '30s until the late '70s as a folk balladeer, actor, folklorist, anthologist, author, and broadcaster, his restrained, grandfatherly croon was perfect for taking the rough edges off ragged folk melodies and reintroducing them to the public, much as Bradley Kincaid had done in the era before him. Ives' voice always seemed to have a wink and a smile in it, and if his avuncular folk versions seem to fall to the quaint side of things, they were undeniably comfortable as an old shirt, easy to wear and free of subliminal politics (even though Ives was an ardent activist). This collection gathers some 30-plus sides, all featuring Ives' comfortable, easy approach, an approach that make these songs seem as familiar as an old family friend coming to dinner. That easy, casual style was both Ives' strength and his weakness, because after three or four songs, it all begins to blend together in a leisurely flow, and some of the wild, ragged edges of these folk songs are unfortunately washed away by Ives' smoothness. Still, songs like "Blue Tail Fly," his 1947 hit with the Andrews Sisters, were rescued from a lonely fate of being cited only in academic folk journals by his popularity, even if the sly and veiled stabs at the plantation south in the song were bleached away by Ives' approach. Ives continually strove to present folk music in the simplest light without ruffling feathers, making him the perfect counterpoint to a performer like Pete Seeger, who grafted folk music to a more public political agenda. In the end, though, Ives and Seeger really were working the same mine, and while their purposes may have differed, they now seem like two sides of the proverbial coin, more alike than not.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2007
Label:
Rev-Ola
UPC:
5013929451629
catalogNumber:
216
Rank:
68291

Tracks

  1. The Big Rock Candy Mountain
  2. Blue Tail Fly
  3. I Know an Old Lady
  4. Lavender Blue
  5. On Top of Ol' Smoky
  6. The Fox
  7. Aunt Rhody
  8. Frankie and Johnny
  9. Cowboy's Lament
  10. Old Dan Tucker
  11. Erie Canal
  12. Darlin' Cory
  13. Peter Gray
  14. Sweet Betsy from Pike
  15. Po' Boy
  16. The Golden Vanity
  17. Tam Pierce
  18. Jesse James
  19. The Eddystone Light
  20. The Riddle Song
  21. Turtle Dove
  22. Lolly-Too-Dum
  23. I'm Goin' Down the Road
  24. Edward
  25. The Foggy, Foggy Dew
  26. Git Along Little Dogies
  27. I Know Where I'm Going
  28. I Know My Love
  29. The Three Crows
  30. Leather Winged Bat
  31. Cotton-Eyed Joe
  32. Wee Cooper O'Fife
  33. The Young Man Who Couldn't Hoe Corn

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Burl Ives   Primary Artist
Nick Robbins   Synthesizer
Joe Foster   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Burl Ives   Arranger
Elie Siegmeister   Arranger
Alan Mills   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Harry McClintock   Composer
David Peters   Liner Notes
Joe Foster   Producer
John Stone   Arranger
Eliot Daniel   Arranger
Dave Travis   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Seeger, Petersen + Marsalis   Arranger
Andy Morten   Artwork
Robert Putney Drake   Liner Notes
Newton Stewart   Liner Notes

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