The Moon Was Blue

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
It took 22 years and the urgings of his talented son to coax country great Bobby Bare back into the recording studio, and co-producer Bare Jr.'s persistence really paid off. The Moon Was Blue is a beautifully realized collection of vintage covers, featuring Bare Sr.'s weathered baritone cushioned by some beautiful countrypolitan arrangements. The song selection spotlights several less-than-obvious choices, all of which, in content and conception, seem to connect with Bobby on the most fundamental, emotional level, from the sumptuous, string-laden rendition of Andy Williams's 1958 hit, "Are You Sincere," which features Bare at his crooning best, to a gritty, basic band ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
It took 22 years and the urgings of his talented son to coax country great Bobby Bare back into the recording studio, and co-producer Bare Jr.'s persistence really paid off. The Moon Was Blue is a beautifully realized collection of vintage covers, featuring Bare Sr.'s weathered baritone cushioned by some beautiful countrypolitan arrangements. The song selection spotlights several less-than-obvious choices, all of which, in content and conception, seem to connect with Bobby on the most fundamental, emotional level, from the sumptuous, string-laden rendition of Andy Williams's 1958 hit, "Are You Sincere," which features Bare at his crooning best, to a gritty, basic band take on Shel Silverstein's sardonic story-song "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan." Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin' at Me" begins with an exotic, jittery feel, via some electronic wizardry mingling with the guitars and pedal steel, before Bare glides into a smooth, plaintive reading of the chorus that will strike a responsive chord in anyone who loves the original. He transforms "Love Letters in the Sand" into a gently shuffling country torch song, with assistance from woodwinds, strings, pedal steel, a chanting background chorus, and a spoken bridge, and re-imagines "Shine On, Harvest Moon" as a lilting western swing waltz, complete with a small combo's graceful sway, cooing background vocals, and old-timey muted horn parts. Similar pleasant surprises and inspired performances rule the day on this most welcome of comebacks.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 2005, Bobby Bare was coaxed out of 22-year-long retirement from recording by his son Bobby Bare, Jr. to record The Moon Was Blue, a collection of 11 songs the veteran country outlaw always loved but, for the most part, never recorded. Bare Jr. teamed up with fellow country renegade Mark Nevers -- a Nashville veteran, but also a member of indie rock eccentrics Lambchop -- to provide production and assemble a backing band for Bare Sr., who would just pick the songs and sing. Bare chose a set of songs divided between pop standards like "It's All in the Game" and "Love Letters in the Sand," country classics like "Am I That Easy to Forget," folk-rock like "Everybody's Talkin'," and even a Shel Silverstein tune that he never got around to recording before "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan". His son and Nevers gave the songs quiet, moody arrangements ideal for lonely late-night listening, and while there are some arty touches scattered throughout the record, they're usually used as sonic texturing in the background, since the focus is always on Bare and the song. Which is how it should be, because Bare has always been a commanding, compelling interpretive singer, skills that have not left him, as this low-key gem illustrates. Bare sounds old and wise, but he never sounds weary or tired certainly, he doesn't sound as if he's in his seventies, and his robust baritone provides an appropriately weighty anchor to arrangements that otherwise seem to float in the air. While Bare Jr. and Nevers certainly indulge in some affected artiness on occasion, it actually enhances the overall sound and effect of The Moon Was Blue; the contrast between the dreamy production and Bare Sr.'s deep voice helps illustrate what a fine singer he is. This is an understated album, never indulging in the myth-making of Johnny Cash's American recordings and never presenting itself as a major work, but that's the appeal of The Moon Was Blue: it's a modest yet musically rich album that succeeds because of its modest nature. Other comeback albums may be splashier than The Moon Was Blue, but few have ever been as successful as this, since it not only stands on its own terms, it provides a nice coda to Bare's wonderful, underrated career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2005
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • UPC: 803020120921
  • Catalog Number: 1209
  • Sales rank: 155,456

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Bare Primary Artist, Vocals
John Jackson Guitar
Cindy Walker Vocals
Dennis Crouch Bass
Mike Doster Bass
Barry Green Brass
Gary Kubal Percussion
Doug Moffet Reeds, Brass
Gordon Mote Vocals
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Mark Nevers Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Steve Patrick Brass
David Steele Mandolin
Kenny Vaughn Guitar
Tony Crow Piano, Keyboards
Pete Finney Steel Guitar
Andrew Bird Violin
Paul Burch Guitar, Drums, Vibes
Carol Anderson Vocals
Bobby Bare Jr. Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Carey Kotsionis Vocals
Chris Masterson Guitar
William Tyler Guitar
John Henry Jackson Guitar
Brian Kotzur Drums
G Daddy Guitar
Dennis Wilson Vocals
G-Daddy Guitar
The Jeannie Bare Kids Choir Vocals
Erin Hugely Cello
Ben Martin Drums
Technical Credits
Percy Faith Composer
Fred Neil Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Max D. Barnes Composer
Lloyd Barry Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Wind Arrangements
J. Fred Coots Composer
Mark Nevers Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Allen Reynolds Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Shelby Singleton Composer
Wayne Walker Composer
Nora Bayes Composer
Jack Norworth Composer
Herbert Kretzmer Composer
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Charles Dawes Composer
Bobby Bare Jr. Producer, Audio Production
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