Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute To The Songs Of Shel Silverstein

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
The late, multi-talented Shel Silverstein distinguished himself in so many different areas -- cartoons, children's books, screenplays, poems -- that his stellar songwriting sometimes gets overlooked. But in the '60s and '70s, he found success writing for both rock and country artists, most notably Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare, and Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, and was surely tickled by his place on the very short list of Jewish outlaw country pioneers. This all-star tribute to Silverstein's songs captures the poetry, the humor, and the pure emotion that made his catalog such a fertile source of material for other artists. Though he made a handful of album under his own name, ...
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All Music Guide - J. Allen
The late, multi-talented Shel Silverstein distinguished himself in so many different areas -- cartoons, children's books, screenplays, poems -- that his stellar songwriting sometimes gets overlooked. But in the '60s and '70s, he found success writing for both rock and country artists, most notably Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare, and Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, and was surely tickled by his place on the very short list of Jewish outlaw country pioneers. This all-star tribute to Silverstein's songs captures the poetry, the humor, and the pure emotion that made his catalog such a fertile source of material for other artists. Though he made a handful of album under his own name, Silverstein was never much of a singer -- honestly, he made Kris Kristofferson sound like Conway Twitty -- so there's none of that feeling one sometimes gets from a tribute album in which no one can sing the tunes like the honoree. Of course, the best-known versions of some of these songs are pretty iconic nevertheless, but almost everything is done justice here. Naturally, no one can live up to Johnny Cash's charismatic recording of "A Boy Named Sue," but the loose-limbed vibe Todd Snider brings to the tune feels like a natural fit. Likewise, Black Francis and Joey Santiago of the Pixies attack the old Dr. Hook hit "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" with so much gleeful sonic savagery that it stands up admirably alongside the original. Bobby Bare was one of the most consistent and perfectly suited interpreters of Silverstein's material -- some of Bare's best albums were written in their entirety by Silverstein -- but John Prine and Kris Kristofferson sound so at home in the Bare-associated "This Guitar Is for Sale" and "The Winner," respectively, that one might dare to think there are still new roads for these songs to travel. And even if your tolerance of kid-oriented tunes like "The Giving Tree" and the saccharine "Daddy What If" -- Silverstein was, after all, a hugely successful children's author -- is limited, there are only a couple of those moments to be skipped over on an otherwise impressive collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891405124
  • Catalog Number: 14051
  • Sales rank: 71,246

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lullabys, Legends & Lies - My Morning Jacket (3:24)
  2. 2 The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns - Andrew Bird (3:02)
  3. 3 This Guitar is For Sale - John Prine (4:38)
  4. 4 The Unicorn - Dr. Dog (4:21)
  5. 5 The Winner - Kris Kristofferson (4:58)
  6. 6 Queen of the Silver Dollar - Black Prairie (5:02)
  7. 7 Daddy What If - Isabella Bare (2:58)
  8. 8 The Cover of the Rolling Stone - Joey Santiago (3:36)
  9. 9 Sylvia's Mother - The Boxmasters (3:16)
  10. 10 Me & Jimmy Rodgers - Ray Price (3:53)
  11. 11 A Boy Named Sue - Todd Snider (4:09)
  12. 12 The Ballad of Lucy Jordan - Lucinda Williams (5:22)
  13. 13 The Living Legend - Bobby Bare (3:25)
  14. 14 The Giving Tree - Nanci Griffith (5:35)
  15. 15 26 Second Song - My Morning Jacket (0:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Bare Background Vocals
Sam Bush Mandolin
Nanci Griffith Vocals
John Prine Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Chip Young Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Dennis Crouch Bass
Mike Doster Bass
Black Francis Vocals
Paul Griffith Drums
Jamie Hartford Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Pat McInerney Percussion, Drums
Matt McKenzie Bass
Tim O'Brien Vocal Harmony
Joey Santiago Guitar
Eric Schermerhorn Electric Guitar
David Sutton Bass
Pete Wasner Piano
Jason Wilber Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tony Crow Piano, Keyboards
Rick Lonow Drums
Andrew Bird Vocals
Paul Burch Bass, Drums
Deanna Varagona Baritone Saxophone
Butch Norton Drums
J.T. Brown Vocal Harmony
Nate Query Upright Bass
Bobby Bare Jr. Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mike Butler Electric Guitar
James "Hags" Haggerty Bass
Aaron Ford Drums
Chris Scruggs Steel Guitar
Colonel J.D. Wilkes Harmonica
William Tyler Guitar
Brian Kotzur Drums
David Vandervelde Bass
Thomm Jutz Guitar
Sarah Jarosz Vocals, Octave Mandolin
Annalisa Tornfelt Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Dave Jacques Bass
Mike "Bubba" Bruce Tambourine, Tom-Tom
Jennifer-Conlee Drizos Accordion
Isabella Bare Vocals
Christopher Funk Dobro
Technical Credits
Bobby Bare Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Fred Koller Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer, Lyricist, Illustrations
Don Cobb Mastering
Pat McInerney Producer
Mark Nevers Producer, Engineer
Gary Paczosa Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Eric Liljestrand Producer, Engineer
Andrew Bird Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
John Carter Cash Producer
Eric Conn Mastering
J.D. Andrew Producer, Engineer
Tom Overby Producer
Bobby Bare Jr. Producer, Executive Producer
Eric Block Engineer
Jim James Producer
Larry Moyer Cover Photo
Dan Dietrich Engineer
Dave Ferguson Engineer
Dr. Dog Producer, Engineer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Thomm Jutz Producer, overdub engineer
Sarah Jarosz Producer
William Robert Thornton Producer
Rixie Leaptrot Executive Producer
John Baldwin Engineer
Chuck Turner Engineer
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