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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: BCD17570
  • Format: CD
  • UPC: 5397102175701
  • Street Date: 10/23/20
  • PreBook Date: 09/18/20
  • Label: Bear Family Records »
  • Genre: Country
  • Run Time: 476:39 mins
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Year of Production: 2020
  • Box Lot: 0
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


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Bobby Bare - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein Plus

8-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 128-page hardcover book, 137 tracks, total playing time 476:39 mns.

Bobby Bare - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein Plus
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Among Silverstein's wry sagas about winners, losers, and lonely all-night cafés, you'll discover charming children's songs and touching, affectionate love ballads. A complicated man, that Silverstein.

If most people associate the late Shel Silverstein with his children's literature, others remember his cartoons and graphic travelogues for 'Playboy.' By contrast, relatively few recognize this Chicago native as a prolific songwriter, penning such hits as Johnny Cash's A Boy Named Sue, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show's The Cover Of Rolling Stone, Tompall Glaser's Another Log On The Fire, and Loretta Lynn's One's On The Waycorn.

No artist recorded more Silverstein songs than veteran country singer Bobby Bare. His 1972 cover of Silverstein's bittersweet Sylvia's Mother launched a professional relationship that led to an enduring friendship. 'Lullabys, Legends And Lies' from 1974 remains an exercise in pure imagination, establishing Bare as a major album artist and yielded Marie Laveau, Bare's first chart-topping single.

During the late '70s, Shel Silverstein shifted his creative focus to playwriting and children's books, but he continued crafting clever songs specifically for Bare. By the mid-'80s, Bobby Bare had recorded more than 100 Silverstein originals.

'Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein, Plus,' the first comprehensive collection of this material, is accompanied by a 128-page hardcover book, its eight CDs include 137 tracks, 25 of them previously unissued. Six albums appear complete, including integral songs by other writers. The long-unheard 'Great American Saturday Night' includes three songs missing from a recent independent label release.

The box set contains an LP-sized, lavishly illustrated 128-page hardcover book that contains song lyrics and a discography. In a conversation with Hank Davis, Bare recalls his years working with Silverstein, and Dave Samuelson documents the songwriter's multiple creative pursuits.

Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • Lullabys, Legends And Lies
  • Paul
  • Marie Laveau
  • Daddy What If
  • The Wonderful Soup Stone
  • The Winner
  • In The Hills Of Shiloh
  • She's My Ever Lovin' Machine
  • The Mermaid
  • Rest Awhile
  • Bottomless Well
  • True Story
  • Sure Hit Songwriters Pen
  • Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe
  • Disc 2:
    • Hard Time Hungrys
    • (Taxes On) The Farmer Feeds Us All
    • Alimony
    • Two For A Dollar
    • Back Home In Huntsville Again
    • Daddy's Been Around The House Too Long
    • Warm And Free
    • Able-Bodied Man
    • $100,000 In Pennies
    • Bottles And Boxes
    • Truck Driver, Truck Driver
    • The Unemployment Line
    • Too Much Blues (prev. unrel.)
    • Things To Sell (prev. unrel.)
    • Door To Door (prev. unrel.)
    • Poor Blues (prev. unrel.)
    • It's Good To Know The Sun's Still Shinin' Somewhere (prev. unrel.)
    • Lead Me Back Home (prev. unrel.)
    • Disc 3:
      • Singin' In The Kitchen
      • The Monkey And The Elephant
      • Lovin' You Anyway
      • Where'd I Come From
      • Ricky Ticky Song
      • The Giving Tree
      • You Are
      • The Unicorn
      • Cloudy Sky
      • She Thinks I Can
      • Scarlet Ribbons
      • See That Bluebird
      • Sylvia's Mother
      • You Know Who
      • Staying Here With Me (prev. unrel.)
      • The Wheel (prev. unrel.)
      • Love And Flowers (prev. unrel.)
      • The Stranger
      • Chester
      • Bald Headed Woman
      • Baby Wants To Boogie
      • Brian Hennessey
      • Climbin' The Ladder And Climbin' The Walls
      • Yes, Mr. Rodgers
      • Disc 4:
        • Sweet Larraine (prev. unrel.)
        • Lemme Be Something (prev. unrel.)
        • Vince
        • Make It Pretty For Me Baby (prev. unrel.)
        • Vegas
        • It Ain't Easy (prev. unrel.)
        • February Snow
        • Sing For The Song
        • From The Jungle To The Zoo (prev. unrel.)
        • Too Many Nights Alone
        • Greasy Grit Gravy
        • They Held Me Down (prev. unrel.)
        • This Guitar Is For Sale
        • There's An 18 Wheeler In Front Of The Ritz Hotel (prev. unrel.)
        • More Like The Movies (prev. unrel.)
        • Hattie Halle And Big Dupree
        • Disc 5:
          • Nobody Wants To Go Home (prev. unrel.)
          • Childhood Hero
          • A Week On The Town (Gone As A Goose) (prev. unrel.)
          • Yard Full Of Rusty Cars
          • When She Cries (prev. unrel.)
          • Cold Day In Hell
          • So Good To So Bad
          • The Diet Song (Version 1)
          • When Hippies Get Older
          • Jennifer Johnson And Me
          • Me And Jimmie Rodgers
          • You Jumped Off The Gravy Train
          • Time
          • Drinkin' From The Bottle
          • Someplace To Come When It Rains
          • Stacy Brown Got Two
          • The Jogger
          • Three-Legged Man
          • Rodeo Queen
          • The Diet Song (Version 2) (prev. unrel.)
          • Disc 6:
            • Great American Saturday Night
            • Red-Neck Hippie Romance
            • Kids Today (prev. unrel.)
            • Dirty Ol' Me (prev. unrel.)
            • The Diet Song
            • Paintin' Her Fingernails
            • Goodnight Little Houseplant
            • I Can't Sleep (prev. unrel.)
            • The Living Legend
            • They Won't Let Us Show It At The Beach
            • The Day All The Yes Men Said No
            • Time
            • Whiplash Will
            • Me And Jimmie Rodgers
            • Someone To Talk To
            • Great American Saturday Night
            • Disc 7:
              • Good For Nothing Blues (Funky Water)
              • Numbers
              • Some Days Are Diamonds
              • Tequila Sheila
              • Rock Star's Lament
              • Crazy Again
              • Tecumseh Valley
              • Blind Willie Harper
              • Rough On The Living
              • Down To My Last Come And Get Me
              • Quaaludes Again
              • Goin' Back To Texas
              • I Can't Watch The Movie Anymore
              • Disc 8:
                • Drunk And Crazy
                • Food Blues
                • The World's Last Truck Drivin' Man
                • I Can Almost See Houston From Here
                • If That Ain't Love
                • Rock And Roll Hotel
                • This Much Rain (prev. unrel.)
                • Song Of The South
                • Appaloosa Rider
                • Bathroom Tissue Paper Letter
                • Willie Jones
                • Gotta Get Rid Of This Band
                • Drinkin' And Druggin' And Watchin' TV
                • Your Credit Card Won't Get You Into Heaven
                • I've Never Gone To Bed With An Ugly Woman
                • Desperados Waiting For A Train

Sales Points

  • VARIETY 'Best Music Boxed Sets of 2020'
  • #1 on NASHVILLE SCENE's Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

Press Quotes

These eight CDs leave you with a new appreciation for their funky, off-color chemistry.


A proper throwback to a time when songwriting literacy and pure shit-kicking were not such strange bedfellows... Excellent.



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