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  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • ASIN: B001CW7MJC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Big Dupree
2. Finger on the Button
3. The Gambler
4. Yard Full of Rusty Cars
5. Greasy Grit Gravy
6. Too Many Nights Alone
7. Childhood Hero
8. February Snow
9. This Guitar Is for Sale
10. Sing for the Song
11. Sleep Tight, Good Night Man
12. Hot Afternoon (Arizona Desert)
13. What Did It Get Me
14. Goin' Up's Easy, Comin' Down's Hard
15. The Way I Feel Tonight
16. Healin'
17. Love Is a Cold Wind
18. I'll Fell a Whole Lot Better
19. The Last Time
20. On a Real Good Night
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Editorial Reviews

For the first time on CD, Raven presents two of the finest Country albums of all time by Bobby Bare - 'Bare' (1978) and Sleeper Wherever I Fall (1978). On Bare, Bobby is joined by song-writer Shel Silverstein for a series of freewheeling and humorous vignettes such as 'Yard Full of Rusty Cars', 'Greasy Grit Gravy', 'Too Many Nights Alone' (US Country #29) and 'Sing for the Song' and Bare's peerless covers of Donald Schlitz's 'The Gambler' and Larry Wilkerson's 'Finger on the Button'. Helping out on backing vocals were Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Silverstein. Sleeper wherever I Fall was another stellar release featuring memorable and distinctive covers of Silbar/Lorber's 'Sleep Tight, Good Night Man' (US Country #11), the Rodney Crowell gem 'On a Real Good Night' and some vintage Rock gone Country in Gene Clark's 'I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better' and Jagger / Richard's 'The Last Time'. Embellished with two 1983 bonus tracks, this is Bobby Bare at the top of his game.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2009
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This has a few really good songs, a few bad ones and a lot of in between.

It's worth getting the disc to hear Bobby's great "Going Up's Easy, Coming Down's Hard" and the Bare-ified version of the Rolling Stones "This May Be the Last Time."

And as a bonus, you get to hear Bobby recount an extremely unfortunate encounter with "Big Dupree"--one that makes "Bobby" from "Deliverance" seem lucky--complete with the worst falsetto shrieking ever put on tape.
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These two albums were first issued in 1978 after Bobby Bare moved over to Columbia Records.

I'd bought his early to mid 1970s RCA albums such as "Hard Time Hungrys", "Cowboys and Daddys", "The Winner", and "Me and McDill", plus owned some of his classic early to mid 60s RCA albums, and the Mercury/UA "Very Best" album. All of these albums still sound great today.

When Bare signed with Columbia in the late 1970s, there was a big push by the music industry to "update" or "modernize" country music, making it more pop oriented in an attempt to sell records. Both of the first two Columbia albums had a lot of good tracks, the premier release "Bare" being more country or outlaw country, the second release "Sleeper" being much more pop-oriented with a contemporary sound for the time of its appearance, and it was advertised that way at that time.

I bought this CD as I bought these albums when they were brand new, and remembered having liked the two albums back then. Unfortunately, as with many of the country artists whose style was tampered with to "go pop" in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it's hit and miss as to what has held up over time and what now sounds terribly dated. The "Sleeper" album is especially impacted. It still has some good songs, but the arrangements of many of them are in a modernized style that didn't last.

If you don't have strong memories attached to the music on these two albums from 35 years ago, go instead with the RCA material, which has stood the test of time.
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By john thomas on July 5, 2013
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I bought this for the Sleeper Wherever I Fall album. I had bought that original record in a bargin bin. It was also one of those records I thought would never be released on cd. I dont have every Bobby Bare record. But he has three albums that are great. Lullabys Legends And Lies, Down And Dirty, and Sleeper Wherever I Fall. Which is a very under rated album. Every song on it is good. It opens with Sleep Tight Good Night Man. Which was a hit although I dont think it got into the top 10. It's got a song called Goin' Up's Easy Comin' Downs Hard. About a bunch of kids in a band trying to make it big. Then trying not to sell out. If you've got the other songs. Listen to it and the Bellamy Brothers Back When The Music Meant Everything, and Charlie Daniels Band Dance With Me back to back. This is more of a pop record with no novelty songs on it. Healin', Hot Afternoon, I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better, and On A Real Good Night which is where the title of the album came from are all good songs as are the rest of the songs. I did not have the Bare album and wouldn't have bought it by itself. I did have Big Dupree, The Gambler, Greasy Grit Gravy, and This Guitar Is For Sale on other cds. It has more of a laid back feel to it. The typical Bobby Bare album with Shel Silverstein goof ball songs on it.
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If you enjoy country singers that combine humorous songs with catchy, hummable tunes, Bobby Bare is worth checking out. I'd agree with the reviewer that called this a mixed bag, but that's perhaps to be expected, considering that this set combines two studio albums and is not trying to be any sort of "best of" compilation or retrospective. Nevertheless, there are some great moments on here. I'm not crazy about all of the Shel Silverstein songs, but absolutely love the fun and funky "Greasy Grit Gravy," and the title track from "Sleeper Wherever I Fall" is lovely. It's worth getting this CD (thanks to Raven for putting it together) just to hear Bobby Bare's warm vocals and his covers of tunes like "This Will be the Last Time" and the Rodney Crowell song.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Olsen on November 9, 2008
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I have many Bobby Bare cd's, the bear famely box is one of them. When I played this the other day I was trilled, more than ever before listening to Bobby. These albums are superb,,,often pop music is just too much pop to my taste,,I love good songs, greate lyric, this album is fresh, modern but still very greate lyrichs,
This is by far the best Bobby Bare cd I have heard...
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