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on December 15, 2012
After that god-awful "Moon Was Blue" album some years back, I thought Bobby Bare was completely washed up. That time, Bare let his hipster son run the show and produce, and he re-imagined Bare as some ironic lounge act--and Bare responded by singing like he was on Qualudes. This time, Bare went with a company and a producer who actually believe in vintage country music and the results are a thousand times better. Bare sounds fully engaged--His voice, which was never pretty, is at least forceful. The material is first rate--both old classics like "Shenandoah" and "Tom Dooley" and newer stuff like "I Was Drunk" (sort of the album centerpiece) and the throwback story song "The Devil and Billy Markham."

This album is certainly on a par with, and deserves to get the same sort of recognition as, Johnny Cash's latter-day works with Rick Rubin.
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on January 4, 2013
I have been following Bobby Bare's music since 1962. While pre-RCA numbers like "All American Boy" were good, they really didn't move me. However, once "Detroit City" hit the charts, I became loyal fan. In the early and mid-60s, Bobby was a great proponent of the folk-country sound. "500 Miles Away From Home" and "Four Strong Winds' still send shivers up my spine. In the 60s, Bobby recorded a pioneer concept album "A Bird Named Yesterday", which I still play at least once a month. He also recorded a great Tom T. Hall song about middle class hypocrisy titled "Margie's At The Lincoln Park Inn".
Feeling that RCA was not giving adequate promotion to his material, Bobby switched to Mercury in 1970. The Mercury years were essentially fallow years though "Where Have All The Seasons Gone" was a great nostalgia cut. Bobby came back to RCA in 1973 and teamed with a songwriter that had written hits for Johnny Cash and Faron Young. In 1973, Bobby and Shel Silverstein took country music to heights that no one ever thought possible. Who can forget the album "Lullaby's, Legends and Lies" with songs like "The Winner" and "The Mermaid". Also there was a great duet with 5 year old Bobby, Jr. "Daddy, What If'. Bobby followed up that album with the LP "Hard Time Hungrys" . Remember "$100,000 in Pennies"!
In the late 70s Bobby switched to Columbia and recorded such hell raising songs like "Drunk and Crazy", "Your Credit Card Won't Get You To Heaven", "Tequilla Sheilla" and "Qualudes Again". By the mid 80s, Bobby and Columbia parted . While he still did some live shows, he was no longer associated with any major label and he no longer made the charts.
In 2005, Bobby tried to make a recording comeback with the CD " The Moon Was Blue". Produced by Bobby Bare, Jr. this recording was a disaster and included POP crap like "Love Letters In The Sand".
Now it's 2012 and the REAL Bobby Bare is back with a 16 cut CD titled "Darker Than Light". Bobby's voice is better than ever and the instrumentation is fantastic. My only complaint is that I wish that there were more original numbers. Though to be sure there are numbers that haven't been done by too many country artists. "I Still Haven't Found What I Am Looking For" was originally done by the Irish group U2 and is a number that many can easily relate to.. "Farewell Angelina" is a Bob Dylan song that is given a beautiful reading. Alejadro Esscovedo's "I Was Drunk" is a return to Bobby"s "Drunk And Crazy" days. Bobby was a pioneer in the folk-country movement and songs of that genre are represented with "John Henry" and " Lookout Mountain", a song about the Civil War. Some standards like "House Of The Rising Sun" and "Dark As A Dungeon get a new reading in Bobby's capable hands and are actually better than the originals.
There are a few originals in this CD that stand out like "I Was A Young Man Once" where an aging male looks back on his youthful mistakes. "Woody" is a fictional account about meeting folk legend Woody Guthrie. No Bobby Bare album would be complete without something by Shel Silverstein and this one has "The Devil and Billy Markham" which has explicit lyrics and should only be heard by adults. This was originally a six part Playboy series and later done as a Lincoln Center play. In a little over six minutes Bobby condenses the substance of the play and the written series. His delivery is flawless.
At the age of 77, as this CD demonstrates, Bobby Bare is still vital and relevant. Perhaps I'm prejudiced since I am one year younger than Bobby. Hopefully this CD will mark the beginning of a a new 20 year run for Bobby. I eagerly await the follow-up CD.
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on May 28, 2013
Bobby Bare is back! Well recorded, good choice of songs and the old man is in good voice. This is the best album Bobby has done since "Down and Dirty" and your duets with Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis and Jerry Reed on "Old Dogs" (which I would recommend to anyone that likes country music). The whole album is great. I would recommend this to anyone who loves Bobby Bare. Welcome back Bobby, I for one have missed you.
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on October 1, 2016
Bobby Bare covers some the classic and a few new ones in this collection but he does it his way! I was Drunk is a classic, Angelina is a cover but better. You will not be sorry to own this one. Love BB and Shel
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on May 31, 2013
There is no one who could do this series of songs better than Bobby Bare! Both the songs and Bare are familiar great classics! This is real "meat and potatoes" country songs that Bobby Bare understands, lives and sinks into. Thank God you are recording TRUE COUNTRY again Bobby Bare!
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on December 4, 2012
Bobby Bare returns with a new album of folk songs, covers, and originals. This is the semi-retired musician's first album since 2005's 'The Moon was Blue'. I have listened to 'Darker than Light' 3 or 4 times through and I enjoy it. It's fresh and better than what's on the radio today. Bare's deep voice and the musicianship from the studio pickers on the album flow well together. Some of the highlights are Bob Dylan's 'Farewell Angelina', 'Lookout Mountain', 'I was a Young Man Once', 'Tennessee Stud', and of course the take on the Shel Silverstein poem 'The Devil and Billy Markham'. Its good to see Bobby Bare still making music and this new album would be good to add to your collection.
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on January 6, 2015
This is Bobby Bare at his finest. I bought it because of one song ("I Was Drunk") I heard on Outlaw Country (satellite radio). His version of "Dark As A Dungeon" is enough to almost bring me to tears - utterly fantastic. I would love to hear him redo some of his old songs (All American Boy, 500 Miles Away From Home, Detroit City, Millers Cave, etc.) with the voice he has now. It would be fine with me if he left out "Drop Kick Me Jesus..." from such an anthology.
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on April 2, 2014
This is a great cd...bobby bare is at his best...loved house of the rising sun and shenandoah. He puts his own stamp on all of the songs. Every bobby bare fan should have this cd.
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on February 7, 2015
not his best album, by a long shot. and ive listened to bobby bare since I was a little gal in the 1960s. Im really disappointed in the song, and I use the term 'song' loosely, where he starts using vulgar language. a singer of his caliber knows how to sing without resorting to vulgarity and swearing. I returned this cd.
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