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

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Shel Silverstein, as a writer, poet, and songwriter has influenced generations upon generations of kids (and kids at heart) with his brilliant, witty, and touching turns of
phrase. It is Silverstein's oft-overlooked catalog of classic songs that is the focus of this new all-star
tribute. As a songwriter, Silverstein penned indelible songs for artists such as Johnny Cash, Dr. Hook, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Bare, and countless others. On this collection, lovingly produced by Bobby Bare Sr. and Bobby Bare Jr., two distinct generations of artists inspired by Silverstein have lined up to pay tribute. From Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, and John Prine to Andrew Bird,
My Morning Jacket, and Dr. Dog, Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein is an eclectic, endearing valentine to this giant of American song.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lullabys, Legends and Lies (My Morning Jacket)
  2. The Twistable, Turnable Man Returns (Andrew Bird)
  3. This Guitar Is For Sale (John Prine)
  4. The Unicorn (Dr. Dog)
  5. The Winner (Kris Kristofferson)
  6. Queen of the Silver Dollar (Sarah Jarosz with Black Prairie)
  7. Daddy What If (Bobby Bare, Jr. with Isabella Bare)
  8. The Cover of the Rolling Stone (Black Francis with Joey Santiago)
  9. Sylvia's Mother (The Boxmasters)
  10. Me and Jimmie Rodgers (Ray Price)
  11. A Boy Named Sue (Todd Snider)
  12. The Ballad of Lucy Jordan (Lucinda Williams)
  13. The Living Legend (Bobby Bare)
  14. The Giving Tree (Nanci Griffith)
  15. 26 Second Song (My Morning Jacket)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugar Hill
  • ASIN: B003FW50ZK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A surprising number of people know Shel Silverstein only as an author, cartoonist, poet or the writer of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue." But when you start to reel off the songs that were hits for other singers, such as the Irish Rovers' "The Unicorn," or Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show's "Sylvia's Mother" and "The Cover of the Rolling Stone," most will see they're more familiar with Silverstein's music than they previously realized. Mention Marianne Faithful's comeback cover of "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" and his work gains a layer of indie cred, and spin them Bobby Bare's Lullabyes, Legends and Lies, and the books and hit singles start to look like commercial peaks atop a vast catalog of artful and endearing music.

This fifteen-song tribute was produced by Bobby Bare Jr. and Sr., whose shared professional acquaintance with Silverstein dates back to a 1974 father-son duet of the Silverstein-penned "Daddy, What If." That song transcends to a new generation as Bare Jr. revisit its heart-tugging lyric of parental love with his daughter Isabelle.
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This is a Shel Silverstein tribute album. These are great songs. All the performances are good, some are even great. Kris Kristofferson gives the best performance.
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I got this as a Father's Day present, and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by the album. Basically, it's various artists covering more famous versions of the songs. "The Unicorn" for instance is covered by Dr. Dog, and is the lowest point on the album, but new versions of "The Cover of the Rolling Stone," and "Sylvia's Mother" are pleasant variations. "Rolling Stone" is especially fun, sounding more like the way I think Silverstein wanted it to sound as opposed to the wonderfully enthusiastic Dr. Hook verson.
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I actually bought the disc to get the Todd Snider cover of A Boy Named Sue. That track was worth every penny! The John Prine Cover of This Guitar is for Sale is very good as is Kris Kristoferson's cover of Winner. The other's were unimpressive in my opinion. If you're familiar with the Dr. Hook version of Cover of the Rolling Stone, for example, this version just doesn't stack up. Most of the other tracks felt amateurish to me. This is just one man's opinion; YMMV.
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This CD has 2 bonus tracks (Golden Kiss by Bobby Bare and One's on the way by Elizabeth Cook. So please be careful if you buy this that your copy has these bonus tracks.
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I was a bit disappointed in the artists who did the tribute. I think Shel Silverstein deserves better. Considering the songs themselves, this is a great collection of his eclectic style, but the music itself, especially, the wretched version of "The Unicorn", IMO...does a great disservice to his body of work.
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I'll try to keep this short. I received this as a gift and didn't know what to think of it when I first saw it. I'll cut to the chase and say that I enjoy almost every song on here. It's one that I often enjoy by myself, sharing with friends, or even with my kids. If I had known how much I'd enjoy, I would have purchased this for myself. Great gift idea.(Listen to the samples, of course, to be sure they fit your taste.)
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Sent these on to my "kids" for their kids and we all love Shel and remember him from when we were all young. And this tribute brought back all the joy we had reading his books and recalled the great times we had decades ago. And we all felt like kids again.
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