Drunk & Crazy...Plus
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For the first time on CD, one of the greatest country albums of all time by Bobby Bare. In 1980 Bare issued the landmark 'Down & Dirty' which Raven reissued in 2006 (RVCD243) and as a follow-up Drunk & Crazy was a career defining release and an encapsulation of the 'devil may care' rambunctious yet poetic style the artist had honed over many years. For the album Bare continued his collaboration with master song writer Shel Silverstein, a musical marriage made in heaven. The album contains some fine examples of Silverstein's vivid imagination and canny observations. For every wry, humorous song there is a sensitive heartfelt one and they all share a common factor, a message. This perfectly formed album ends with one of the finest versions ever of Guy Clark's sublime "Desperados Waiting For The Train". Embellished with nine stunning bonus tracks, circa 1978-1983, this is Bobby Bare at the top of his game.
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It's a Bobby Bare that a lot of people aren't familiar with... the darker side of his comic wit shows through on a lot of the songs. They are NOT politically correct, but for those of us who can take a joke and not get our panties in a wad, it's hillarious. Songs with lines in them like, "Baby I'm sorry I done you like that, I called you a name and I gave you a whack, then I spit in your eye and gave your wrist a twist, but if that ain't love what is?" or, "I called up the police, swore that you stole my car, then showed some nekid pictures of you down at the bar, then I pointed out the part of me that you used to kiss and if that ain't love what is?" Like I say, if you understand it's a joke and you take it the way it was intended you'll love it.
There are some other songs on the album that aren't funny, but are more along the lines of the stuff you are used to hearing Bobby play and they're good too.
Like I say, this is an album from my younger days and it brought back lots of fun memories. To me, it's timeless.