Burl Ives Sweet Sad & Salty

Sweet Sad & Salty
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CD Details

  • Released: April 17, 2012
  • Originally Released: 2012
  • Label: Omni


  • 1.The Almighty Dollar Bill
  • 2.Forty Hour Week
  • 3.Bury The Bottle With Me
  • 4.Mama Don't Want No Peas, No Rice
  • 5.Lynching Party
  • 6.Who Done It?
  • 7.Lower Forty
  • 8.Time To Bum Again
  • 9.Born For Trouble
  • 10.I'm The Boss
  • 11.Wishin' She Was Here (Instead Of Me)
  • 12.Hard Luck And Misery
  • 13.Unemployment Check
  • 14.Hobo Jungle
  • 15.The Atlantic Coastal Line
  • 16.Poor Boy In A Rich Man's Town
  • 17.A Hundred And Twenty Miles From Nowhere
  • 18.That's All I Can Remember
  • 19.Ninety Nine
  • 20.What You Gonna Do, Leroy?
  • 21.A Little Bitty Tear
  • 22.Lenora, Let Your Hair Hang Down
  • 23.The Long Black Veil
  • 24.Delia
  • 25.Oh, My Side
  • 26.Girlie Magazine
  • 27.Back To Nashville, Tennessee
  • 28.Mean, Mean Man
  • 29.All Aboard
  • 30.The Sixties
  • 31.Mrs. Johnson's Happiness Emporium

Product Description:

Audio Remasterer: Warren Barnett.
Liner Note Author: Alvin Lucia.
Recording information: Bradley's Barn Recording Studio, Nashville, TN (1961-1972).
Omni Recording Corporation specializes in digging out the oddities in an established veteran's catalog, and their 2012 Burl Ives compilation Sweet Sad & Salty is no exception. Concentrating on his Owen Bradley-produced Nashville sessions of the '60s, this 31-track collection samples from eight different LPs released between 1961 and 1973, adding four previously unreleased tracks -- "Time to Bum Again," "Born for Trouble," "Unemployment Check," and "Hobo Jungle," none given specific copyrights in the liner notes -- to the mix. Many of these songs were written by Nashville heavyweights -- there's a ton of songs credited to Harlan Howard, and many more to Hank Cochran, Jack Clement, Boudleaux Bryant, Hank Cochran, and Mel Tillis -- which, combined with the role of Bradley and the omnipresent Anita Kerr Singers, goes a long way in explaining how firmly entrenched this music is within Music City, no matter what the candy-colored psychedelic artwork suggests. Only a handful of these cuts date from the back half of the '60s, and if the songs sometimes address the shifting tides (granddad Burl reads a "Girlie Magazine" in his easy chair; he sings a ditty about the "longhair boys and screaming females" on "The Sixties"), the bulk of the record consists of amiable country-pop performed with panache and a sly wink. Bradley's productions are a little more adorned than Ives' early folkier work, but this is still in that vein -- it's just that the songs are a little more varied musically and thematically, the productions a bit fuller. It's enjoyable and sometimes curious, but not revelatory. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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  • UPC: 9326425806210
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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