- Released: February 11, 1997
- Label: RCA
- 1.All American Boy
- 2.Shame on Me
- 3.Detroit City
- 4.500 Miles Away from Home
- 5.Miller's Cave
- 6.Four Strong Winds
- 7.A Dear John Letter
- 8.It's Alright
- 9.The Streets of Baltimore
- 10.The Game of Triangles
- 11.Charleston Railroad Tavern
- 12.Margie's at the Lincoln Park Inn
- 13.Bless America Again
- 14.Your Husband, My Wife
- 15.Ride Me Down Easy
- 16.Daddy What If
- 17.Marie Laveau
- 18.The Winner
- 19.Dropkick Me Jesus
Personnel includes: Bobby Bare (vocals); Hank Levine (conductor); The Jordanaires (background vocals); Jeannie Bare, Skeeter Davis, Liz Anderson, Norma Jean.
Producers include: Chet Atkins, Bob Ferguson, Felton Jarvis, Jack Clement, Ronny Light.
Compilation producer: Steve Lindsey.
Includes liner notes by Wade Jessen.
Digitally remastered by Randy Kling (DiscMastering, Nashville, Tennessee).
This is part of RCA Records' The Essential Series.
Personnel: The Jordanaires (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Wade Jessen.
Recording information: 08/??/1963-11/29/1976.
Editor: Richard Lescallette.
Arranger: Hank Levine.
Like all the other volumes of RCA's Essential series, The Essential Bobby Bare contains a cross-section of Bare's hits, lesser-known singles, rarities and album tracks. Though it is a useful and entertaining collection, Razor & Tie's compilation remains a more definitive retrospective. ~ Thom Owens