Burl Ives Poor Wayfaring Stranger

Poor Wayfaring Stranger
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  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Pearl


  • 1.Blue Tail Fly
  • 2.I'm Goin' Down the Road
  • 3.The Foggy, Foggy Dew
  • 4.Wee Cooper O'Fife
  • 5.The Riddle Song
  • 6.Cowboy's Lament (The Streets of Laredo)
  • 7.Tam Pierce (Widdicombe Fair)
  • 8.I Know Where I'm Going
  • 9.I Know My Love
  • 10.It Makes No Difference Now
  • 11.Sweet Betsy From Pike
  • 12.I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  • 13.Darlin' Cory
  • 14.Lavender Blue, Dilly, Dilly
  • 15.Billy Boy
  • 16.Ghost Riders in the Sky
  • 17.Poor Wayfaring Stranger
  • 18.Woolie Boogie Bee
  • 19.Mr. Froggie Went a-Courtin
  • 20.The Worried Man Blues
  • 21.The Doughnut Song
  • 22.I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
  • 23.One Hour Ahead of the Posse
  • 24.The Fox
  • 25.This Time Tomorrow
  • 26.Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord
  • 27.On Top of Old Smoky
  • 28.The Eddystone Light
  • 29.Hullabaloo-Belay
  • 30.I'm Sad and I'm Lonely
  • 31.Old Dan Tucker
  • 32.The Erie Canal
  • 33.Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  • 34.Saturday Night
  • 35.Venezuela
  • 36.The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Burl Ives (vocals, guitar).
Recorded in New York, New York between 1940 & 1945. Includes liner notes by
Greg Gormick.
Burl Ives had a multifaceted career from the late '30s until the late '70s as a folk balladeer, actor, folklorist, anthologist, author, and broadcaster, and his restrained, grandfatherly croon was perfect for taking the rough edges off ragged folk melodies and reintroducing them to the public, much as Bradley Kincaid had done in the era before him. Ives' voice always seemed to have a wink and a smile in it, and if his folk versions seem to fall to the quaint side of things, they were undeniably comfortable as an old shirt, easy to wear and free of subliminal politics. This collection gathers eight of the 12 sides he recorded for OKeh in the early '40s, as well as tracks from the Asch and Decca labels, including his signature tune, "Poor Wayfaring Stranger," which was a smoothing out of an 1830s religious folk tune; his 1947 hit with the Andrews Sisters, "Blue Tail Fly"; and an atmospheric version of "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," which hit number 21 on the pop charts in 1949 and prefigured most of the later versions by other artists. Nothing here is startling or controversial, as Ives continually strove to present folk music in the simplest light without ruffling feathers, making him the perfect counterpoint to a performer like Pete Seeger, who grafted folk music to a more political agenda. In the end, though, Ives and Seeger really were working the same mine, and while their purposes may have differed, they now seem like two sides of the proverbial coin, more alike than not. ~ Steve Leggett

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  • UPC: 727031709022
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