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Format: CD
Sku: 215656328
UPC: 015891405124
UPC 14: 00015891405124
Release Date: 6/8/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Lullabys, Legends & Lies ~ Various Artists
2. Twistable, Turnable Man Returns, The ~ Various Artists
3. This Guitar is For Sale ~ Various Artists
4. Unicorn, The - Dr. Dog ~ Various Artists
5. Winner, The ~ Various Artists
6. Queen of the Silver Dollar - Black Prairie ~ Various Artists
7. Daddy What If - Bobby Bare, Jr. ~ Various Artists
8. Cover of the Rolling Stone, The - Joey Santiago/Black Francis ~ Various Artists
9. Sylvia's Mother ~ Various Artists
10. Me & Jimmy Rodgers ~ Various Artists
11. Boy Named Sue, A ~ Various Artists
12. Ballad of Lucy Jordan, The ~ Various Artists
13. Living Legend, The ~ Various Artists
14. Giving Tree, The ~ Various Artists
15. 26 Second Song - My Morning Jacket ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Tributee: Shel Silverstein.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Bobby Bare.
Muze PNote Recording information: Beech House Recording Studios, Nashville, TN; Jackpot Recording, Portland, OR; Lake Fever Productions, Nashville, TN; Minutia Studios, Nashville, TN; The Cash Cabin Studio; The cave; The Village, West LA; Wall To Wall Studios, Chicago, IL.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Shel Silverstein.
Muze PNote Photographers: Alan Mayor; Bobby Bare, Jr.
Muze PNote The late, multi-talented Shel Silverstein distinguished himself in so many different areas -- cartoons, children's books, screenplays, poems -- that his stellar songwriting sometimes gets overlooked. But in the `60s and `70s, he found success writing for both rock and country artists, most notably Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare, and Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, and was surely tickled by his place on the very short list of Jewish outlaw country pioneers. This all-star tribute to Silverstein's songs captures the poetry, the humor, and the pure emotion that made his catalog such a fertile source of material for other artists. Though he made a handful of album under his own name, Silverstein was never much of a singer -- honestly, he made Kris Kristofferson sound like Conway Twitty -- so there's none of that feeling one sometimes gets from a tribute album in which no one can sing the tunes like the honoree. Of course, the best-known versions of some of these songs are pretty iconic nevertheless, but almost everything is done justice here. Naturally, no one can live up to Johnny Cash's charismatic recording of "A Boy Named Sue," but the loose-limbed vibe Todd Snider brings to the tune feels like a natural fit. Likewise, Black Francis and Joey Santiago of the Pixies attack the old Dr. Hook hit "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" with so much gleeful sonic savagery that it stands up admirably alongside the original. Bobby Bare was one of the most consistent and perfectly suited interpreters of Silverstein's material -- some of Bare's best albums were written in their entirety by Silverstein -- but John Prine and Kris Kristofferson sound so at home in the Bare-associated "This Guitar Is for Sale" and "The Winner," respectively, that one might dare to think there are still new roads for these songs to travel. And even if your tolerance of kid-oriented tunes like "The Giving Tree" and the saccharine "Daddy What If" -- Silverstein was, after all, a hugely successful children's author -- is limited, there are only a couple of those moments to be skipped over on an otherwise impressive collection. ~ J. Allen

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Black Prairie
Muze Guest Artist Isabella Bare
Muze Guest Artist Joey Santiago

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/08/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 4051
Music Label Name Label : Sugar Hill
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00015891405124

Professional Reviews

Paste (magazine)
- "A heartfelt homage to ageless songs ON TWISTABLE TURNABLE MAN, a hodgepodge of artists come forth to honor Shel Silverstein's plaintive country songs and wacky children's poetry with an affectionate, reverent tribute."

Pitchfork (Website)
- "Frank Black and Joey Santiago turn 'The Cover of the 'Rolling Stone'' inside out, into a strange conflation of Black's own country forays and Santiago's trademark skronk."

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