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Bobby Bare: Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set)

8-CD Box-Set (LP-size) with 128-page hardcover book, 137 tracks. Total playing time approx. 8 hrs (476:39)

The first 300 copies include an original autograph of Bobby Bare! (only at Bear Webshop)
  • 8 CDs with 137 tracks including 25 previously unreleased recordings.
  • Bobby Bare's interpretations of more than a hundred Shel Silverstein songs.
  • Classic sides from 1972 - 1983 incl. six complete albums.
  • Shel Silverstein wrote hits like Sylvia’s Mother and A Boy Named Sue (made famous by Johnny Cash).
  • The live album Great American Saturday Night (unreleased at the time) is expanded here with 3 tracks. 
  • 128-page, LP-sized hardcover book with a 2020 Hank Davis interview with Bobby Bare about his friendship with Shel Silverstein, complete lyrics transcriptions, and detailed sessions discography.
  • Includes a new essay by Dave Samuelson about Shel Silverstein and his multi-faceted work.


Among Silverstein's wry sagas about winners, losers, and lonely all-night cafés, you'll discover charming children's songs and touching, affectionate love ballads. A complicated man, that Silverstein.

If most people associate the late Shel Silverstein with his children's literature, others remember his cartoons and graphic travelogues for 'Playboy.' By contrast, relatively few recognize this Chicago native as a prolific songwriter, penning such hits as Johnny Cash's A Boy Named Sue, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show's The Cover Of Rolling Stone, Loretta Lynn's One's On The Way, and The Irish Rovers' The Unicorn. He also wrote Put Another Log On The Fire, Tompall Glaser's memorable showcase on 'Wanted! The Outlaws,' country music's first platinum-selling album.

No artist recorded more Silverstein songs than veteran country singer Bobby Bare. His 1972 cover of Silverstein's bittersweet Sylia's Mother launched a professional relationship that led to an enduring friendship. At Bare's request, Silverstein conceived and composed entire concept albums, starting with 'Lullabys, Legends And Lies,' an exercise in pure imagination from 1974. This two-LP set established Bare as a major album artist and yielded Marie Laveau, the first chart-topping single of the singer's long recording career. A follow-up album, 'Hard Time Hungrys,' captured the downbeat mood of American workers during the mid- '70s recession. A perceptive 'Billboard' reviewer hailed 'Hard Time Hungrys' as "something historians will look back upon." Bare's family participated in the whimsical 'Singin' In The Kitchen,' which included the tender Daddy What If.

During the late '70s, Silverstein shifted his creative focus to playwriting and children's books, but he continued crafting clever songs specifically for Bare. When Bare wound down his major-label recording career in the mid-'80s, the singer had recorded more than 100 Silverstein originals, fifteen of them on the notorious 'Great American Saturday Night.' Recorded in 1977, that album was shelved when Bare left RCA for a more lucrative contract with COLUMBIA.


Despite their lyrical and historical importance, the Bare/Silverstein collaborations have been sporadically and haphazardly reissued during the compact disc era. In response, BEAR FAMILY RECORDS produced 'Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein, Plus,' the first com- prehensive collection of this material. Accompanied by a 128-page hardcover book, its eight CDs include 137 tracks, 25 of them previously unissued. Six albums appear complete, including integral songs by other writers. The long-unheard 'Great American Saturday Night' includes three songs missing from a recent independent label release.
The box set contains an LP-sized, lavishly illustrated 128-page hardcover book that contains song lyrics and a discography. In a conversation with Hank Davis, Bare recalls his years working with Silverstein, and Dave Samuelson documents the songwriter's multiple creative pursuits.

Often stepping well beyond today's rigid boundaries of political correctness, many songs on 'Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein, Plus' reflect an earlier era that understood and appreciated irony and satire. Besides this anthology's vivid sagas about winners, losers, and lonely all-night cafés, listeners will also discover charming children's songs and touching, affectionate love ballads, all reflecting the irreplaceable vision of Shel Silverstein.

CD 1 - Lullabys, Legends And Lies
CD 2 - Hard Time Hungrys plus
CD 3 - Singin’ In The Kitchen plus
CD 4 - Stray Bare Tracks
CD 5 - More Stray Bare Tracks
CD 6 - The Complete Great American Saturday Night
CD 7 - Down & Dirty
CD 8 - Drunk & Crazy



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Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Lullabys, Legends And Lies Bobby Bare
02 Paul Bobby Bare
03 Marie Laveau Bobby Bare
04 Daddy What If Bobby Bare
05 The Wonderful Soup Stone Bobby Bare
06 The Winner Bobby Bare
07 In The Hills Of Shiloh Bobby Bare
08 She's My Ever Lovin' Machine Bobby Bare
09 The Mermaid Bobby Bare
10 Rest Awhile Bobby Bare
11 Bottomless Well Bobby Bare
12 True Story Bobby Bare
13 Sure Hit Songwriters Pen Bobby Bare
14 Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe Bobby Bare
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 Hard Time Hungrys Bobby Bare
02 (Taxes On) The Farmer Feeds Us All Bobby Bare
03 Alimony Bobby Bare
04 Two For A Dollar Bobby Bare
05 Back Home In Huntsville Again Bobby Bare
06 Daddy's Been Around The House Too Long Bobby Bare
07 Warm And Free Bobby Bare
08 Able-Bodied Man Bobby Bare
09 $100,000 In Pennies Bobby Bare
10 Bottles And Boxes Bobby Bare
11 Truck Driver, Truck Driver Bobby Bare
12 The Unemployment Line Bobby Bare
13 Too Much Blues (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
14 Things To Sell (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
15 Door To Door (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
16 Poor Blues (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
17 It's Good To Know The Sun's Still Shinin' Somewhere (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
18 Lead Me Back Home (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 Singin' In The Kitchen Bobby Bare
02 The Monkey And The Elephant Bobby Bare
03 Lovin' You Anyway Bobby Bare
04 Where'd I Come From Bobby Bare
05 Ricky Ticky Song Bobby Bare
06 The Giving Tree Bobby Bare
07 You Are Bobby Bare
08 The Unicorn Bobby Bare
09 Cloudy Sky Bobby Bare
10 She Thinks I Can Bobby Bare
11 Scarlet Ribbons Bobby Bare
12 See That Bluebird Bobby Bare
13 Sylvia's Mother • Bobby Bare
14 You Know Who Bobby Bare
15 Staying Here With Me (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
16 The Wheel (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
17 Love And Flowers (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
18 The Stranger Bobby Bare
19 Chester Bobby Bare
20 Bald Headed Woman • Bobby Bare
21 Baby Wants To Boogie Bobby Bare
22 Brian Hennessey Bobby Bare
23 Climbin' The Ladder And Climbin' The Walls Bobby Bare
24 Yes, Mr Rodgers Bobby Bare
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Sweet Larraine (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
02 Lemme Be Something (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
03 Vince Bobby Bare
04 Make It Pretty For Me Baby (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
05 Vegas Bobby Bare
06 It Ain't Easy (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
07 February Snow Bobby Bare
08 Sing For The Song Bobby Bare
09 From The Jungle To The Zoo (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
10 Too Many Nights Alone Bobby Bare
11 Greasy Grit Gravy Bobby Bare
12 They Held Me Down (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
13 This Guitar Is For Sale Bobby Bare
14 There's An 18 Wheeler In Front Of The Ritz Hotel (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
15 More Like The Movies (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
16 Hattie Halle And Big Dupree Bobby Bare
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 5
01 Nobody Wants To Go Home (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
02 Childhood Hero Bobby Bare
03 A Week On The Town (Gone As A Goose) (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
04 Yard Full Of Rusty Cars Bobby Bare
05 When She Cries (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
06 Cold Day In Hell Bobby Bare
07 So Good To So Bad Bobby Bare
08 The Diet Song (Version 1) Bobby Bare
09 When Hippies Get Older Bobby Bare
10 Jennifer Johnson And Me Bobby Bare
11 Me And Jimmie Rodgers Bobby Bare
12 You Jumped Off The Gravy Train Bobby Bare
13 Time Bobby Bare
14 Drinkin' From The Bottle Bobby Bare
15 Someplace To Come When It Rains Bobby Bare
16 Stacy Brown Got Two Bobby Bare
17 The Jogger Bobby Bare
18 Three-Legged Man Bobby Bare
19 Rodeo Queen Bobby Bare
20 The Diet Song (Version 2) (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 6
01 Great American Saturday Night Bobby Bare
02 Red-Neck Hippie Romance Bobby Bare
03 Kids Today (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
04 Dirty Ol' Me (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
05 The Diet Song Bobby Bare
06 Paintin' Her Fingernails Bobby Bare
07 Goodnight Little Houseplant Bobby Bare
08 I Can't Sleep (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
09 The Living Legend Bobby Bare
10 They Won't Let Us Show It At The Beach Bobby Bare
11 The Day All The Yes Men Said No Bobby Bare
12 Time Bobby Bare
13 Whiplash Will Bobby Bare
14 Me And Jimmie Rodgers Bobby Bare
15 Someone To Talk To Bobby Bare
16 Great American Saturday Night Bobby Bare
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 7
01 Good For Nothing Blues (Funky Water) Bobby Bare
02 Numbers Bobby Bare
03 Some Days Are Diamonds Bobby Bare
04 Tequila Sheila Bobby Bare
05 Rock Star's Lament Bobby Bare
06 Crazy Again Bobby Bare
07 Tecumseh Valley Bobby Bare
08 Blind Willie Harper Bobby Bare
09 Rough On The Living Bobby Bare
10 Down To My Last Come And Get Me Bobby Bare
11 Quaaludes Again Bobby Bare
12 Goin' Back To Texas Bobby Bare
13 I Can't Watch The Movie Anymore Bobby Bare
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 8
01 Drunk And Crazy Bobby Bare
02 Food Blues Bobby Bare
03 The World's Last Truck Drivin' Man Bobby Bare
04 I Can Almost See Houston From Here Bobby Bare
05 If That Ain't Love Bobby Bare
06 Rock And Roll Hotel Bobby Bare
07 This Much Rain (prev. unrel.) Bobby Bare
08 Song Of The South Bobby Bare
09 Appaloosa Rider Bobby Bare
10 Bathroom Tissue Paper Letter Bobby Bare
11 Willie Jones Bobby Bare
12 Gotta Get Rid Of This Band Bobby Bare
13 Drinkin' And Druggin' And Watchin' TV Bobby Bare
14 Your Credit Card Won't Get You Into Heaven Bobby Bare
15 I've Never Gone To Bed With An Ugly Woman Bobby Bare
16 Desperados Waiting For A Train Bobby Bare
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Bobby Bare

Bobby Bare
born 7 April 1935 in Ironton - Ohio Record

Labels: Fraternity, Capitol, RCA, Mercury, United Artists, Columbia, Rice, Ember, Intercord, Bare Works

First Hit: Shame On Me (1962) First Top Ten Hit: Detroit City (1963)

Former farm and factory worker Bobby Bare began his career as a guitarist in a small country band. Shortly before he was called up for military service, he quickly recorded the self-written title "All American Boy" and sold the recording with all copyrights for 50 dollars to Fraternity, which also released the record, not under the cash name but under the pseudonym Bill Parsons. After military service, Bobby Bare made a second attempt, wrote three songs for the film "Teenage Millionaire" and had his first hit in 1962 with "Shame On Me".

Bobby Bare was one of those musicians who brought a folksy touch with dominant unamplified guitars to the Nashville sound in the mid-1960s and thus met the folk trend of the time. Other great bare hits were "Detroit City", "500 Miles Away From Home", "Miller's Cave" and "Four Strong Winds".

After excursions to smaller record companies, Bobby Bare joined Columbia in the late 1970s, where he recorded a whole series of fantastic L.P.s and recorded numerous hits. Nevertheless, the great success did not come any more and so Bobby Bare came to Capitol a second time in the mid 80's, where, similar to in the 50's, also this time they did not really know what to do with him.

It remained with a few singles with medium hit parade success. Obviously Bobby Bare does not manage to continue his great time, the 60s.

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11 Nov 2020

A gorgeous, 128-page hardback book includes a new interview with Bare, a profile on Silverstein, photos, and lyrics and liner notes for every song. This lovingly crafted set is ideal if you’re seeking a deeper dive into Bare’s storied career or whether yo

A gorgeous, 128-page hardback book includes a new interview with Bare, a profile on Silverstein, photos, and lyrics and liner notes for every song. This lovingly crafted set is ideal if you’re seeking a deeper dive into Bare’s storied career or whether you only know Silverstein from his printed stories. (bobbybare.com)

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Los Angeles Times LIFESTYLE The music gift guide to get you through 2021 Plenty of people had hits with Shel Silverstein’s songs, but he had no better interpreter than Bobby Bare, a gentle giant of 1970s progressive country. The pair grew close as both

Los Angeles Times LIFESTYLE
The music gift guide to get you through 2021

Plenty of people had hits with Shel Silverstein’s songs, but he had no better interpreter than Bobby Bare, a gentle giant of 1970s progressive country. The pair grew close as both friends and collaborators, resulting in Bare recording more than 100 Silverstein tunes between 1972 and 1983. All those recordings are in this eight-disc box, a set that highlights the duo’s knack for lullabies, legends and down-and-dirty country.

3 Nov 2020

Bear Family’s box is a stunning tribute to their collaboration. Head down to the dive bar, crank up the jukebox, and raise a glass – or more likely, a bottle – to the great American Saturday nights of these two country renegades.

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Presse Archive - Bobby Bare Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus - Elmore magazine No BS, when it comes to box sets, Bear Family Records seems to set the standard. Just consider the numbers on their latest LP-sized deluxe offering: 137 tracks on 8 CDs, 6 complete albums, 25 previously unreleased masters, one 128 page hardcover book, containing interviews, tributes, photos and more photos, no selfies, but beaucoup “shelfies” (portraits by Lawson Little), along with a down-to-the-last-detail discography of sessions that ran across two decades, all of it artistically packaged and remastered beautifully so it sounds like it was recorded yesterday. Like “sessions,” the often-repeated word in Bare’s first big 1959 hit “All American Boy,” playing on lots of sessions were always very important to Robert Joseph Bare Sr.. The music world first knew Bobby as “Bill Parsons” thanks to sloppy label copy on that Top 40 hit.There’s no sloppiness here with this outstanding Bear Family production of the now CMHOF legend’s prolific partial lives work. The bulk of it originates from one irrepressible songwriter, Shel Silverstein. Much of it is conceptual, a term that did not exist in the Music Row that cranked out standard issue LPs back then, with one or two hits and eight placeholders.
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Presse Archive - Bobby Bare Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus - ricentral.com Founded in 1975, Bear Family Records of Germany has pretty much set the golden standard for box set reissues beginning with multi-LP sets in its early days and moving to compact disc with its advent as a medium in the 1980s. The latter, by virtue of being able to contain up to 80 minutes of music on a single disc, afforded Bear Family the opportunity to amass even larger and more comprehensive retrospectives on an artist or genre spanning 10-CD sets focusing on such cats as Lefty Frizell and Fats Domino or more recently a compilation chronicling the Bakersfield, California country music scene from the 1940s to ‘70s. Consider Bear Family the vault raiders who invade the tombs of record companies and grab as much as they can on an artist and turn it into a lavish box set oft-times replete with hard-cover coffee table type book containing everything you need to know about the artist and recordings contained within. The country music singer/songwriter Bobby Bare has certainly qualified for legend status thanks to early smashes like “500 Miles from Home,” “Miller’s Cave,” “Four Strong Winds,” “Streets of Baltimore,” and “Detroit City,” as well as later hits “Marie Laveau” and “Daddy, What If.” A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a master of the country ballad, that last mentioned hit leads us into this week’s Ear Bliss focus which is the newest box set from Bear Family Records chronicling Bare’s work with the writer Shel Silverstein. Silverstein’s name is one mostly synonymous with children’s literature thanks to books like “Where The Sidewalk Ends” and “Light in the Attic.” So how does a Bobby Bare and Shel Silverstein connect? Whereas they had met prior thanks to Bare covering the hit song “Sylvia’s Mother” by Dr. Hook & His Medicine Show which just so happened to be written by Silverstein, it wasn’t until meeting again at a music industry party that would get the collaborative ball rolling. It was also lead to a friendship that would last until 1999 when Silverstein succumbed to cancer. Over the course of that friendship, Bare by his own recollection would record over 100 Silverstein compositions, many of which made it to records beginning with the hit Bare album from 1973 entirely written by Silverstein called Lullabys, Legends and Lies. It leads off the new released 8-CD LP-sized box set titled Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein Plus from Bear Family. It features some 137 songs representing six full albums including 25 previously unreleased tracks. It gets the Ear Bliss look-see this week. Let’s get to it.
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Tracklist
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Lullabys, Legends And Lies
02 Paul
03 Marie Laveau
04 Daddy What If
05 The Wonderful Soup Stone
06 The Winner
07 In The Hills Of Shiloh
08 She's My Ever Lovin' Machine
09 The Mermaid
10 Rest Awhile
11 Bottomless Well
12 True Story
13 Sure Hit Songwriters Pen
14 Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 Hard Time Hungrys
02 (Taxes On) The Farmer Feeds Us All
03 Alimony
04 Two For A Dollar
05 Back Home In Huntsville Again
06 Daddy's Been Around The House Too Long
07 Warm And Free
08 Able-Bodied Man
09 $100,000 In Pennies
10 Bottles And Boxes
11 Truck Driver, Truck Driver
12 The Unemployment Line
13 Too Much Blues (prev. unrel.)
14 Things To Sell (prev. unrel.)
15 Door To Door (prev. unrel.)
16 Poor Blues (prev. unrel.)
17 It's Good To Know The Sun's Still Shinin' Somewhere (prev. unrel.)
18 Lead Me Back Home (prev. unrel.)
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 Singin' In The Kitchen
02 The Monkey And The Elephant
03 Lovin' You Anyway
04 Where'd I Come From
05 Ricky Ticky Song
06 The Giving Tree
07 You Are
08 The Unicorn
09 Cloudy Sky
10 She Thinks I Can
11 Scarlet Ribbons
12 See That Bluebird
13 Sylvia's Mother •
14 You Know Who
15 Staying Here With Me (prev. unrel.)
16 The Wheel (prev. unrel.)
17 Love And Flowers (prev. unrel.)
18 The Stranger
19 Chester
20 Bald Headed Woman •
21 Baby Wants To Boogie
22 Brian Hennessey
23 Climbin' The Ladder And Climbin' The Walls
24 Yes, Mr Rodgers
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Sweet Larraine (prev. unrel.)
02 Lemme Be Something (prev. unrel.)
03 Vince
04 Make It Pretty For Me Baby (prev. unrel.)
05 Vegas
06 It Ain't Easy (prev. unrel.)
07 February Snow
08 Sing For The Song
09 From The Jungle To The Zoo (prev. unrel.)
10 Too Many Nights Alone
11 Greasy Grit Gravy
12 They Held Me Down (prev. unrel.)
13 This Guitar Is For Sale
14 There's An 18 Wheeler In Front Of The Ritz Hotel (prev. unrel.)
15 More Like The Movies (prev. unrel.)
16 Hattie Halle And Big Dupree
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 5
01 Nobody Wants To Go Home (prev. unrel.)
02 Childhood Hero
03 A Week On The Town (Gone As A Goose) (prev. unrel.)
04 Yard Full Of Rusty Cars
05 When She Cries (prev. unrel.)
06 Cold Day In Hell
07 So Good To So Bad
08 The Diet Song (Version 1)
09 When Hippies Get Older
10 Jennifer Johnson And Me
11 Me And Jimmie Rodgers
12 You Jumped Off The Gravy Train
13 Time
14 Drinkin' From The Bottle
15 Someplace To Come When It Rains
16 Stacy Brown Got Two
17 The Jogger
18 Three-Legged Man
19 Rodeo Queen
20 The Diet Song (Version 2) (prev. unrel.)
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 6
01 Great American Saturday Night
02 Red-Neck Hippie Romance
03 Kids Today (prev. unrel.)
04 Dirty Ol' Me (prev. unrel.)
05 The Diet Song
06 Paintin' Her Fingernails
07 Goodnight Little Houseplant
08 I Can't Sleep (prev. unrel.)
09 The Living Legend
10 They Won't Let Us Show It At The Beach
11 The Day All The Yes Men Said No
12 Time
13 Whiplash Will
14 Me And Jimmie Rodgers
15 Someone To Talk To
16 Great American Saturday Night
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 7
01 Good For Nothing Blues (Funky Water)
02 Numbers
03 Some Days Are Diamonds
04 Tequila Sheila
05 Rock Star's Lament
06 Crazy Again
07 Tecumseh Valley
08 Blind Willie Harper
09 Rough On The Living
10 Down To My Last Come And Get Me
11 Quaaludes Again
12 Goin' Back To Texas
13 I Can't Watch The Movie Anymore
Bare, Bobby - Bobby Bare Sings Shel Silverstein plus (8-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 8
01 Drunk And Crazy
02 Food Blues
03 The World's Last Truck Drivin' Man
04 I Can Almost See Houston From Here
05 If That Ain't Love
06 Rock And Roll Hotel
07 This Much Rain (prev. unrel.)
08 Song Of The South
09 Appaloosa Rider
10 Bathroom Tissue Paper Letter
11 Willie Jones
12 Gotta Get Rid Of This Band
13 Drinkin' And Druggin' And Watchin' TV
14 Your Credit Card Won't Get You Into Heaven
15 I've Never Gone To Bed With An Ugly Woman
16 Desperados Waiting For A Train