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The Best of Shel Silverstein - His Words His Songs His Friends


Download links and information about The Best of Shel Silverstein - His Words His Songs His Friends by Shel Silverstein. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to World Music, Country, Songwriter/Lyricist, Kids, Humor, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 26 tracks with total duration of 01:00:04 minutes.

Artist: Shel Silverstein
Release date: 2005
Genre: World Music, Country, Songwriter/Lyricist, Kids, Humor, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 26
Duration: 01:00:04
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No. Title Length
1. A Light In the Attic 0:24
2. A Front Row Seat to Hear Ole Johnny Sing 3:55
3. Freakin' At the Freakers' Ball 2:47
4. Monsters I've Met 0:32
5. The Unicorn 3:16
6. The Dragon of Grindly Grun 0:59
7. Marie Lavaux 3:09
8. Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out 2:34
9. Sylvia's Mother 3:48
10. The Taker 3:14
11. Homework Machine 0:45
12. Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too 1:50
13. Crowded Tub 0:16
14. Rock 'n' Roll Band 1:12
15. The Cover of Rolling Stone 2:53
16. Daddy What If 2:40
17. Zebra Question 0:41
18. Plastic 2:26
19. A Couple More Years (Remastered For Buddha - October 30, 2000) 4:02
20. Peanut-Butter Sandwich 3:31
21. Queen of the Silver Dollar 4:44
22. The Generals 1:49
23. I Got Stoned and I Missed It 3:09
24. A Boy Named Sue (Live) 3:45
25. Boa Constrictor 1:13
26. 26 Second Song 0:30



Shel Silverstein is a hard guy to pin down, which is part of not only his charm, but his genius. He's best known as a children's author, but also was a Playboy cartoonist who couldn't resist a dirty joke. He penned novelty songs, but also could write songs as heart-wrenching as "Silvia's Mother" and "Once More With Feeling." He was also a terrific songwriter who was a bit of an acquired taste as a performer, chiefly due to his hammy delivery. This also meant that his best songs were often best recorded by other artists (he didn't even cut some of his best tunes). All of this means that he's a rather difficult artist to compile, and there has been a significant lack of comps in his catalog prior to Columbia/Legacy's valiant 2005 effort, The Best of Shel Silverstein: His Words His Songs His Friends. This single-disc, 25-track comp is as unwieldy as its title, encompassing a little bit of everything that Silverstein did, from whimsical poems to smutty jokes, funky country to precious folk and silly pop. It has some spoken word tracks, some of his own recordings, and a bunch of cuts by other musicians who not only specialized in covering his songs, but were close friends as well. While this sure does present a nice cross section of his career and gives a good idea of what Silverstein did, it doesn't necessarily make for smooth sailing as a listening experience. As the disc winds between spoken excerpts from A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends and songs by Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, the Irish Rovers, and Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, the album never quite gains momentum. It lurches and lumbers, partially because Silverstein's overheated vocals wind up sounding grating about halfway through the disc. Nevertheless, this is still the recommended place to get acquainted with his work, because the songs by other artists are uniformly wonderful, and their loose, funny performances — such as the Irish Rovers' "The Unicorn," Bobby Bare's "Marie Lavaux," Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue," Waylon and Willie's "A Couple More Years," and any of the four Dr. Hook songs here, including "Cover of the Rolling Stone" — are the best ways to appreciate Silverstein's genius as a writer. They'll whet your appetite for other Silverstein recordings, so after you've heard this, get Bobby Bare's Lullabys, Legends and Lies or Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show's I Got Stoned and I Missed It, which is devoted to nothing but Silverstein songs they recorded, or seek out such great Silverstein songs as "25 Minutes to Go" (recorded by Johnny Cash), "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" (Marianne Faithfull), "One's on the Way" (Loretta Lynn), "Mermaid" (Glenn Yarbrough), "Put Another Log on the Fire (Male Chauvinist National Anthem)" (Tompall Glaser), and "Once More With Feeling" (Jerry Lee Lewis) — all great songs, and all not here. This collection will make you want to hear these songs, even if won't necessarily inspire you to check out other Silverstein albums.