• Burl IVES - Lavender Blue - Songs Of Charm, Humour And Sincerity

Given his range as an entertainer, it is no surprise that the offerings here show Burl Ives as a versatile singer across the musical spectrum. The folk repertoire is well represented with material like "The Riddle Song" and "Sweet Betsy From Pike", both from the earliest part of Burl’s recording career, as is the charming "I Know My Love". From a few years later come the well-known "Blue Tail Fly", "Big Rock Candy Mountain" and "Foggy, Foggy Dew", and even later "Mr. Froggie Went A-Courtin’". With the unfulfilled prospect of becoming a ‘Singing Cowboy’ (the genre was over-subscribed by then), in 1947 Burl recorded two Western-type songs, "It Makes No Difference Now" and "I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blues Eyes". Danny Kaye’s version of "The Little White Duck" is perhaps better known than Burl’s, but both did the children’s song justice. Other children’s songs here include "The Goat" and "The Rabbit", although the last has a macabre finale. By contrast, and on a very serious note, the conscripted songwriter Frank Loesser, a private in the U.S. Army, was asked by the Infantry Corps to write a song celebrating their war-hero Rodger Young, a young man who had recently died in the Pacific campaign. Burl Ives was the first to record the song in February 1945, oddly at the same time recording just one other, disparate number, "Foggy, Foggy Dew".Burl was only a spasmodic visitor to the singles charts, scoring his biggest hit in 1961 with "A Little Bitty Tear". In the late 1940s, he had some success with the gentle "Lavender Blue", also with "Riders In The Sky". Here you have a very listenable cross-section of songs by Burl Ives, each one treated by the master as of equal merit, whatever its origins. Incidentally, the busy guitarist who adds so much to some of the numbers is Tony Mottola, the highly respected jazz and session musician.

See also JASCD 785, JASBOX 14-4.

Track Listing

1. THE DOUGHNUT SONG
2. BLUE TAIL FLY
3. I KNOW MY LOVE
4. LAVENDER COWBOY
5. THE BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN
6. THE LITTLE WHITE DUCK
7. THE GOAT AND THE TRAIN
8. MR. RABBIT
9. THE FOX
10. IT MAKES NO DIFFERENT NOW
11. COWBOY'S LAMENT (STREETS OF LAREDO)
12. I'VE GOT NO USE FOR WOMEN
13. LAVENDER BLUE (DILLY DILLY)
14. VENEZUELA
15. I'M THINKING TONIGHT OF MY BLUE EYES
16. ON THE GRAND CANYON LINE
17. SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE
18. MR. FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN'
19. RODGER YOUNG
20. FOGGY, FOGGY DEW
21. LITTLE MOHEE
22. FRANKIE AND JOHNNY
23. THE RIDDLE SONG
24. RIDERS IN THE SKY (A COWBOY LEGEND)
25. I'M GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD

Other Details
Price Code A
Format CD
Release Date 01/10/2000
UPC Bar Code No 604988352429

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Burl IVES - Lavender Blue - Songs Of Charm, Humour And Sincerity

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