Editors’ Notes Bobby Bare was one of the most popular country stars of the '60s, and experienced a notable resurgence in the mid-'70s that saw him making the charts with some of the finest original compositions of his career. Yet despite his appealing, rough-worn baritone and his unquestionable skills as a songwriter, Bare’s albums were often plagued by difficulties. This makes a compilation like the smartly assembled 20 Greatest Hits ideal for listeners leery of Bare’s somewhat cheesy countrypolitan reputation, but interested in exploring the career of a man who wrote classics like “The Streets of Baltimore” (later covered by Gram Parsons), “Detroit City”, and “Ride Me Down Easy.” The selections here are uniformly excellent, but ignore the rich string of singles that Bare cut for Mercury in the early '70s', particularly the essential road ballad “How I Got To Memphis. Caveats aside, 20 Greatest Hits serves as a fine introduction to the work of this influential and sadly overlooked artist.

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Detroit City
1
2:54
 
Miller’s Cave
2
3:01
 
(Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn
3
3:27
 
Come Sundown (She’ll Be Gone)
4
2:36
 
Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends
5
2:28
 
Streets of Baltimore
6
2:41
 
Numbers
7
4:46
 
Four Strong Winds
8
2:46
 
Daddy What If
9
2:30
 
All American Boy
10
3:08
 
Five Hundred Miles
11
2:44
 
Ride Me Down Easy
12
3:00
 
Tequila Sheila
13
4:07
 
Green Green Grass of Home
14
2:44
 
The Jogger
15
4:01
 
Marie Laveau
16
3:02
 
The Winner
17
5:24
 
Drop Kick Me Jesus
18
1:57
 
The Mermaid Song
19
2:54
 
Tender Years
20
2:35
 

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