Ballads Folk and Country Songs

by: Burl Ives

Burl Ives' third album in barely a year, and at least his fourth of the period. This time the accompaniment is a little more varied -- in addition to three songs accompanied by guitar, Ives also does a handful of numbers arranged by Elie Siegmeister, and draws beyond the public domain songbag into work by A.P. Carter, Floyd Tillman and Jimmie Davis, and Frank Loesser. The highlight is "Blue Tail Fly," which made its LP bow here on its way to becoming an American standard, with "Big Rock Candy Mountain" right behind it, but the rest is equally rewarding. ~ Bruce Eder

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