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Album Review

Acrobat's I Took a Memory to Lunch is a budget-line repackaging of a bunch of Bobby Bare's late-'60s/early-'70s sides for Mercury, cut just between two stints at RCA. There's lots of good stuff here, arranged perhaps carelessly but by no means sloppily, and it provides a bit of bang for your buck, but as this is a time that Bare didn't have huge hits, this sampler doesn't really serve any specific audience — nothing to rope in casual fans, serious listeners will want more complete overviews — but anybody who picks this up this won't be disappointed with what they get.


Born: 07 April 1935 in Ironton, OH

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Bobby Bare's story is nearly as fascinating as his music. Bare's mother died when he was five. His father couldn't earn enough money to feed his children, forcing the family to split up. Bare was working on a farm by the time he was 15 years old, later working in factories and selling ice cream to support himself. Building his first guitar, he began playing music in his late teens, performing with a local Ohio band in Springfield. In the late '50s, he moved out to Los Angeles. Bare's first appearance...
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