Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute To The Songs of Shel Silverstein
by Various Artists
Released: Jun 2010
Label: Sugar Hill Records
This loving tribute bypasses many of Shel Silverstein's biggest hits (recorded by others) but it does include re-workings of the classics "A Boy Named Sue," "The Cover of The Rolling Stone" and "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan." The collection mixes Silverstein's mature songs with his thematically rich kid's tunes. At its best, his material is twistable enough to get transformed by others. Andrew Bird's tuneful melancholy bleeds into the title track, while Dr. Dog kickoff "The Unicorn" with a Beach Boys tribute. Old Silverstein pals Bobby Bare, Kris Kristofferson and John Prine also do fine work.