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Bathtub Blues

  • 1. See the Moon
    2. Late Night Radio
    3. Bathtub Blues
    4. Payday
    5. So Long, You Old Tooth
    6. Green Leaf
    7. Young Robin
    8. Down at the Sea Hotel
    9. Shake Sugaree
    10. Flabbergable
    11. I Remember When
    12. Four Wet Pigs
    13. Monsters & Giants
    14. Two Little Boys
    15. You Might as Well Go to Sleep
    16. I See the Moon
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 42

  • Credits
    ProducerGreg Brown
    EngineerTom Mudge

    Personnel: Greg Brown (vocals, guitar); Pat Donohue (guitar); Gordie Johnson (bass); Robin Anders (percussion); Constie Brown, Zoe Brown, Amara Hark, Karene Hark, Vanessa Bjerke, Marcia Bjerke, Mary Kjos (background vocals).
    The cliche about children's albums by "serious" artists such as Greg Brown is that they're also for adults. BATHTUB BLUES is one of those rare occasions when the cliche is true. It's partly because Brown, a family man himself, approaches his task whole-heartedly, and partly because he's always had a knack for tackling potentially sentimental topics without descending into mawkishness. Thus, he's the ideal candidate for this kind of project, and he carries it off with flying colors.
    While some of the more strictly whimsical cuts, including "Four Wet Pigs" and the title track, do seem geared strictly towards kids, much of the album bears an all-ages stamp. The gently thumping "Late Night Radio" is a reminiscence from Brown's own childhood, and could have come straight from one of his "adult" albums. "Payday" and "Shake Sugaree" are simply covers of classic blues tunes by Mississippi John Hurt and Elizabeth Cotten respectively, their amiable tone making them natural additions. "Green Leaf" is another highlight; ostensibly a song about the simple occurrences of nature, it's a masterfully written, haunting ballad that pierces deep into the heart, and is one of Brown's finest compositions.

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