Burl Ives

Women: Folk Songs About the Fair

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Burl Ives' 1954 concept album is humorous and has an enjoyable pop edge to its folk sensibilities, with different accompaniments (heavily relying on Tony Mottola's guitar) across its eight songs. This is also probably the first LP (and, for that matter, very likely the first record of any kind) ever issued by a major label to use the term "anti-feminist" (or, for that matter, by extension, "feminist"). The material tends toward the amusing and, by today's standards, patronizing and sometimes unkindness, but Ives is in good voice and his sound is as accessible as ever.

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