Sony Music Special Products' Pure Country contains a selection of ten hits and miscellaneous tracks from Bobby Bare's late-'70s and early-'80s recordings for Columbia. Although Bare wasn't at the top of his game during this era, he still could turn out strong singles, as this collection occasionally proves. There are a few slow spots on the disc, which is standard for any budget-priced compilation, but there are many very good songs here, including "Tequila Sheila," "Willie Jones," "Learning to Live Again," "(I'm Not) A Candle in the Wind," "If You Ain't Got Nothin' (You Got Nothin' to Lose)," "New Cut Road," "Sleep Tight, Good Night Man," and "It's a Dirty Job," all of which were charting hits. In that sense, it's nearly a hits collection (at least of his Columbia years), and that makes it of considerable interest -- and not just to fans on a tight budget.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine