I bought this to celebrate Shel's birthday (September 25). I had heard all of the songs here or there, but it was real nice to hear them altogether. We had this album at our house when I was a boy, but my parents would only play the songs selectively, since they aren't all appropriate for kids. My mother would play "You're always welcome at our house" with such glee! I guess I didn't really have a fighting chance of being a normal kid, did I?
"Bury me in my shades" is definitely my favorite. The thing I've always wondered, and that no biography yet has answered for me: Was Shel happy? It's so hard to tell.