Big Bad Love

Big Bad Love

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The earthy soundtrack to Big Bad Love begins in the contemporary juke-joint blues of north Mississippi, but it also journeys farther afield with fascinating results. The story of a Vietnam veteran struggling with his family and his career as a writer, the film is based on writings by Mississippi author Larry Brown. Appropriately enough, the soundtrack

Overview

The earthy soundtrack to Big Bad Love begins in the contemporary juke-joint blues of north Mississippi, but it also journeys farther afield with fascinating results. The story of a Vietnam veteran struggling with his family and his career as a writer, the film is based on writings by Mississippi author Larry Brown. Appropriately enough, the soundtrack spotlights musicians from the Oxford, Mississippi, blues label Fat Possum, so it's grounded by tracks like Asie Payton's hard, rhythmic "I Love You," T-Model Ford's crazed "She Asked Me so I Told Her," and Junior Kimbrough's commanding invitation to his legendary juke-joint, "Junior's Place." Leading an all-star band that includes blues legends James Cotton and Buddy Guy, the great R. L. Burnside reinvents Bob Dylan's "Everything Is Broken" as a Memphis soul classic. As if that weren't enough, Big Bad Love seamlessly integrates Steve Earle's finger-picked ballad "Goodbye" with two evocative instrumentals from Television guitarist Tom Verlaine, including an impressive new collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. Other standouts include two new songs from Tom Waits. "Long Way Home," with its walking bass line, and "Jayne's Blue Wish," with its weary melody, hearken back to Waits's great album Rain Dogs. Big Bad Love is a remarkably coherent collection that succeeds as both an introduction to modern Mississippi blues and an update from several of our best tradition-minded artists.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
The soundtrack to the movie Big Bad Love, made from Larry Brown's collection of stories is, as it should be, a very Southern affair -- more accurately, a thing of the Mississippi hill country, also acting as a very effective ad for the Fat Possum label, since seven of the tracks here come from their artists. Fine stuff it is too, with R.L. Burnside in great form on his own "Come on In" and a surprising cover of Dylan's "Everything Is Broken," which works so well for him because of its blues structure, although he brings a surprisingly sophisticated approach to it -- by his standards, anyway. Asie Payton's "I Love You" is so intense it's scary, and Robert Belfour's "My Baby's Gone" simply drips with ache. Former Television man Tom Verlaine contributes a couple of tracks, with "Sleepwalkin'" being a forgettable, twangy instrumental and "Spiritual," a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, faring better -- but still not world class. Steve Earle delivers on "Goodbye," letting the spaces in the song talk eloquently, but what will attract a lot of people to this disc is the appearance of two new Tom Waits tracks. "Long Way Home" takes him on the kind of blues route that's become so familiar in his work -- a kind of enigmatic blues that remains a love song and a promise for the future, putting it in the same realm as "Jayne's Blue Wish," a Waits-ian lullaby with gentle, if sometimes disturbed, dreams for tomorrow, his guitar work cast into relief by a quiet trumpet solo. It might not all hang together as an album -- there seems to be a divide between the gutbucket blues and the rest -- but it still makes for some excellent listening.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597963724
catalogNumber:
79637

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Boxcar Blues @@Kenny Brown
  2. I Love You @@Asie Payton
  3. Come On In (Live) @@R.L. Burnside
  4. She Asked Me So I Told Her @@T-Model Ford
  5. My Baby's Gone @@Robert Belfour
  6. Sleepwalkin' @@Tom Verlaine
  7. Everything Is Broken @@R.L. Burnside
  8. Junior's Place @@Junior Kimbrough
  9. Long Way Home @@Tom Waits
  10. Goodbye @@Steve Earle
  11. Spiritual @@Tom Verlaine & Kronos Quartet
  12. Jayne's Blue Wish @@Tom Waits

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Cotton   Harmonica
Buddy Guy   Guitar
Norman Blake   Dobro
Peter Rowan   Gut String Guitar
Steve Earle   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Hi String
Tom Verlaine   Guitar
Tom Waits   Guitar,Vocals
Kronos Quartet   Track Performer
R.L. Burnside   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Taylor   Bass,Upright Bass
Junior Kimbrough   Guitar,Vocals
Kenny Brown   Guitar
Garry Burnside   Bass
Sam Carr   Drums
Patrick A. Derivaz   Bass
Hank Dutt   Viola
Billy Ficca   Drums
Howard Grimes   Drums
David Harrington   Violin
Charles Hodges   Hammond Organ
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Acoustic Bass
Kenny Malone   Drums
Nick Phelps   Trumpet,French Horn
John Sherba   Violin
Derek Trucks   Guitar
T-Model Ford   Guitar,Vocals
Jennifer Culp   Cello
Robert Belfour   Guitar,Vocals
Asie Payton   Guitar,Vocals
Bryan Barry   Drums
Spam   Drums

Technical Credits

Steve Earle   Composer,Producer
Tom Verlaine   Producer
Tom Waits   Producer
Mike Elliot   Engineer
Kathleen Brennan   Producer
Larry Brown   Liner Notes
Oz Fritz   Engineer
Wayne Neuendorf   Engineer
Mario Salvati   Engineer
Chris Shepard   Engineer
T-Model Ford   Composer
Matt Martone   Engineer
Jason Latshaw   Engineer
André Zweers   Engineer
Bob Corritore   Producer
Matthew Johnson   Producer
Debra Winger   Executive Producer
Jeff Sloan   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
William Alsobrook   Producer
Stephen Prutsman   Producer
Bruce Watson   Producer,Engineer
Bob Levy   Producer,Engineer

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Big Bad Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was recommended to me by a friend, and I have to say, it's an extraordinary collection. The first part is mainly old-fashioned, juke joint style blues, by the greats: Asie Payton, R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. But the most beautiful music, which I was completely unprepared for, is at the end of the album, with glorious, haunting songs from Tom Waits and Steve Verlaine. This is a unique and somewhat idiosyncratic collection, but it contains some remarkable music that you aren't likely to find on one album anywhere else.