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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
T-Bone Burnett is an artist whose reputation among critics, fellow musicians, and discerning record-buyers has cast a far longer shadow than his visibility among casual listeners for the better part of four decades. As a lyricist, Burnett has few peers; his sharply etched, intelligently witty, and very human meditations on love (both romantic and divine), compassion, corruption, and greed in our culture dig deeper than most other writers of his generation, but roll gracefully off the tongue with a grace that never quite belies their philosophical heft. Burnett's musical instincts are as sure as his lyrical sensibility (the fact Pete Townshend, Richard Thompson, David ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
T-Bone Burnett is an artist whose reputation among critics, fellow musicians, and discerning record-buyers has cast a far longer shadow than his visibility among casual listeners for the better part of four decades. As a lyricist, Burnett has few peers; his sharply etched, intelligently witty, and very human meditations on love (both romantic and divine), compassion, corruption, and greed in our culture dig deeper than most other writers of his generation, but roll gracefully off the tongue with a grace that never quite belies their philosophical heft. Burnett's musical instincts are as sure as his lyrical sensibility (the fact Pete Townshend, Richard Thompson, David Hidalgo, Jim Keltner, Mick Ronson, Marc Ribot, and some guy called Bono have all guested on his records suggests he's well regarded by folks who know), and his gifts as a producer are such that he managed to turn bluegrass into a 21th century cultural phenomenon with the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? Simply stated, this man deserves a wider audience, and Twenty Twenty: The Essential T-Bone Burnett is a compilation assembled with Burnett's participation designed to provide a one-stop introduction to his music. This is a noble enough idea, and there's no shortage of superb music included on this package -- 40 songs and nearly two and a half hours of music are crammed onto two CDs, with a thick accompanying booklet featuring a gushing profile from writer Bill Flanagan and notes on each tune from Burnett himself. The set is admirably comprehensive, featuring cuts from two of the three hard to find albums Burnett made with the Alpha Band in the mid-'70s, excellent selections from the five albums and two EPs he released between 1980 and 1992, and three unreleased cuts. (Completists will, of course, grumble that he chose not to include anything from his misbegotten debut album, 1972's The B-52 Band & the Fabulous Skylarks, whose opening cut, "We Have All Got a Past," certainly merits preservation.) However, for beginners this is almost too comprehensive to be useful -- the right 20 tunes would have been a superb introduction, but this seems a bit more like a poor man's box set that lost its third disc somewhere. Also, while many regard 1983's Proof Through the Night as Burnett's finest album, the LP has never been given a CD release, and the presence of seven cuts from that album on Twenty Twenty is doubtless a major selling point for longtime fans. However, five of those seven songs have been extensively overhauled by Burnett, with dramatically different remixes (hope you didn't like the drumming on "The Murder Weapon," since it's been wiped away), new overdubs, new vocal tracks, and in the case of "Hula Hoop" some new lyrics, leaving listeners to debate if this represents an artist's prerogative or messing with history (T-Bone, shake hands with George Lucas). Twenty Twenty: The Essential T-Bone Burnett certainly confirms the depth and breadth of Burnett's talent, but it also plays out as too much of a good thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969367025
  • Catalog Number: 93670

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Humans from Earth (2:47)
  2. 2 Born in Captivity (4:06)
  3. 3 Primitives (3:14)
  4. 4 Power of Love (2:55)
  5. 5 Fatally Beautiful (4:33)
  6. 6 Monkey Dance (4:25)
  7. 7 The Long Time Now (2:59)
  8. 8 River of Love (3:34)
  9. 9 Shut It Tight (2:56)
  10. 10 Tear This Building Down (4:35)
  11. 11 The Murder Weapon (5:14)
  12. 12 Image (4:02)
  13. 13 Kill Zone (4:05)
  14. 14 Hula Hoop (3:25)
  15. 15 Criminals (3:44)
  16. 16 Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (3:04)
  17. 17 No Love at All (2:57)
  18. 18 When the Night Falls (4:23)
  19. 19 Over You (2:21)
  20. 20 The Bird That I Held in My Hand (3:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Every Little Thing (2:54)
  2. 2 House of Mirrors (3:34)
  3. 3 The Dogs (4:21)
  4. 4 Shake Yourself Loose (3:04)
  5. 5 Kill Switch (2:56)
  6. 6 I Wish You Could Have Seen Her Dance (3:48)
  7. 7 Hefner and Disney (3:53)
  8. 8 Driving Wheel (3:13)
  9. 9 Boomerang (4:19)
  10. 10 Euromad (4:12)
  11. 11 Strange Combination (3:50)
  12. 12 East of East (3:11)
  13. 13 The People's Limousine (3:41)
  14. 14 Trap Door (4:11)
  15. 15 I'm Coming Home (4:02)
  16. 16 It's Not Too Late (4:27)
  17. 17 Song to a Dead Man (4:09)
  18. 18 After All These Years (3:12)
  19. 19 Man, Don't Dog Your Woman (3:44)
  20. 20 Bon Temps Rouler (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
T Bone Burnett Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 6-string bass
Norman Blake Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Edgar Meyer Bass, Bowed Bass
Masakazu Yoshizawa Clarinet
Rubén Blades Vocals
Cindy Bullens Harmony
Ry Cooder Electric Guitar, 6-string bass
Elvis Costello Electric Guitar
Van Dyke Parks Accordion
Ringo Starr Drums
Richard Thompson Mandolin
Pete Townshend Electric Guitar
Marc Ribot Electric Guitar
Mick Ronson Guitar
Billy Swan Background Vocals, Harmony, Hand Drums
Jim Keltner Drums
The Williams Brothers Harmony
Steven Soles Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Harmony
Alex Acuña Percussion
Carla Azar Drums
Byron Berline Fiddle
Steve Berlin Saxophone
Matt Betton Percussion, Drums
Jon Brion chamberlain, Guitar (Baritone)
Tom Canning Keyboards, farfisa organ
Keith Ciancia Marimbas
Joe Correro Drums
Dennis Crouch Bass
Mickey Curry Drums
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Charles Duncan Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Mitchell Froom Organ, Harmonium, Clavinet
David Hidalgo 8-string Bass
Kirby Johnson Conductor
David Kemper Drums
Nick Lane Euphonium
Greg Leisz Slide Guitar
Darrell Leonard Trumpet, Cornet
Tony Levin Bass
David Mansfield Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Violin, Cello, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Timpani, Classical Guitar, taiko
Jerry Marotta Drums
David Miner Bass
Gary Montgomery Harmony
Cait O'Riordan Vocals
Dean Parks Slide Guitar
Sam Phillips Background Vocals, Harmony
David Rhodes Electric Guitar, Harmony
Ann Savoy Guitar
Jerry Scheff Bass, Percussion, String Bass
Kurt Snyder French Horn
Harry Stinson Drums
Joe Sublett Tenor Saxophone
K.O. Thomas Piano
Ron Tutt Drums
Andrea Zonn Viola
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass, Slap Bass
Jay Bellerose Drums
Enrique Diaz Bass
David Poe Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo Bass
Rodolfo Fernández Violin
Oscar Palermo Piano
Dino Carlos Quarleri Cello
Eduardo Walczak Violin
Mark Safan Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Patrick Walter Harmonium
David P. Jackson Bass, Bowed Bass
Lisandro Adrover Bandoneon
Mark O'Connor Mandolin, Violin
Oscar "El Negro Oro" Gonzalez Bandoneon
Moises Abramovich Violin
Giuseppe Libertella Bandoneon
Ludmilla Spektor Vocals
Dan Kelly French Horn
Kenneth Kugler Tuba
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks Arranger
Bob Neuwirth Director, Producer
Billy Swan Composer
Steven Soles Producer
Tchad Blake Engineer
T Bone Burnett Composer, Producer
Jeff Eyrich Producer
Reggie Fisher Producer
Geoff Gillette Engineer
John Hanlon Engineer
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Dennis Kirk Engineer
Darrell Leonard Horn Arrangements
Mark Linett Engineer
David Miner Producer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
David Rhodes Producer
Ann Savoy Producer
Joe Schiff Engineer
Bill Flanagan Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mike Piersante Producer, Engineer
Herb Burnette Composer
Henry Burnett Composer
Elizabeth Reilly Photo Coordination
Sylvain Poons Composer
Chelew Brothers Producer
Reggie Gillette Producer
David Marshfield Woodwind Arrangement
Kiva West Producer
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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    Too Clever For His Own Good

    There is no doubt T Bone Burnett is an intelligent songwriter, singer, and producer. He is an important figure in roots music. His major flaw is twisting melodies to fit his words. When Dylan (a major Burnett influence) or Steely Dan, two other writers who loved obscure lyrics, wrote cryptic music they kept it tuneful. Not so T Bone, who seems to have problems with lyrics and melodies colliding. I also find myself reading the booklet to understand the message of the song, not a good thing. I agree with AMG that a single disc collection of the more accessible songs would have sufficed.

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