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T Bone Burnett

T Bone BurnettAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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T Bone Burnett's 40 years of experience in music and entertainment have earned him an unparalleled reputation as a first-rate innovative artist, songwriter, producer, performer, concert producer, record company owner and artist advocate. Burnett's highly sought-after involvement in music, film, television and stage projects is marked by his uncanny ability to successfully combine his ... Read more in Amazon's T Bone Burnett Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • ASIN: B000002QWR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. River Of Love
2. Poison Love
3. Shake Yourself Loose
4. No Love At All
5. Annabelle Lee
6. I Remember (Instrumental)
7. I Remember
8. Little Daughter
9. Oh No Darling
10. Time
11. Little Daughter (Instrumental)
12. Song To A Dead Man
13. The Bird That I Held In My Hand

Editorial Reviews

Texas native T Bone Burnett is celebrated for his production efforts on the behalf of Gillian Welch, Counting Crows, and Elvis Costello. His solo albums released in the '80s and early '90s on Warner Brothers and Columbia didn't sell, but they generated a fair share of mostly positive press (doubters are put off by the righteous air of some of his songs). This self-titled country-folk gem from 1986, however, is as good as anything in Burnett's extensive oeuvre, even if few people have heard it. Exceptional originals (the ought-to-be-classics "River of Love" and "I Remember") are expertly sequenced with faultlessly chosen covers (Tom Waits's "Time," Bob Neuwirth's "Annabelle Lee," the country standard "Poison Love"). Sidemen David Hidalgo and Dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas shine without showboating and Burnett has never sounded so guileless and relaxed. --Steven Stolder

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my top 5 records of the 90s October 18, 2001
By Ken R
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With great support from David Hidalgo (T-Bone was producing Los Lobos in those days), Jerry Douglas (who reinvented Dobro playing during this time) and a couple of his old Alpha Band cronies, this is T-Bone's best overall record. Not a bad song in the bunch (with a couple of terrific covers, like Tom Waits' "Time"), and two songs that just kill me whenever I hear them: "River of Love" and the quintessential T-Bone song "Shake Yourself Loose" which blends his love of a good pun ("I'm not running away from trouble/I'm walking away from an accident") and the ability to take a simple phrase (namely the song's title) and let it resonate and change meaning throughout the lyric--sophisticated stuff.
This is a great price on the CD and it has
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a great producer January 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
T-Bone Burnett the performer/song writer is a victim of his own success as a producer. He is arguably one of the best half dozen producers on the planet, and in 2001 managed to produce the only album to win the Grammy for Best Album of the Year with absolutely no air play whatsoever (the soundtrack for O BROTHER! WHERE ART THOU?). But he is also a very good song writer, managing to blend a strong moral sense from his own religious beliefs (he is a Christian, but a Christian on the edge, not unlike a fellow traveler like Bono). Tragically, most of his best studio work is out of print, like the incredible PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT and the great BEHIND THE TRAP DOOR, featuring an absolutely chilling version of "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend," which he sings with none of Marilyn Monroe's playfulness, but with the utmost seriousness, as if he were articulating a philosophy of life. One of the scariest songs ever recorded.
Of all his albums, T-BONE BURNETT is by far his most mellow, filled with less moral combativeness. His albums are usually ironic and sardonic, but this one is peaceful and calm, as if he was have an extraordinarily good day when he recorded it. The arrangements are minimalistic, and the sound utterly uncluttered. It is almost impossible to listen to this album without feeling calm and peaceful. Burnett by background is a rocker, but this album seems almost folky in contrast.
This is not Burnett's best album, but it is very nearly his best. And until PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT or BEHIND THE TRAP DOOR become available again, this is probably the best T-Bone Burnett album one can find.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE piece of music February 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
At this price, you should buy 3 and keep them in storage for future generations. The musicianship on this CD is awesome, the sound is pristine, the songs are very well written. It's old-fashioned folky country, no drums to speak of, no electric instruments. It was recorded live to 2-track in the studio. My one caveat. When this originally came out on LP record, it was shorter, without the extra "instrumentals" and such. Actually, it was better that way! (6 stars instead of 5) Also, the album, when it was recorded direct, was recorded simultaneously to analog and digital, so the master for the two of them is slightly different. Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but the analog master that the LP is based on sounds better. Keep in mind that in the 80s digital recording technology was not where it is before, no matter what anybody says...

So... if you can find the LP in great condition, get that too! But this CD is a classic and then some.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Found it at last! March 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was one of the albums I brought with me when I went to work in Moscow back in '91. We would play it in our minibus on the way to work every morning and our Russian driver loved it so much, I let him have my copy. He now drives a taxi and still plays it for his passengers. I haven't been able to get my hands on a fresh copy until now (Thanks, Amazon!)and at such a great price too! T-Bone Burnett is normally a bit more avant-garde, but he plays it straight on this one, and with a wonderful group of session musicians. This is not just a great album, it also reminds me of sunny August mornings in Moscow with the window down and "Annabelle Lee" playing loud. If you like acoustic music, treat yourself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars T-Bone goes acoustic May 11, 1998
By A Customer
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Long tall Texan T-Bone Burnett has one of those nasal, Dylanish voices that you might call an acquired taste. Still, once you've gotten past that initial barrier to entry, you're hooked. On this eponymous release, T-Bone takes the neotraditional high road: there's not an electrified note to be heard. Instead he's assembled an acoustic ensemble to die for, including dobro wizard Jerry Douglas, fiddler Byron Berline, and Los Lobos' Dave Hidalgo. The songs--particularly "River of Love" and "Shake Yourself Loose"--are smart, lovely, and low-key. And even the bits that T-Bone clearly tossed off on the way to the studio receive eloquent performances. Jerry Douglas fans, please note: the disc includes two unaccompanied, CD-only tracks by the Slide Ruler himself, who makes Burnett's melodies sound more desolate and Appalachian than usual. Beautiful!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perhaps the best album ever? January 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a ground breaking album. Without a doubt it is the best recorded and produced album I have ever heard. It has a sweetness and life that you never hear on other records, and at the same time the pain and ache of the songs is wrenching. The layers of sound that sweep you away to another place are exquisite and elegant. T bone is known to many now as the man behind the "O brother" sound track and the Counting Crows albums. Although these are good things to be known for, his work with Marshall Crenshaw, Los Lobos, Bob Dylans( he produced the comeback "blood on the tracks" album), the BoDeans, Gillian Welch, Elvis Costello, Roy Orbison may be even better. Without a doubt if you want to be considered as a serious new alt roots band, having Mr Burnett as your producer will do that . Now for my only complaint, he has spent so much time producing for everyone else that I long to hear a new album from him. I always here rumors but never an album.
If you want the best Album to sit out on a deck on a warm summer night and listen to, this is it.
You know how when you are outside every sound is in its place and it is all good? That is this album. every note is there just where it should be, not too loud, not to soft, you can hear it all. This was clearly a labor of love. this is the music of " O Brother" ten years before and cleaner.
Buy this album help convince T Bone that we want more. And a note of warning this album sounds better than your sound system, you will be forced to upgrade to fully listen to the wonderful music here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Have it on vinyl.. Love TBone!!! The best ear for music in the business.. Extremely musical, but not an extremely uplifting piece of music
Published 20 months ago by Brian Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar CD by a great artist!
I saw this CD marked down and on sale in a store and bought it based purely on the cover art (sweet! Read more
Published on July 28, 2012 by Bron
3.0 out of 5 stars shrug
This album feels trite and simplistic after hearing - or should I say experiencing - his more recent album "The True False Identity". Read more
Published on February 26, 2008 by sheepinfog
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Musicianship
T Bone really know how to play and has assembled a great core of musicians on this album. The lyrics and singing didnt really do it for me though. Read more
Published on December 4, 2007 by James A. Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album
If you like country music, or if you want to explore T-Bone Burnett's music, either way, it is very well written and recorded.
Published on August 16, 2005 by K.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic
This album is my favorite from an artist better known for producing others music than making his own. Read more
Published on March 30, 2004 by "acoustimania"
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the T-Bone that I Knew
...don't get me wrong. This is a decent-enough record. Good songs, well played. But "good" is not enough from the guy who out-quirked Dylan during the Rolling Thunder... Read more
Published on December 26, 2003 by JR Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars good value
A lot of music for the price. The acoustic was a surprise. Reminds me of Roy Orbitson and/or Eddie Raven. Good CD
Published on February 10, 2000 by James J. Armstrong
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