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The Boxmasters

Billy Bob Thornton, The BoxmastersAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: August 29, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B0017V8PXA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Poor House
2. Build Your Own Prison
3. I'll Give You a Ring
4. The Last Place They Would Look
5. Shit List
6. I'm Watchin' the Game
7. 20 Years Ago
8. That Mountain
9. The Work of Art
10. 2-Bit Grifter
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. She's Lookin' Better By the Minute
2. Some of Shelley's Blues
3. Memories of You and I
4. Yesterday's Gone
5. Knoxville Girl
6. I Wanna Hold Your Hand
7. Sawmill
8. Original Mixed Up Kid
9. House At Pooh Corner
10. Propinquity
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters sound combines the influence of the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Kinks, and the Animals, fused with Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Roy Acuff and Hank Williams. Fashioned after a 1960 s-era mod band (including matching suits and ties!), The Boxmasters upbeat rhythms and infectious arrangements contrast sardonically with the very dark themes they explore lyrically.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars As a musician he's a great actor January 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I love Billy Bob Thornton's acting. I will buy any dvd that he has a significant role in. I also enjoy him in the doc's, interviews and real life stuff he does. We have similar backgrounds and attitudes. But he just does not have it as a musician. His stuff sounds like paraody's of real music. His voice is not terrible. It's just not very good. The music is completly uninspired. Putting curse words in the music is o.k. with me if they fit. By the same token simply including profanity does not automaticaly lend validity to the material. Some of my favorite artists are not great singers in the classic sense. Prine, Kristopherson, Dylan, etc. But their SONGS are great. Great lyrics and often great music to boot. For any of you who like the style they are trying to do here, get anything by the "hangdogs", especially "same old story". They broke up awhile back but they achieved on several albums what the boxmasters are trying to do and missing badly. Or even some of the stuff Cash did at the end of his career. It is the same sort of stuff but hits homeruns compared to the 3 pitch strikeout that this "boxmasters" sillyness is. Sorry Billy Bob, I really do love you and as a frustrated karaoke singer I understand you but the cold hard facts are that music aint your calling bubba.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You're no Tom Petty, Billy Bob April 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I admit I downloaded this after seeing Mr. Thornton's childish behavior with the CBC interview. I was intrigued with the promised "melange" of British 60's and Bakersfield country. Being a big Beatles fan and Buck Owens fan, this could be great! But it sucks balls! Billy Bob sings flat and the songs come off like bad parodies of country songs. Even the covers are really lame. And I have a question for BBT--if he's not an actor and wants to now be known as a serious "musician", then why is he mugging so much in the video posted on Amazon? Save you dough and if you've already got enough Buck, buy some Derailers CDs instead, or even Dwight's Buck Tribute CD--at least he can sing!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Review April 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the hardest review I've done. I saw this band back in March 09 here in my hometown of Lufkin, Texas. A small town with the concert on Sunday nite. There was about 200 people there which I thought was good for my town on Sunday nite. The show was really good. A great band, & Billy Bob's vocals were good to. But he never said one word to the audience, just played one song after the other for an hour & 1/2. They left the stage, didnt come back & didn't sign any autographs for anyone. I thought this was very not professional. I do have a copy of this double cd of the Boxmasters. I like both cds. I'm glad he is a good actor because this kind of music simply won't make him a living. Don't get me wrong the music is listenable but it's more of what I call Hobby music. So buy it if music is your hobby like mine.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid roots music June 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Billy Bob Thornton's music ever since I stumbled across PRIVATE RADIO at the local Wal-Mart several years ago (a copy was tucked away behind some more contemporary country CDs). I picked it up, gave it a spin, and was forever changed. BBT doesn't give a rat's petoot what you think of him; he makes music like he wants. Each one of his four solo albums has sounded different than the other: RADIO was mostly acoustic, THE EDGE OF THE WORLD was more pop/country, HOBO was rather bluesy, and BEAUTIFUL DOOR leaned heavily on folk.

Thus, it comes as no surprise that The Boxmasters' self-titled debut album sounds completely different than anything BBT has put out before (despite the fact that it revists RADIO, thanks to an up-dated and electrified "That Mountain," sans the spoken intro). Along with guitarist/bassist J.D. Andrew and lead guitarist Michael Wayne Butler, Thornton (drums and lead vocals) has created an album that dwells within the confines of the Bakersfield Sound, with a few forrays into Sixties pop coming near the end of the first disc. The first disc is certainly the album's highlight: 12 originals, all written or co-written by Thornton (with a couple co-writes going to Andrew) that deal with the highs and lows of hillbilly life. Some of them are laugh-out-loud hilarious; some of them are the dark and depressing material that Thornton has previously explored (PRIVATE RADIO is not an album to listen to while you're depressed). It's be a bit of a challenge to go through the first disc and pick highlights; they are all stellar tracks, expertly written and performed.

The second disc features 11 cover tunes, and this is where THE BOXMASTERS flounders a bit. The trick is to listen to the second disc (titled "Theirs") as a whole.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stinky July 18, 2011
By Rondog
Format:Audio CD
Billy Bob is a talented actor, but he is also an egomaniac. He really doesn't understand his own limitations, which is why we all have to endure the Boxmasters records.

Please don't buy this record, even to see what it is like, because you're only encouraging the guy.
It's cruel, he needs help.
Why don't we all agree not to buy these records, and give Billy Bob some space to sort himself out.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BBT Does it Again April 9, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
My *first* one star review! BBT's sense of entitlement knows no bounds. He takes an a radio personality over the coals (who did a commendable job BTW), punishing the poor guy because of his own insecurities about his "authenticity", of which he has zero. His whole thing is a schtick, which is not necessarily a bad thing, until he makes it bad by over-doing his "misunderstood artiste" impersonation.

Oh well - any publicity is good publicity, right? Sheeesh.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price of admission
I'm always skeptical about buying music made by movie stars but I have to say that this album, especially the original songs, really caught me by surprise. Read more
Published 13 months ago by K. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars BBT & the Boxmasters Lp
Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters LP is a great LP. A rockabilly sound but somewhat edgy. Like to hear them sing. Packaged beautifully. The price a bit too much but worth it. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by BamaTide#1
1.0 out of 5 stars Foul Mouth
Please note that these songs are "Explicit" in content. That means that Ol' Billy Bob will do a lot of cussin', and he does. Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by Don B. Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't know about the CDs, but the live show is weak.
Just saw this band last night. What I saw was an overpriced very short set of mundane music, not much above a decent garage band. Read more
Published on December 19, 2009 by Mangochuy
1.0 out of 5 stars Squeezing a frog sounds better than this music
I have never heard such audacious crap in all my life. I am really sorry I bought these albums; it was a real waste of money. Read more
Published on December 1, 2009 by Robert Poe
1.0 out of 5 stars No way BBT
I wouldn't buy this CD after listening to the horrible interview he gave in Canada!
Published on April 14, 2009 by J. Mann
1.0 out of 5 stars Hey Billy Bob...
... don't quit your day job!

Wow. The local country bar bands are better than The Boxmasters.
Published on April 11, 2009 by Ms. H
1.0 out of 5 stars BBT sucks
I just watched his interview on cbc, what an a.. I will NEVER buy anything that has his name attached to it again.
Published on April 9, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG!
Well, I just love Billy Bob Thornton and Folk Music so I had to have this LP (which is my current choice of music format). Read more
Published on March 31, 2009 by Spirit
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