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Twenty Twenty - The Essential T Bone Burnett

T Bone BurnettAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Humans From Earth (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Born In CaptivityAlpha Band 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Primitives (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Power Of Love (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 2:55Album Only
listen  5. Fatally Beautiful (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:33Album Only
listen  6. Monkey Dance (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Long Time Now (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. River Of Love (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:34Album Only
listen  9. Shut It Tight (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 2:56Album Only
listen10. Tear This Building Down (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Murder Weapon (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 5:14Album Only
listen12. Image (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Kill Zone (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:05Album Only
listen14. Hula Hoop (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:25Album Only
listen15. Criminals (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:04Album Only
listen17. No Love At All (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 2:57Album Only
listen18. When The Night Falls (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:23Album Only
listen19. Over You (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Bird That I Held In My Hand (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:10Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Every Little Thing (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. House Of Mirrors (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:34Album Only
listen  3. The DogsAlpha Band 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Shake Yourself Loose (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:04Album Only
listen  5. Kill Switch (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Wish You Could Have Seen Her Dance (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:48Album Only
listen  7. Hefner And Disney (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:53Album Only
listen  8. Drivin Wheel (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:13Album Only
listen  9. Boomerang (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:19Album Only
listen10. Euromad (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Strange Combination (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:50Album Only
listen12. East Of EastAlpha Band 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The People's Limousine (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:41Album Only
listen14. Trap Door (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:11Album Only
listen15. I'm Coming Home (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:02Album Only
listen16. It's Not Too Late (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Song To A Dead Man (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:09Album Only
listen18. After All These Years (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:12Album Only
listen19. Man, Don't Dog Your Woman (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 3:44Album Only
listen20. Bon Temps Rouler (Album Version)T Bone Burnett 4:58Album Only

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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 (May 16, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000F8DBDU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

The first T-Bone Burnett retrospective collection. 2 CDs featuring 40 career-spanning songs.

Nobody writes better about surface and depth, illusion and essence, through parable and paradox, than T Bone Burnett. Though he's had more influence as a producer and catalyst (from his days with Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review to his visionary masterminding of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack), this two-disc, 40-song retrospective dating back to 1977 celebrates his accomplishment as a unique recording artist. Burnett's range extends from the purest of plain-spoken country songs ("No Love at All," "River of Love," "The Bird That I Held in My Hand," "I'm Coming Home") to spoken-word enigmas such as "House of Mirrors" and "Hefner and Disney" (with the two switching identities as soulmates in Never Wonder Land) that challenge the listener to resolve the complexities. Among the other standouts are the surging rock of "I Wish You Could Have Seen Her Dance" and "Boomerang," the roadhouse rockabilly of "Driving Wheel," the teaming with Elvis Costello (as the Coward Brothers) on "The People's Limousine," and the deadpan reading of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Rather than following a chronological or musical progression, the anthology dares fans to connect the dots and risk stylistic whiplash in the process. With the simultaneous release of The True False Identity, Burnett's first album of new material since 1992, listeners can discover where he's been as well as where he's going. --Don McLeese

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good from the Bone May 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Not only has Van Morrison still not gotten the Nobel Prize, but T-Bone's Proof Through the Night and Trap Door albums aren't out on CD. Until that second faux pas is rectified, however, here's an eclectic look into his varied repertoire. It's a comment on T-Bone's prolific songwriting skill to note that most of my favorite songs didn't make the forty song cut.

Disc one starts off with "Humans from Earth" from the Wim Wender film Until the End of the World, which also appears on Criminal Under My Own Hat. "Born in Captivity" and "East of East" come from the second Alpha Band album, Spark in the Dark, with "The Dogs" from the band's first self-titled disc. "Monkey Dance", "Euromad" and "Image" come from The Talking Animals.

Songs from Truth Decay include "Hall of Mirrors" "Power of Love", "Boomerang" and "Drivin' Wheel". "River of Love" is best known in the version done by T-Bone's wife, song writer Sam Phillips on The Turning, her last album as Leslie Phillips. Trap Door was only a six song E.P. ("extended play" record) but it nevertheless contained some of T-Bone's best songs. A different album called Behind the Trap Door was released by Nick Lowe on his Demon Records label in Britain. From Trap Door here is T-Bone's talking blues take on "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," the title song "Trap Door" and "I Wish You Could Have Seen Her Dance".

From Proof Through the Night come "Shut it Tight" (originally the last song on the record), "Hula Hoop", "The Murder Weapon", "When the Night Falls" (covered in concert by John Hiatt) and "Hefner and Disney." What's missing? Two of my favorite T-Bone songs from Proof: "Stunned" and "The '60s". From Trap Door: "Poetry" and "Hold on Tight.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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This is a decent compilation, which includes well-chosen tracks from most of the phases of T Bone Burnett's career. There's a lot to discover in his (modest but underheard) discography, and for a neophyte, this is surely a decent start. Some have complained that favorite tracks from his Warner Brothers releases aren't here (and I agree that some of the MIA tracks are among his best), but those omissions don't take away from the value of this anthology as a primer. Based on the track list alone, I'd give it four stars (though I do question why he chose not to include ANYTHING from his debut album, 1972's The B-52 Band and the Fabulous Skylarks).

But based on listening, it only gets two stars. Why? T Bone Burnett has committed the unforgivable sin of re-recording the tracks from his best album, Proof Through the Night. Burnett is on record as stating that he doesn't like the production of the original album at all, and I guess he took this as his chance to re-envision those tracks. BIG MISTAKE. The original album, whether or not Burnett likes it, is a classic, and these re-recordings are simply not as good. Given that Proof Through the Night has yet to be reissued on CD, these substitutions are criminal.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great ones May 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Oh my! I have been waiting for this cd. There was a rumor and in fact a listing for "The Tooth of the Crime" a few years back - that was supposed to be his greatest hits - or was it a soundtrack to a play he was working on? But it never was released. Too busy producing other great artists. Now it is here.

I like all of T-Bone's cds - except for Talking Animals. I have heard each of these songs in their original forms on the previous cds and vinyl. This is a great collection. The re-recordings of the Proof songs are going to be a let down if you are used to the originals, though. Be forewarned. I think they are well done - we are all just so attached to the original versions. If the original is ever released on cd, this won't be a problem at all.

My one peeve - Trap Door was not available on cd up until now - here half of the songs are available. We need the other songs!

Trap Door (EP) Track Listing
Hold on Tight - not on Twenty Twenty
Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend - yes
I Wish You Could Have Seen Her Dance -yes
A Ridiculous Man - not on Twenty Twenty
Poetry - not on Twenty Twenty
Trap Door - yes

Same goes for Proof Through the Night - there are still GREAT songs not on cd!

(edited on May 19th, and June 1 2006)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did T-Bone lose his masters? October 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Not bloody likely! He's done more work as a producer than he has as a recording artist. Yet here he butchers his own songs!

These rerecordings sound like they've been filtered through gauze. The instrumentals are muddied by heavy reverb, and they bury the vocals in many instances. Everything just seems off-kilter and out of balance.

What earthly reason could be motivating his refusal to rerelease "Proof Through the Night" and "Trap Door"? Perhaps he's waiting for most of us to tire of waiting and buy this mangled mishmash instead.

I say: No thanks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Idiosyncratic document of an idiosyncratic career November 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The multitalented Burnett released this 40-track career retrospective on the same day he released his first new album ("The True False Identity") in fourteen years. He's on record as imagining this collection as the summation of a musical period from which he's now somewhat estranged. Having put his solo career on hold in 1992, Burnett expressed himself for over a decade as a producer, sideman, record label executive and soundtrack composer, and revisiting his older catalog wasn't apparently always a comfortable situation.

Burnett cherry picks from his six previous solo releases (1980's "Truth Decay," 1982's "Trap Door," 1983's "Proof Through the Night," 1986's "T Bone Burnett," 1988's "The Talking Animals," and 1992's "The Criminal Under My Own Hat"), as well as two of three earlier albums by The Alpha Band (1976's "The Alpha Band" and 1977's "Spark in the Dark," but nothing from 1978's "Statue Makers of Hollywood"). Also included is "The People's Limousine" with Elvis Costello (as The Coward Brothers), the Wim Wenders soundtrack contribution "Man, Don't Dog Your Woman," and a trio of previously unreleased tunes ("The Tooth of Crime," "Song to a Dead Man," and "Bon Temps Rouler'").

Burnett's selections go especially deep on the hard-to-find EP "Trap Door" (including a terrific stripped-down, half-spoken cover of "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend"), the unreissued "Proof Through the Night" and the last LP of his original run, "The Criminal Under My Own Hat." Other highlights include the Everly-esque "I'm Coming Home" (from "Tooth Decay"), the original "Song to a Dead Man," recorded with Norman Blake, Dennis Crouch, Jerry Douglas and Stuart Duncan in Nashville, and an oddly modern take on the second-line rhythms of "Bon Temps Rouler'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What is not to like? T Bone is brilliant.
Published 1 month ago by Sleeping Piranha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i didn't know of Burnett and I am really glad i bought this cd.. it's great
Published 2 months ago by Constance Tarracino
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Thought i might like this, as i enjoyed the music in the movie Crazy Heart he consulted on. Can't understand who might like this guy, or his music. Guess different strokes....
Published 4 months ago by mwarner88
4.0 out of 5 stars ~90% good?
Folks are really slamming this and they have some justification so lets look at what we've got.
The good news only 5 songs were re-recorded. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Floyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivers
Got this for my significant other who I see every couple of weeks. Surprised to see that it is still in the CD rotation which he changes often. I think it was a hit!
Published 6 months ago by Patricia E. Gleason
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
How did I get to be nearly sixty without realizing the influence and genius of this man? Knew his name but only as an interesting byline. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ian Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll !!!!!!
Whats a feller to say,Its T Bone Burnett! Good old time rock and roll ,if you are a fan of the TBone,you go because you all will like it!!!
Published 19 months ago by David Leonard
4.0 out of 5 stars 20-20: Essential T-Bone Burnett
When I purchased this compilation, I was really only superficially familiar with Mr. Burnett's music, in particular the song "Tear This Building Down". Read more
Published 21 months ago by Troy-David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy from great guys!
Love this noise. I've never heard anything like it and I never will again. If you need some sound that will help stimulate some thought, this is THE guy to do it. Read more
Published on August 22, 2011 by Steve Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful selection of T-Bone treasures, great for a new fan like me
I had to dig deep to stumble upon T-Bone Burnett, I've come across his name a few times but the undeniable link to really going out and securing a CD of his work was via the... Read more
Published on March 22, 2010 by Mark Lear
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The old T-Bone is dead?
The cover is a depiction of the song "I Can Explain Everything" from THE CRIMINAL UNDER MY OWN HAT. It is the only song from that album not included on 20/20! The song is a first-person plea by a political/war criminal.
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