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T Bone Burnett CDs

T. McCool "Musicologist"
The list author says: "I love roots music - blues, folk, early country, bluegrass, early rock and roll. So the name "T Bone Burnett" kept cropping up on CDs that I would buy. Now I seek out artists he has produced, and I'm never disappointed. Here's my list of T-Bone Burnett produced CDs (and one of his own)."
August And Everything After
August And Everything After
"A radio DJ gave a promo copy to me of this then-new band. I had not heard of Counting Crows or T Bone Burnett before hearing this. I loved it, and bought several Crows CDs over the years. It remains a favorite of mine."
Nothing But a Burning Light
Nothing But a Burning Light
"I checked this out at my local library because I had heard a little about Bruce Cockburn, and this has a cover of Blind Willie Johnson's Soul Of A Man. Rootsier than most of Cockburn's music. Not a bad song on it so I bought it."
Dart To The Heart
Dart To The Heart
"I liked Nothing But A Burning Light so much I bought Cockburn's follow-up, also produced by T Bone. Not as rootsy as its predecessor, and not as topical as most of Cockburn's music, but still a nice listen. I love the closer, Tie Me At The Crossroads."
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
"Believe it or not, I bought the CD before I saw the movie. I heard about it, though maybe I should be listening to it, and I was not disappointed. As you may well know, this is a fine collection of pre WWII blues, folk, gospel and country. When I finally saw the movie, it became one of my all time favorites. "George, not the livestock!""
The Wind
The Wind
"By now I'm actively seeking out artists produced by T Bone Burnett. I'm not a Zevon fan - in fact I didn't buy this one, but I checked it out at my local library. Zevon recorded this when he was dying of cancer. He gets some superstar help (Springsteen, among others). I want the last song on the CD played at my funeral."
Life, Death, Love And Freedom [CD + Audio DVD]
Life, Death, Love And Freedom [CD + Audio DVD]
"I have lived my entire life in Indiana, so I have been unable to escape John "Cougar" Mellencamp. Pretty sure I have owned or heard every single one of his albums. John gets pretty moribund on this one. The CD comes with a DVD featuring a new kind of recording techniques designed to mimic the warmer tones of analog recording and playback. I haven't listened to it that way so I can't comment."
Raising Sand
Raising Sand
"Plant serves up a roots album with his then main squeeze Allison Krause, the woman who can be credited with deep-sixing a Led Zeppelin reunion. Personally, this one is just OK with me. In fact I was a glad they didn't do a follow-up."
One Kind Favor
One Kind Favor
"I love the blues, hence, I love B.B. King. When I heard he was teaming with Burnett and I knew it was gonna be great. And it is! It's like you're sitting in a smoky blues club listening to B.B. and a crack blues band crank it out. An awesome effort by a true national treasure in the twilight of his life. Thank you, B.B. for this great gift."
No Better Than This
No Better Than This
"Mellencamp and his band recorded these songs in one take huddled around a single microphone. And it's in mono. John writes new songs that even sound old. You might think this is a gimmick but it works because the songs are great. Mellencamp is recording some real art these days, not like the feel-good midwestern rock of his Johnny Cougar days. And that's a good thing."
The Union
The Union
"Never heard much Russell in the past, and although Elton’ music has always been around, I'm not a huge fan of his either. But if T Bone is involved it has to be good. And this pairing is just too unique not to pass up. The songs are great. Elton and Leon's voices are in fine form. The production seems a little muddy to me, but maybe it's because I downloaded this instead of buying the CD."
The True False Identity
The True False Identity
"So after listening to all of the above, of course I have to check out the man himself. Honestly, I just bought this an hour ago, so I can't form an opinion yet. When I do, I'll update this list."