T-Bone Burnett - Twenty Twenty: The Essential T-Bone Burnett

Published Saturday 1st July 2006
T-Bone Burnett - Twenty Twenty: The Essential T-Bone Burnett
T-Bone Burnett - Twenty Twenty: The Essential T-Bone Burnett

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 19113-2526
LABEL: DMZ/Columbia 82796936702

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

This 40-song collection captures 15 years of material from J Henry Burnett and still there will be some displeased (including myself) because favourite songs are missed out! T-Bone has embraced so many different musical influences that "rock" seems a very limited description of what he's done. There are songs here from his years with The Alpha Band, stuff from his solo records, film soundtracks and thankfully one of my all time favourite singles which finally means I can rest my vinyl copy of The Coward Brothers' "People's Limousine", his collaboration with Elvis Costello. With contributions from ex-wife Sam Phillips, Ry Cooder, Pete Townend, Ringo Starr and guitarist Marc Ribot, these songs are in a class of their own and which modern artist can throw up such a varied and interesting back catalogue? An appearance at Greenbelt 2006 will thankfully introduce a few thousand more people to his amazing music. As for me, let me point out a few highlights. "Fatally Beautiful" is a more appropriate description of Marilyn Monroe than Elton managed on "Candle In the Wind" and talking of Marilyn, he does an amazing job of reworking "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend". "River Of Love" and "No Love At All" are both gentle country gems whilst "The Murder Weapon" benefits from a 21st century remix and lyrically seems perfect in these times. However when will he re-release the excellent mid '80s 'Proof Through The Night'? Another track from that album "Hefner And Disney" exploits Burnett's continual lyrical delight in making a point through juxtaposition. "Euromad" is fun reportage from the frenzies of life on the road whilst "I Wish You Could Have Seen Her Dance" is reportedly based on a true encounter. With extensive detailed sleevenotes, this package presents the wide range of Burnett's endeavours and simply makes me hungry for a CD re-release of his back catalogue.

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