The Bottom Line
- "Fatally Beautiful"
- "The People's Limousine"
- "Shut It Tight"
- "Song to a Dead Man"
- "River of Love"
- Includes tracks from each of T Bone's solo albums from several label catalogs.
- Features the Alpha Band, formed by fellow members of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue.
- Includes "The People's Limousine," recorded with Elvis Costello as "The Coward Brothers."
Guide Review - T Bone Burnett - Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett
With a full 40 tracks, The Essential T Bone shows how one man can illustrate the evolution of Americana music. He obviously knows every branch of American music is related to that one strong root and he interweaves these similarities perfectly, whether he's taking on a gentle hillbilly song like "Shut It Tight" or playing hard rock with a killer-cold message like "Fatally Beautiful" (featuring Pete Townsend on guitar).
There is, in fact, so much music on these two discs it's hard to absorb it all in just a few listens. From T Bone's off-kilter re-imaging of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" to his own bizarre story- tale "Hefner and Disney," there are songs here that could appeal to fans of every genre, or to people like me, who enjoy it all and the just plain weird shit that comes out of it. I could fill this space just listing all the people T Bone's worked with or praising his songwriting skills. I guess all I can say is give it a try. You'll find something you like.