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T-Bone Burnett – The Talking Animals (1988)

T-Bone Burnett – The Talking Animals (1988)
92.4 MB @ 320 kbps, 40:31

Interesting outing from the man who, as legend has it, was an important contributing factor to Bob Dylan’s road to the weird world of the “Born Again”! OK … shall we forgive TBB for helping make a creative wreck of the greatest songwriter of modern times (no pun!)? Course fucking not! We’re not Born Againers!!

Guess this guy will be rushing out to vote polar Palin into office!

Anyways, some star turns here from Bono, Peter Case and a few more … including former Pogue – and former Mrs Elvis Costello – Cait O’Riordan!

Following a brief brush with country music, T-Bone Burnett’s seventh solo release, The Talking Animals, continues the studio rock he began in 1983 with Proof Through the Night.

Burnett once again starts with basic rock, pop, and folk roots, which he wastes no time in subverting, adding assorted twists along the way. Along with co-producer and guitarist David Rhodes, he colors a foundation of steady rhythms driven by drummer Mickey Curry and bassist Tony Levin with affected and atmospheric guitars, as well as Mitchell Froom’s various keyboards.

One exception is the Van Dyke Parks-arranged “Image,” with its swirling strings and one verse repeated in four different languages by Burnett and three guest vocalists (Cait O’Riordan, Ruben Blades, and Ludmilla).

Here he sheds the bounds of the standard pop song format to create a piece that seems to have sprung from a Weill-Brecht musical. Lyrically, The Talking Animals, like his best work, can be scathing, searching, and surreal. Burnett explores uncertainty, longing, fear, lust, fantasy, greed, and eventually justice and mercy in his quest for “The Wild Truth” (the title of one of the album’s best tracks). Often criticized for preaching, Burnett seems to ask as much of himself as he does of the cast of characters here, even allowing one of them to denounce him in the wonderful final cut, “The Strange Case of Frank Cash and the Morning Paper” (although it’s T-Bone Burnett who gets the last word).

Even with a few less than stellar songs, The Talking Animals is a strong, inspired record. Bono, Peter Case, and Tonio K. each co-write with Burnett, as well as lending support on vocals.

– Brett Hartenbach

When I first found Burnett’s The Talking Animals on vinyl back in the 1980’s, I really enjoyed this album, especially the song “The Wild Truth” without realizing that this album was about his faith and other human interests. Now that I share his faith, I enjoy it much more than the oh-so-obvious Christian rock that is popular today. The subtleties behind all the tracks of this album make this CD re-release worth the monetary price.

I particularly enjoy the tracks “Image” (with it’s multi-lingual translations), “Purple Heart”, “Relentless” (about God’s grace, BTW) and the vastly underrated “Frank Cash and the Morning Paper”, the latter of which is a wickedly subtle take on the “does God exist” debate with a dash of Rod Serling in the lyrics for subtlety’s sake.

At the time this album was first released, Burnett was listed on the Christian charts. Now, he joins his subsequent brother-in-Christ Kevin Max as two of the “heretics” who chose more alternative songwriting styles over the more mainstream Christian artists’ trend towards feeding the industry beast. Burnett refuses to hit listeners over the head with a cross-shaped two-by-four, preferring to let his lyrics sink in slowly in hopes the the seeds he sows may someday take root. :

– Amazon Customer Comment

Biography by Jason Ankeny:

Despite critical acclaim as a performer, the rootsy singer/songwriter T-Bone Burnett earned his greatest renown as a producer, helming recording sessions for acts ranging from Roy Orbison and Elvis Costello to Counting Crows and Sam Phillips. Born Joseph Henry Burnett on January 14, 1948, in St. Louis, MO, he grew up in Fort Worth, TX, soaking in the area’s indigenous blend of blues, R&B, and Tex-Mex sounds. Instead of attending college, he opted to open his own Fort Worth recording studio, while also performing in a series of blues bands; in the early ’70s he relocated to Los Angeles, producing sessions for Glen Clark and Delbert McClinton.
After recording his own 1972 debut, The B-52 Band & the Fabulous Skylarks, Burnett toured with Delaney & Bonnie before befriending Bob Neuwirth, a singer/songwriter known for his ties to Bob Dylan. Three years later, Dylan invited Burnett to play guitar on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour. After the Revue concluded, he and fellow Rolling Thunder alumni Dave Mansfield and Steve Soles founded the Alpha Band, releasing their eponymous debut in 1977. Spark in the Dark followed later that year, and like its predecessor failed to find commercial favor; when 1978’s Statue Makers of Hollywood met a similar fate, the Alpha Band split, and Burnett returned to his solo career.

He resurfaced in 1980 with the acclaimed Truth Decay, which, like all of his solo work, found its lyrical center in his spiritual concerns. A move to Warner Bros. followed for 1982’s Trap Door EP, and 1983’s full-length Proof Through the Night featured guests Pete Townshend, Ry Cooder, and Richard Thompson. Still, commercial success eluded him, and so he continued working as a producer, overseeing highly regarded records like Los Lobos’ How Will the Wolf Survive?, Marshall Crenshaw’s Downtown, and the BoDeans’ Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams.

After recording a self-titled 1986 solo effort, Burnett agreed to produce The Turning, an album for the successful Christian pop singer Leslie Phillips. The album won wide acclaim even from secular outposts, but it was to be Phillips’ last overtly religious release; instead, she began performing under her nickname, Sam, and with Burnett’s aid landed a deal with the Virgin label for 1987’s acclaimed The Indescribable Wow. Prior to recording her 1991 LP, Cruel Inventions, Phillips and Burnett wed, and he remained in the producer’s seat for her later efforts, including 1994’s Martinis & Bikinis and 1996’s Omnipop.

Despite his additional success manning albums like Elvis Costello’s masterful 1986 effort King of America as well as producing the star-studded 1987 Roy Orbison tribute Black & White Night, Burnett continued his solo career; like earlier efforts, 1988’s The Talking Animals won raves from the press but failed to find an audience outside of his devoted cult following. His output dwindled as his production work increased, and only in 1992 did he release a follow-up, the spartan Criminal Under My Own Hat. Instead, Burnett remained one of the most prolific and distinctive producers of his day, crafting successes like Costello’s Spike, Counting Crows’ August and Everything After, the Wallflowers’ Bringing Down the Horse, and Gillian Welch’s Revival.

Burnett’s public profile took a huge leap in 2001 when he served as composer and music producer for the Coen Brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou? as well as producing the soundtrack album from the film, which became somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, selling close to nine million copies and earning Burnett four Grammy awards. He partnered with the Coen Brothers to form DMZ Records in 2002, and the label has released several soundtrack albums either produced or executive produced by Burnett, including Cold Mountain, A Mighty Wind, Crossing Jordan, and The Ladykillers.

Burnett finally released an album of new original material, The True False Identity, in 2006 on Sony, which that same year also released a 40-song retrospective set spanning Burnett’s entire career, Twenty Twenty: The Esssential T-Bone Burnett.

Tracklisting :

01. The Wild Truth
02. Monkey Dance
03. Image
04. Dance, Dance, Dance
05. The Killer Moon
06. Relentless
07. Euromad
08. Purple Heart
09. You Could Look It Up
10. The Strange Case Of Frank Cash And The Morning Paper

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September 10, 2008 Posted by | Bono, Music_ClassicRock, Peter Case, T-Bone Burnett, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Peter Case – Peter Case (1986)

Peter Case – Peter Case (1986)
Release year: 1986
Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 160 kbps CBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 54,64 MB
Total Length: 00:47:48

A real classic album this. Over 20 years old but sounds as fresh as daisy (I mean this new young chick I’m seeing called Daisy. Man, she’s a real goer!)

Pete was doing alt country before the genre even existed. He draws on the spirits of Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, amongst an array of influences, and makes something brand new.

It’s largely an acoustic affair, but Pete’s got the guitars firmly plugged in often too and turned up loud and clear. He’s also got enough lung power to wail away on the harmonica throughout.

The production and mixing are excellent, thanks to T Bone Burnett.

A wonderful album. A wonderful introduction to the wonder of Peter Case!

More details here: http://rateyourmusic.com/relea…..eter_case/

Tracklisting

1. Echo Wars
2. Steel Strings
3. Three Days Straight
4. More Than Curious
5. I Shook His Hand
6. Small Town Spree
7. Old Blue Car
8. Walk In The Woods
9. Horse & Crow
10. Icewater
11. Satellite Beach
12. Pair Of Brown Eyes

Here be Petey:

http://massmirror.com/82c7a7e9…..7a066.html

pass: www.dancingmokey.com

Thanks to solitaire

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April 2, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Peter Case, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Peter Case – Peter Case (1986)

Peter Case – Peter Case (1986)
Release year: 1986
Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 160 kbps CBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 54,64 MB
Total Length: 00:47:48

A real classic album this. Over 20 years old but sounds as fresh as daisy (I mean this new young chick I’m seeing called Daisy. Man, she’s a real goer!)

Pete was doing alt country before the genre even existed. He draws on the spirits of Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, amongst an array of influences, and makes something brand new.

It’s largely an acoustic affair, but Pete’s got the guitars firmly plugged in often too and turned up loud and clear. He’s also got enough lung power to wail away on the harmonica throughout.

The production and mixing are excellent, thanks to T Bone Burnett.

A wonderful album. A wonderful introduction to the wonder of Peter Case!

More details here: http://rateyourmusic.com/relea…..eter_case/

Tracklisting

1. Echo Wars
2. Steel Strings
3. Three Days Straight
4. More Than Curious
5. I Shook His Hand
6. Small Town Spree
7. Old Blue Car
8. Walk In The Woods
9. Horse & Crow
10. Icewater
11. Satellite Beach
12. Pair Of Brown Eyes

Here be Petey:

http://massmirror.com/82c7a7e9…..7a066.html

pass: www.dancingmokey.com

Thanks to solitaire

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April 2, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Peter Case, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Peter Case – Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (2007)

Peter Case – Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (2007)
Release Date: August 7, 2007
Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 191 kbps VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 49,16 MB
Total Length: 00:41:12

She dialed 911,
but the cops didn’t come on time,
They found her on the marble
with a bullet through her eye
Peter Case’s “Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John” is an excellent acoustic folk set. Case shines with urgent vocals, acoustic guitar, great melodies & lyrics.

Richard Thompson guests on vocals & guitar on the bright opener “Every 24 Hours,” “I should’ve called home fore she went to sleep; I pray the Lord for her soul to keep; Tomorrow will tell who’s been tending the sheep.”

“Million Dollars Bail” tells a sad story of how money may purchase justice but cannot buy happiness, “She dialed 911, but the cops didn’t come on time; They found her on the marble with a bullet through her eye. … There’s two kinds of justice, everybody knows, one for folks up on the hill, the others down below.”

Case’s music is deceptively simple such as on the lovely “Ain’t Gonna Worry No More” with it’s lulling guitar and lyrics busting with memory, “Fourteen dressed in his father’s hat, even had a little mustache just like that; Told the crazy lady at the corner shop, ‘I’ll take a pack of Camels and bottle of Schnapps.'” “Forget tomorrow & that jam you’re in; You’re alive right now as you ever been,” Peter sings on the losers’ lament “That Soul Twist.”

Case’s album is an excellent folk set from one of our most consistent artists.

Details here:
http://rateyourmusic.com/relea…..eepy_john/

Tracklisting

1. Every 24 Hours
2. Million Dollars Bail
3. Underneath The Stars
4. Just Hangin’ On
5. Ain’t Gonna Worry No More
6. Palookaville
7. Get Away Blues
8. The Open Road Song
9. Somebrightmorningblues
10. I’m Gonna Change My Ways
11. That Soul Twist

Here be Petey:
http://massmirror.com/0c02a074…..6b92d.html

pass: www.dancingmokey.com

Thanks to solitaire

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April 2, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Peter Case, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Peter Case – Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (2007)

Peter Case – Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John (2007)
Release Date: August 7, 2007
Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 191 kbps VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 49,16 MB
Total Length: 00:41:12

She dialed 911,
but the cops didn’t come on time,
They found her on the marble
with a bullet through her eye
Peter Case’s “Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John” is an excellent acoustic folk set. Case shines with urgent vocals, acoustic guitar, great melodies & lyrics.

Richard Thompson guests on vocals & guitar on the bright opener “Every 24 Hours,” “I should’ve called home fore she went to sleep; I pray the Lord for her soul to keep; Tomorrow will tell who’s been tending the sheep.”

“Million Dollars Bail” tells a sad story of how money may purchase justice but cannot buy happiness, “She dialed 911, but the cops didn’t come on time; They found her on the marble with a bullet through her eye. … There’s two kinds of justice, everybody knows, one for folks up on the hill, the others down below.”

Case’s music is deceptively simple such as on the lovely “Ain’t Gonna Worry No More” with it’s lulling guitar and lyrics busting with memory, “Fourteen dressed in his father’s hat, even had a little mustache just like that; Told the crazy lady at the corner shop, ‘I’ll take a pack of Camels and bottle of Schnapps.'” “Forget tomorrow & that jam you’re in; You’re alive right now as you ever been,” Peter sings on the losers’ lament “That Soul Twist.”

Case’s album is an excellent folk set from one of our most consistent artists.

Details here:
http://rateyourmusic.com/relea…..eepy_john/

Tracklisting

1. Every 24 Hours
2. Million Dollars Bail
3. Underneath The Stars
4. Just Hangin’ On
5. Ain’t Gonna Worry No More
6. Palookaville
7. Get Away Blues
8. The Open Road Song
9. Somebrightmorningblues
10. I’m Gonna Change My Ways
11. That Soul Twist

Here be Petey:
http://massmirror.com/0c02a074…..6b92d.html

pass: www.dancingmokey.com

Thanks to solitaire

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April 2, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Peter Case, _MUSIC | Leave a comment