Friday, January 16, 2015

T-Bone Burnett - 1982-10-28 - San Francisco (plus bonus Santa Monica tracks)

T-Bone Burnett
Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA
(plus bonus tracks from McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA)

Audience recording, good quality
mp3 @ 224 kbps

T-Bone Burnett is highly renowned as a music producer, composer, and compiler of film soundtracks and scores.  The artists he has produced and worked with are truly impressive, including Elvis Costello, Leo Kottke, BoDeans, Roy Orbison, Sam Philips, John Mellencamp, Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Elton John, Leon Russell, Diana Krall, Natalie Merchant, Steve Earle,  Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, B.B. King, The Wallflowers, Bruce Cockburn, Marshall Crenshaw, Kris Kristofferson, Tony Bennett, and the list just goes on and on.  He has also become THE Go-to guy for any projects that deal with authentic regional Americana or indigenous, rural, and roots-oriented or traditional 'country' music styles. This reputation was established with the award-winning soundtrack for the Coen Brothers film, 'O Brother Where Art Thou' (2000) (but really started long before that with his work with Elvis Costello on King of America (1986)), after which he was brought in for numerous other film soundtracks, all having some degree of roots music, including Cold Mountain, Walk The Line, Hunger Games, Crazy Heart, Inside Llewyn Davis, and True Detective. This work has won him numerous awards, etc. (more than a dozen Grammies). And although he is also known as a songwriter, his own music (several solo albums over the years), receives much less attention. But, back in the day, that is the early 1980's, he was a hot, up and coming musician, with critically acclaimed, but sales-challenged albums. He started in the 1970's with a few bands that went nowhere, then was picked to join Bob Dylan as a guitarist on his Rolling Thunder tour (1975-1976). After that, T-Bone formed The Alpha Band, released 3 albums, but again, didn't go anywhere. He released his first real solo album in 1980, the acclaimed Truth Decay, followed by The Trap Door (1982) and Proof Through the Night (1983). At this time his music was a mixture of several styles, particularly Rock n Roll, R&B, rockabilly, folk, and country, delivered with a New Age energy and edge. Thus, it is quite interesting to hear him rockin' on many of the songs from this period, particularly in his live shows, quite distinct from the more austere sounds of much of his more recent works. So, I have here a show from this early '80's period, when he was rockin' with the best of them, yet still showing that unique 'folky' style, too. Here we get T-Bone with a band, including guitar ace Mick Ronson (at the beginning of his time working with T-Bone). It's not a great recording, but overall pretty good (and highly listenable), and there just aren't many recordings of shows from this period. So, check out this enjoyable show from T-Bone's early career.

 1.C'mon Everybody
 4.King Of The Road
 5.Can I Get A Witness
 6.Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
 7.Pretty Girls
 9.Trap Door
 10.Treat Her Right
 11.Drivin' Wheel
 12.A Ridiculous Man
 13.I Wish You Could Have Seen Her Dance
 14.There's No Business Like Show Business
 15.House Of Mirrors
 18.Talk Talk Talk Talk
 19.I Fought The Law
 20.Rave On
 21.Ronno Showcase
 22. Honey Don't
 23. The Letter
 24. Hold On Tight
Bonus tracks:
T-Bone Burnett (Solo) at McCabe's Gutar Shop, Santa Monica, CA - 1982 (unknown date)
 25.The Power Of Love
 26.Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
 27.Talk Talk Talk Talk
 28.The Stones You Throw
 29.House Of Mirrors
 30.Art Movies
 31. Silver Mantis
 32. Trap Door
 33. Fatally Beautiful

T-Bone Burnett - guitar, vocals
Mick Ronson - lead guitar
David Miner - bass
David Kemper - drums
Dennis Keevy(?) - percussion

T-Bone Burnett_1982_Old Waldorf&McCabes.rar
link updated! (08/23/16)