Here it is: T Bone Burnett’s best soundtrack yet! Just kidding… though some youngsters might need convincing that the wealth of early-20th-century Southern spirituals transferred from 78s to six CDs in this thrilling set are all for real, not crafty re-creations. Races and gospel subgenres mix (the Stanley Brothers pray alongside Blind Willie McTell, to cite a couple fleeting ”name” acts), united by a hardscrabble rural existence, dread of sin, and hope of flight. The package too is a thing of beauty, an oversize cedar box that envelops 135 songs and 25 sermons in healthy annotation and actual cotton bolls. If ”O Brother” was the ”coffee-table album” of its year, ”Babylon” feels like the coffee table itself.
Goodbye, Babylon Here it is: T Bone Burnett's best soundtrack yet! Just kidding... though some youngsters might need convincing that the wealth of early-20th-century...Goodbye, Babylon Here it is: T Bone Burnett's best soundtrack yet! Just kidding... though some youngsters might need convincing that the wealth of early-20th-century...2004-02-13
Lead Performer: Various Artists; Producer (group): Dust-to-Digital
Posted February 13 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
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