Burning Your Playhouse Down


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    Burning Your Playhouse Down Bandit Records / Vanguard

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Review Text The subtitle of Burning Your Playhouse Down makes plain that this compilation rounds up scraps from the Possum's vaults -- unreleased cuts not from the '60s or '70s, but a more recent vintage, as this relies on recordings from the '90s and beyond. Much of the album gathers up leftovers from 1994's The Bradley Barn Sessions, which was designed as a superstar duet album, so there are plenty of discards left behind, including the title track with Keith Richards, one of the better cuts here, as it has a loose honky tonk vibe. It's no coincidence that the sloppiest vocalist here spurs on the liveliest performance. Apart from an appealingly faithful "You're Still on My Mind" with Marty Stuart, everything else here is crisp, clean, and tasteful -- even Leon Russell's piano feels pristinely digital on "The Window Up Above." The Keith and Marty tunes turn out to be the highlights overall, although also noteworthy is the new "You and Me and Time," a duet with Jones' daughter Georgette where George gladly takes a back seat, thereby turning it into a sweet coming-out party for his kid. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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CD: 1

  1. 1. You and Me and Time - 5:53
  2. 2. Window Up Above - 3:22
  3. 3. She Once Lived Here - 3:03
  4. 4. Rockin' Years - 3:22
  5. 5. Burn Your Playhouse Down - 3:53
  6. 6. Selfishness in Man - 4:37
  7. 7. Tavern Choir - 3:04
  8. 8. I Always Get It Right with You - 4:41
  9. 9. When the Grass Grows Over Me - 4:46
  10. 10. I Always Get Lucky with You - 3:14
  11. 11. You're Still on My Mind - 3:04
  12. 12. Lovin' You, Lovin' Me - 3:04

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