Tooth of Crime

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Tooth of Crime
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Genre Rock
Label Nonesuch
Producer T Bone Burnett
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Tooth of Crime

Tooth of Crime is an album by T Bone Burnett. The album is a selection of music written by Burnett for the 1996 production of Sam Shepard's play The Tooth of Crime .

T Bone Burnett American musician

Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett III is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter. Burnett rose to fame as a guitarist in Bob Dylan's band during the 1970s. He has received multiple Grammy awards for his work in film music, including for O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Cold Mountain (2004), Walk the Line (2006), and Crazy Heart (2010); and won another Grammy for producing the studio album Raising Sand (2007), in which he united the contemporary bluegrass of Alison Krauss with the blues rock of Robert Plant.

Sam Shepard American playwright and actor

Samuel Shepard Rogers III, known professionally as Sam Shepard, was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director whose career spanned half a century. He won ten Obie Awards for writing and directing, the most won by any writer or director. He wrote 44 plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film The Right Stuff. He received the PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York magazine described Shepard as "the greatest American playwright of his generation."

<i>The Tooth of Crime</i> musical written by Sam Shepard

The Tooth of Crime is a musical play written by Sam Shepard which made its premiere in London's Open Space Theatre on July 17, 1972. It tells the story of aging rock singer Hoss, doing battle with rival Crow.



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Music critic Mark Deming of Allmusic praised the album and wrote "Tooth of Crime is a smart, absorbing, and beautifully disquieting collection of songs that could have come from no one else but T Bone Burnett, and it shows that one of America's best songwriters may be working at a very deliberate pace but he still has some remarkable things left to tell us." [1]

Track listing

  1. "Anything I Say Can and Will Be Used Against You" – 4:02
  2. "Dope Island" – 4:16
  3. "The Slowdown" – 4:43
  4. "Blind Man" – 1:22
  5. "Kill Zone" – 4:19
  6. "The Rat Age" – 5:30
  7. "Swizzle Stick" – 5:10
  8. "Telepresence (Make the Metal Scream)" – 3:06
  9. "Here Come the Philistines" – 3:33
  10. "Sweet Lullaby" – 3:24


Sam Phillips (musician) American singer

Leslie Ann Phillips, better known by the stage name Sam Phillips, is an American singer and songwriter. Her albums include the critically acclaimed Martinis & Bikinis in 1994 and Fan Dance in 2001. She has also composed scores for the television shows Gilmore Girls, Bunheads, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Marc Ribot American musician

Marc Ribot is an American guitarist and composer.

Greg Leisz American musician

Gregory Brian Leisz is an American musician. He is a songwriter, recording artist, and producer. He plays guitar, dobro, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel guitar.


Mike Piersante is a recording engineer and mixer.

Susan Rogers is an American professor who worked as a sound engineer for several musical artists such as David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies and most famously alongside Prince on albums such as Purple Rain and Sign o' the Times. She is an associate professor in the Music Production and Engineering department at Berklee College of Music. According to an interview in Tape Op magazine, Rogers "really got her start working with Prince from 1983 to 1988, including albums like Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade, Sign o' the Times, and The Black Album."

Emile Kelman record producer and audio engineer

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  1. 1 2 Deming, Mark. "Tooth of Crime > Review". Allmusic . Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  2. DrozDowski, Ted. "T Bone Burnett: Tooth of Crime (Second Dance)". Boston Phoenix.
  3. 1 2 "Tooth of Crime - T-Bone Burnett | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 July 2017.