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  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B00005NK33
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Dark And Mad
  2. Forever
  3. Angelina
  4. Starlight Lounge
  5. Walk Of Shame
  6. Smoking In Bed
  7. Your Blue Shadow
  8. That Mountain
  9. He Was A Friend Of Mine
  10. Private Radio
  11. Beauty At The Back Door
  12. Lost Highway


You wouldn't expect the man behind Sling Blade to turn out a pedestrian album, but Billy Bob Thornton's country debut, Private Radio, turns out to be surprising both for its risks and for its routine. To his credit, Thornton, with Marty Stuart producing, bypasses radio formula for a different kind of connection with his listener, veering from lengthy spoken verse to retro hillbilly deluxe. But does the listener want to hear what he has to say? In the opening song, "Dark and Mad", Thornton seems to telegraph the brooding danger of his most famous film role. Yet almost immediately he gets lost in ruminations so personal that he almost forgets there's an audience waiting to be involved. Past the kinky charm of "Forever", a bluesy, one-way telephone conversation in which he tells his main squeeze he's wearing the feathered pink panties she left in his car, there's a love song to his wife that's 180 degrees from passion, a revamp of Roger McGuinn's salute to John F Kennedy and a nine-and-a-half-minute piece of theatrical Southern gothic about witnessing a disturbing sexual encounter as a child. It's a weird trip, and totally unfocused, as if he just recorded whatever came into his head. But there's no denying Thornton's out-there charisma or the croaky appeal of his Arkansas twang. --Alanna Nash

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
30 Odd Foot of Grunts!
Although nothing can compare to seeing this man perform live, this will be the next best thing. Billy Bob wears his heart on his sleeve through his music and you will soon be forgetting the man has anything to do with Hollywood.
The music consists of what Billy calls, 'Southern Hippy' and has influences from country, blues and rock. But forget Billy Ray Cyrus or Dolly Parton! This album has a modern and groovy touch. Most of the songs have an orignial flavour, with emotion, humour, love and passion all in the mix.
Best track: Starlight Lounge is a rich, beautiful song, and Smoking is Bed is great.
Worst Track: Hard to say when you like the album so much and the tracks are all different.
It may not be the most fashionable type of music, but forget your cred and chill your boots, this will be an album you won't even consider returning to the shop and you may even keep your eyes out for his next release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Goodman on 12 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a superb album. With a range of styles from Steve Earle to Willie Nelson from Neil Young to Bob Dylan. There are differing styles here bit the complete package is very good.
Thornton uses his voice well to cover differing moods from deep spoken southern drawl ( dark and mad ) to a softer romantic sound ( Angelina, your blue shadow ) to hillbilly ( smoking in bed, walk of shame ).
The sound is ostensibly country but with a number of different twists and Marty stewarts guitar is superb throughout. If you are a fan of Steve Earle or Neil Young then this album is for you. If not it still may be anyway !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Saunders on 16 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Sure, sure most actors who turn their hand to music produce awful albums - think Russell Crowe, Bruce Willis or Keanu Reeves. Funny that when musicians make movies, critics are more welcoming! Anyway, Billy Bob is the real deal - this is a great album that you'll listen to time and time again. A real surprise. Recommended.
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By Dazeie V. on 31 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Amazing. Beautiful. Wonderful. I just love Billy Bob, his talents are endless!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Pleasantly intrigued... 26 Sept. 2001
By Adam Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this release, but after previewing the songs on this site I wanted to give it a shot. I honestly didn't expect much... I, like many, wrote off Billy Bob Thornton as another "actor wannabe musician" type and wasn't expecting a solidly enjoyable CD. That is exactly how I would describe this album. From the Rockabilly stylings of "Smoking In Bed" to the radio-friendly "Angelina" to BBT's "Beauty At The Backdoor" ramblings, this is a fabulous collection of personal (and professional) works. Each track is distinctive and evokes a separate emotion from the last... The solemn "He Was A Friend Of Mine" leads into the title track, which features some beautiful fretwork (as do most songs) by Marty Stuart. It is as appealing as it is offbeat - just like the movies Mr. Thornton tends to appear in. Personally, I feel like the vocals/songs lie between Bruce Robison and Johnny Cash. If you enjoy either of those artists and/or this one, definitely check out "Cheating At Solitaire" and "Under The Influences" by Mike Ness. Mike Ness is the frontman of Social Distortion (punk/rockabilly-influenced) and the sound on his solo albums are reminiscent of this genre. *This* CD just falls short of 5 stars because I just am not enchanted by a near 10 minute monologue (even if it is an exceptionally well-told story that draws you in)being added amidst the other tracks. It would be a travesty to exclude it altogether, but I would've have been more please if it were the last track or "hidden." I feel it disrupts the flow of the album. In any case, definitely check this CD out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Billy Bob's Magical Mystery Tour-- Great Country Blues 26 Mar. 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Country music legend has it that songwriter Steve Goodman once claimed to have written the perfect country song, "You Never Even Called Me By My Name". He took it to his friend David Allan Coe, but Coe objected because the song had nothing about trains, trucks, being in jail, or Mama. The songwriter added a verse with all four, and the rest is country music history.
Billy Bob Thornton's "Private Radio" covers all these requisite topics and more-- but from an alternative perspective. For example: ...*** In Thornton's renditions, jail isn't the county drunk tank; instead, it's the every-day jail created by poverty, tribal knowledge, and childhood traumas that are hard to shake. ("Private Radio", "Beauty at the Back Door", "Your Blue Shadow")
*** Mama and trains make it onto the album too, but this time Mama hears the train in the distance but never makes it out of the holler to see it. ("Over That Mountain")
Perhaps the weakest link on this album is Thornton's acknowledgment/homage to his wife, Angelina Jolie. ("Angelina") It's not that the song is particularly weak; the lyrics are unique and sweet without being sugary. However, this tune has a subtle "pop" flavor that doesn't quite fit the rest of the album, even though Randy Scruggs plays guitar and bass for the track. It's a likeable tune though, and after a few listens, you'll find yourself humming the chorus at odd moments.
The final cut is a cover of Hank Williams' "Lost Highway", an homage perfect in every detail, right down to the steel guitar used for Williams' original version, played once again in this recording by the legendary Don Helms
With this album, Billy Bob Thornton shares a bit of his experiences, both those growing up in Arkansas and those he has out in the rest of the world when he's no longer strictly a country boy. In particular, these later experiences are common to all, whether we're former country folk or not. From the one night stand to the blue shadows we carry of those in our past, there is something here that will resonate for everyone.
Marty Stuart both produced this album and played guitar, mandolin, and/or bass for a number of tracks. His liner notes are particularly interesting and help to place the album in the context of its intent.
If you buy CDs to function as musical wallpaper-- background music about which you don't have to think too hard-- this is not the album for you. If all your country CDs are hat acts or pop crossovers, this is definitely not the album for you.
But if you like to mine for the subtext beneath your twang, you won't be disappointed in this CD. Steve Earle, Steve Goodman, and Jerry Jeff Walker fans would probably also like the alternative/progressive kind of country-blues music that Thornton (with the help of Marty Stuart) has put on this album.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Much better than you'd think--great in its own way 27 Sept. 2001
By C. Ryan Mifflin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
i host an "alternative country" radio show. THIS is definitely alternative country. while some of the tracks leave a bit to be desired, and some are just plain wierd, that somehow adds to the odd charm of this record. i absolutely love it. billy bob doesn't have the greatest voice in the world, but he uses what he has perfectly. and when he just simply sings, he does just fine. "that mountain" is an excellent song and ol sling blade harmonizes perfectly with marty stuart (another testament to the record...marty wouldn't record with just anyone). his nod to hank "lost highway" is excellent as well. i highly recommend this album, but it won't be what you think. give it a chance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Alternative country at its best! 19 Jan. 2002
By DanD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Billy Bob Thornton has proven himself a screen writer, actor, and director. Now he's a songwriter and singer. With this CD, "Private Radio," Thornton voices an entire range of human emotions--from depression to anger to fear to love to lust to humor.
The opening track, "Dark and Mad," is a brooding tale of love gone awry. The following song, "Forever," is somewhat funny, telling of a man "wearing pink panties and under the influence of Merle Haggard." Go figure.
"Angelina" is, of course, about Thornton's wife. "Starlight Lounge" is a "sleazy" duet with Holly Lamar. "Walk of Shame" is a very powerful tune, telling of broken hearts and abusive relationships. "Smoking in Bed" is simply fun--never mind the obvious drug-influence.
"Your Blue Shadow" is haunting, and yet somehow familiar to us all. "That Mountain" is a song about knowing what you want to do and never doing it. "He Was a Friend of Mine" is an oldie about JFK. "Private Radio", the title track, is filled with depression, and the hope that lies at the end of the tunnel. "Beauty at the Back Door" is simply a long story, and yet you get wrapped up in it. Amazing. The final track is a remake of the old tune "Lost Highway."
Billy Bob Thornton proves that he can sing as well as he can act. Try "Private Radio" on YOUR radio--CD/Cassette player, whatever. I promise that you'll love it.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Best CD in my 300+ collection.... 9 May 2002
By Judi Fryer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
And I should have expected nothing less from Billy Bob Thornton.
I rarely review CDs, because as much as I love music, and as eclectic as my tastes run, I just don't feel knowledgeable enough to write on this subject.
I thought however I would be remiss not to add my few comments to the previous reviewers who really know their stuff.
I bought this album because I believe Billy Bob Thornton is the most creative talent in the entertainment industry today. Being a native Kentuckian, I of course then promptly feel in love with the music itself as well. While I am at a loss to describe the genre into which the CD fits, I just have to say it is like everything else BBT does, a unique offering of a variety of entertainment performed in his own unique personal style - offbeat and great.
I have tried to persuade as many friends to listen to this CD as I have to watch 'Sling Blade'. Being just as unsuccessful (which sort of explains why I don't write about music), I finally resorted to purchasing copies for my best friends. So far, they all love it!
My favorite cuts are 'Forever' (unlike other reviewers, I can't imagine anyone else singing it) and 'My Blue Shadow'.
Anyone who is a Billy Bob Thornton fan and anyone who is interested in a wide-variety of musical genres should do themselves a favor and listen to this CD once, or twice. After that you won't be able to stop listening.
There is no question, it grows on you with every enjoyable listening experience.
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