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T-Bone Burnett: Truth Decay [Takoma, 1980]
Having put the omega on smarmy Alpha Bandmate Steve Soles (who does show up in the credits, but not--unlike the ever-adroit David Mansfield--as a band member), Burnett produces the best Christian record of 1980 for John Fahey's Buddhist blues label. Of course, you could also call it the best rockabilly record of 1980--something has happened to rockabilly since Sam Phillips talked Jerry Lee into defaming the Pentecost. And since Burnett is equally comfortable with the (divine) "power of love" and a (fleshly) "love that's hot," maybe something's happened to Christianity, too. A-