Anthology

Anthology

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by John Hiatt
     
 

John Hiatt's near-three-decade career has not been marked by hit albums, but rather by many exceedingly good, and some indisputably great, original songs that have found their way into other artists' repertoires, and from there onto the upper reaches of the charts. This well-deserved, intelligently assembled two-CD Anthology puts the spotlight squarely on Hiatt…  See more details below

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John Hiatt's near-three-decade career has not been marked by hit albums, but rather by many exceedingly good, and some indisputably great, original songs that have found their way into other artists' repertoires, and from there onto the upper reaches of the charts. This well-deserved, intelligently assembled two-CD Anthology puts the spotlight squarely on Hiatt's own work, and only deepens the mystery as to why his rootsy blend of rock, blues, folk, and country hasn't struck a deeper chord with the record-buying public. Spanning a 26-year period from 1974 to 2000 that found him bounced from label to label, Anthology collects Hiatt's versions of his landmark songs -- wonderful, deeply felt recordings of, among others, "Memphis in the Meantime," "Drive South," the Bonnie Raitt mega-hit "Thing Called Love," "Have a Little Faith in Me," and the exquisite duet with Rosanne Cash, "How We Mend a Broken Heart." Arranged in chronological order, this 40-song tour captures Hiatt's remarkable evolution from punkish rock 'n' roll (his early brash songs bear a striking similarity to Elvis Costello's, lyrically and vocally) to blues-rock to country and combinations thereof. As a lyricist Hiatt is by turns wry, sarcastic, idealistic, cynical, big-hearted, and even at times incurably romantic; and when he puts those sentiments to artfully crafted melodies, his work stands tall, a world unto itself -- vivid, picturesque, and singularly distinctive and American.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
As of its 2001 release, there are at least three other single-disc compilations of John Hiatt's prolific career available, but none truly does justice to his immense body of work. Until now. This intelligently collected, sequenced, and annotated double pack delivers 40 tracks covering 15 of Haitt's albums from his inauspicious yet refreshingly naive debut (1974's Hangin' Around the Observatory) to 2000's all-acoustic Crossing Muddy Waters, a return of sorts to his rural roots. Fans may quibble with the song selection, lack of previously unreleased material, and the inclusion of only one rarity ("Spyboy," his Jack Nitzsche-produced contribution to the obscure Cruising soundtrack), but this is as close to a perfect summation of Hiatt's career through 2001 as one could hope for without expanding to the box set he probably deserves. Hip-O thoughtfully licenses tracks from Sony, Capitol, Reprise (for Little Village's "Don't Think About Her..."), and Vanguard, in addition to including hefty chunks of his defining A&M years as well as the more spotty yet essential MCA and Geffen work. The overall effect is staggering in its stylistic diversity and sheer volume of ruggedly melodic singer/songwriter tunes. Whether it's his vaguely new wave rockers like "Doll Hospital," country weepers such as "The Way We Make a Broken Heart," the twangy pop of "Memphis in the Meantime," heartfelt, emotionally tugging ballads like "Lipstick Sunset" and "Feels Like Rain," or the Stones-y crunch of "Paper Thin," there are precious few clinkers here. Each disc maxes out at 78 minutes, the 16-page book is filled with an informative essay, quotes from the artist, and rare pictures (but surprisingly lacks specific track personnel, a major omission considering Hiatt has worked with a stellar assortment of talented musicians), and the 24-bit remastered sound is crisp, lean, and clean. As of its 2001 release date, the modestly titled Anthology is the definitive portrait of one of America's most talented, respected, and eclectic songwriters.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2001
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0731455613421
catalogNumber:
556134
Rank:
2602

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sure as I'm Sittin' Here
  2. Hangin' Around the Observatory
  3. Down Home
  4. Washable Ink
  5. Slug Line
  6. Radio Girl
  7. Pink Bedroom
  8. It Hasn't Happened Yet
  9. Spy Boy
  10. Doll Hospital
  11. My Edge of the Razor
  12. Riding With the King
  13. She Loves the Jerk
  14. I Don't Even Try
  15. The Love That Harms
  16. The Way We Make a Broken Heart
  17. When We Ran
  18. The Usual
  19. She Said the Same Things to Me
  20. Lipstick Sunset
  21. Thank You Girl
  22. Have a Little Faith in Me

Disc 2

  1. Memphis in the Meantime
  2. Thing Called Love
  3. Tennessee Plates
  4. Slow Turning
  5. Drive South
  6. Feels Like Rain
  7. Paper Thin
  8. Child of the Wild Blue Yonder
  9. Real Fine Love
  10. Perfectly Good Guitar
  11. Buffalo River Home
  12. Angel Eyes
  13. Cry Love
  14. Shredding the Document
  15. Don't Think About Her When You Are Trying to Drive
  16. Pirate Radio
  17. Crossing Muddy Waters
  18. Take It Down

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Hiatt   Primary Artist
Rosanne Cash   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Hiatt   Composer,Producer
Ron Nagle   Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Producer
Denny Bruce   Producer
John Chelew   Producer
Davey Faragher   Producer
Glyn Johns   Producer
Nick Lowe   Producer
Scott Mathews   Producer
Mike Porter   Composer
Norbert Putnam   Producer
Don Smith   Producer
Glen Spreen   Producer
Tony Visconti   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Executive Producer
Mark Seliger   Cover Photo
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes

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Anthology 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JohnDMusicluver More than 1 year ago
As with any anthology, greatest hits, or collection, you will get plenty of good music from the artist and a few of those-Boy, I wish these songs had been included. For someone not familiar with John Hiatt, I would recommend this as an introduction, though you may hear some songs that are familiar because they've be covered by artists such as Bonnie Raitt and B.B. King and Eric Clapton. I would also recommend that from the favorites that you hear on this, find the album they came from and listen to that. You won't go wrong. John Hiatt is a great songwriter and has a variety of veins from which to choose. His songs from an individual album tend to fall into place where that if you like one, you'll probably like all, even though they are different from one another. As an owner of multiple Hiatt albums, I purchased this as a gift, one that keeps on giving!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago