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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 -- ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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: 8/7/2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731455613421
  • Catalog Number: 556134
  • Sales rank: 18,467

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
Erick Labson Mastering
Mark Seliger Cover Photo
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good collection of Hiatt

    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!

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