Greatest Hits: The A&M Years '87 - '94

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Two months after Capitol's The Best of John Hiatt 1973-1998 hit the stores, A&M released Greatest Hits: The A&M Years '87-'94. It's hard to surmise what weird licensing agreements led to this release pattern, since the similarities will cause confusion even among dedicated fans, but there are notable differences between the two discs. Since Hiatt's albums for A&M in the late '80s were his creative peak, it's not surprising that Greatest Hits, which concentrates his A&M work, is a more consistent album than The Best of John Hiatt, which balances classic A&M cuts with two re-recorded songs, highlights from his two Capitol albums, and two new ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Two months after Capitol's The Best of John Hiatt 1973-1998 hit the stores, A&M released Greatest Hits: The A&M Years '87-'94. It's hard to surmise what weird licensing agreements led to this release pattern, since the similarities will cause confusion even among dedicated fans, but there are notable differences between the two discs. Since Hiatt's albums for A&M in the late '80s were his creative peak, it's not surprising that Greatest Hits, which concentrates his A&M work, is a more consistent album than The Best of John Hiatt, which balances classic A&M cuts with two re-recorded songs, highlights from his two Capitol albums, and two new songs. Aside from the inexplicable omission of "Slow Turning" and one of his best rockers, Greatest Hits contains all the A&M songs that are on The Best of John Hiatt "Thing Called Love," "Memphis in the Meantime," "Child of the Wild Blue Yonder," "Drive South," "Buffalo River Home," "Feels Like Rain," "Perfectly Good Guitar," "Tennessee Plates", plus the original versions of "Drive South" and "Have a Little Faith in Me" only available in butchered remakes on the Capitol disc, a live take of "Angel Eyes," and several fine numbers, such as "Thank You Girl," "Real Fine Love," "Paper Thin," "Lipstick Sunset," and "Through Your Hands." There are some excellent songs from Bring the Family and Slow Turning missing, but Greatest Hits remains the compilation to get for casual fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 731454092920
  • Catalog Number: 540929
  • Sales rank: 3,922

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Hiatt Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Russ Taff Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland Background Vocals
Ry Cooder Guitar, Background Vocals
Mike Henderson Guitar
Mac Gayden Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Sonny Landreth Guitar
Pat Donaldson Bass
Davey Faragher Bass, Background Vocals
Ethan Johns Guitar, Drums
David Kemper Drums
Michael Landau Guitar
Nick Lowe Bass
John Pierce Bass
David Ranson Bass
Michael Urbano Drums
Matt Wallace Guitar
Michael Ward Guitar, Background Vocals
Karen Peris Vocals
Kenneth Blevins Drums
Brian Macleod Drums
Technical Credits
John Hiatt Arranger
John Chelew Producer
Glyn Johns Producer, Engineer
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Clif Norrell Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig Engineer
Matt Wallace Producer
Jeff Dean Liner Notes
Jeffrey Scornavacca Engineer
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