Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Tomas Mureika
In the liner notes for Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, Loftus Cuddy guitarist/co-frontman Jim's brother admits that the selection for a hits compilation for a band whose catalog is as massive and filled with possibilities as Blue Rodeo's is a difficult proposition unto itself. That being said, Greatest Hits is exactly what it claims to be: it has the singles, the hits that have made Blue Rodeo the best band in Canada. Try," "Diamond Mine," "Bad Timing," "Till I Am Myself Again," "Lost Together," and "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" are all here, and the list goes on. And for an introduction to the band, Greatest Hits is a great summation of their first 15 years of work. What Greatest Hits is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tomas Mureika
In the liner notes for Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, Loftus Cuddy guitarist/co-frontman Jim's brother admits that the selection for a hits compilation for a band whose catalog is as massive and filled with possibilities as Blue Rodeo's is a difficult proposition unto itself. That being said, Greatest Hits is exactly what it claims to be: it has the singles, the hits that have made Blue Rodeo the best band in Canada. Try," "Diamond Mine," "Bad Timing," "Till I Am Myself Again," "Lost Together," and "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" are all here, and the list goes on. And for an introduction to the band, Greatest Hits is a great summation of their first 15 years of work. What Greatest Hits is not, unfortunately, is the best of Blue Rodeo. Albums like Nowhere to Here and Tremolo are given shockingly short shrift, given they are part of BR's creative peak forming a jaw-dropping trilogy with Five Days in July. The Days in Between is left out altogether and there are even some notable absences among the singles "Rebel," "Rain Down on Me". There are two new tracks -- a raucous Greg Keelor cover of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" which has become a concert staple and a redo of Cuddy's "After the Rain" originally from Casino. Again, this is a fantastic introduction to the first 15 years of the band that virtually invented alt-country all on its own, and it certainly lives up to its title of Greatest Hits. With any luck, there will soon be another collection released titled "The Best of Blue Rodeo" that will showcase the brave experimentalism and genre-bending mastery that have made this Canadian band the legends they genuinely are.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661323322
  • Catalog Number: 613233
  • Sales rank: 75,617

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 To Love Somebody (5:48)
  2. 2 Rose-Coloured Glasses (4:28)
  3. 3 Try (4:00)
  4. 4 Diamond Mine (8:08)
  5. 5 Til I Am Myself Again (4:00)
  6. 6 Trust Yourself (3:34)
  7. 7 Lost Together (5:14)
  8. 8 5 Days in May (7:10)
  9. 9 Hasn't Hit Me Yet (5:11)
  10. 10 Bad Timing (5:03)
  11. 11 Dark Angel (5:18)
  12. 12 Side of the Road (6:05)
  13. 13 It Could Happen to You (4:35)
  14. 14 After the Rain (6:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blue Rodeo Primary Artist
Sarah McLachlan Piano, Vocals
Cleave Anderson Drums, Group Member
Adele Armin Violin
Richard Armin Cello
Jim Cuddy Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Kim Deschamps Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Pedals, Group Member
Stephen Donald Trombone
Bazil Donovan Bass, Group Member
Ian Guenther Violin
Greg Keelor Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Glenn Milchem Drums, Group Member
Wendy Rose Violin
Bob Wiseman Keyboards, Group Member
James Gray Keyboards
Mark French Drums, Group Member
Richard Underhill Saxophone
Janet Madison Cello
Anne Lindsay Violin
Claudio Vena Viola
Bob Egan Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Pedals, Group Member
Ron Mah Violin
Daniel Blackman Viola
Julia Jones Violin
James Gray Keyboards, Group Member
Bryden Baird Trumpet
Winona Zelenka Cello
Chris Gale Baritone Saxophone
Jayne Maddison Violin
Xiao Grabke Violin
Nancy Kershaw Violin
Bev Spotten Viola
Norman Hathaway Violin
Technical Credits
Blue Rodeo Producer, String Arrangements
Pete Anderson Producer
Terry Brown Producer
Malcolm Burn Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Peter Doell Producer
Ken Friesen Engineer
John Whynot Producer
Trina Shoemaker Producer
Ambrose Pottie Art Direction
Rick White Collage, Cover Art
Richard Underhill Horn Arrangements
Anne Lindsay String Arrangements
Loftus Cuddy Liner Notes
Michael Hollett Liner Notes
John Lauener Cover Photo
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  • Posted February 3, 2011

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    Just Another Country Rock Band?

    I agree with the AMG review. A few songs like Diamond Mine and 5 Days in May are very good. Most of them just don't grab me. These guys may be hot stuff north of the border but here they are just another group of wannabes. Perhaps this compilation does not highlight their best work but it is all I have to go on and I am skeptical

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