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Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
     

Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

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by Blue Rodeo
 

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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:

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661323322
catalogNumber:
613233

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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
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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Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
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