Music from the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Of the musicians who rose to prominence in the 1990s during the alternative country scene's 15 minutes of media prominence, the Jayhawks were at once the band that best exemplified what was satisfying about the new country rock scene, and a group that avoided the twangy clichés that became so large a part of what their less gifted peers were doing. The high lonesome melodies and evocative wordplay of Gary Louris and Mark Olson's fine songs suggested a country influence without forcing the particulars into the arrangements (a mandolin here and a fiddle there was enough), and though Louris' guitar work made it clear he'd listened to a few Neil Young albums, the Jayhawks' ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Of the musicians who rose to prominence in the 1990s during the alternative country scene's 15 minutes of media prominence, the Jayhawks were at once the band that best exemplified what was satisfying about the new country rock scene, and a group that avoided the twangy clichés that became so large a part of what their less gifted peers were doing. The high lonesome melodies and evocative wordplay of Gary Louris and Mark Olson's fine songs suggested a country influence without forcing the particulars into the arrangements (a mandolin here and a fiddle there was enough), and though Louris' guitar work made it clear he'd listened to a few Neil Young albums, the Jayhawks' musical vision made as much room for pure pop and '70s West Coast sounds as rocked-up country. The group's sound became even more eclectic after Olson departed the band in 1996, and over the course of their career, the Jayhawks created a distinctive and powerful body of work that showed clear evolution and fresh thinking on each successive album. In 2008, Louris dropped hints to fans and writers of a "Herculean project" of remastering and expanding the Jayhawks' albums, and Music from the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology is presumably the first salvo in these efforts, a career-spanning compilation that offers highlights from their five albums for American Recordings as well as one track each from their first two independent efforts. This set sounds and feels like a "Jayhawks Greatest Hits" disc, pulling the best-known tunes and likely fan favorites from each album, but given how consistently strong their music was, this isn't a serious flaw, and the chronological sequence of the album plays to the growth and shifts in the group's approach while mimicking the creative arc of their career, encompassing songs as brilliant as "Martin's Song," "I'd Run Away," "The Man Who Loved Life," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," and "Save It for a Rainy Day." If you've never had the pleasure of listening to the Jayhawks, this collection is a marvelous place to start, and fans will be reminded of just how much good music this group made, and how well it has stood the test of time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2009
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886974705628
  • Catalog Number: 747056

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two Angels (4:07)
  2. 2 Ain't No End (3:45)
  3. 3 Waiting for the Sun - Benmont Tench (4:20)
  4. 4 Martin's Song - Benmont Tench (2:58)
  5. 5 Clouds - Benmont Tench (4:51)
  6. 6 Settled Down Like Rain - Benmont Tench (3:01)
  7. 7 Blue (3:11)
  8. 8 I'd Run Away (3:33)
  9. 9 Over My Shoulder (3:39)
  10. 10 Miss Williams' Guitar (3:08)
  11. 11 Trouble (4:50)
  12. 12 Big Star (4:27)
  13. 13 The Man Who Loved Life (5:01)
  14. 14 Smile (3:50)
  15. 15 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (3:42)
  16. 16 What Led Me to This Town (4:10)
  17. 17 Tailspin (3:20)
  18. 18 All the Right Reasons (3:26)
  19. 19 Save It for a Rainy Day (3:10)
  20. 20 Angelyne (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Jayhawks Primary Artist
Matthew Sweet Vocals
Nicky Hopkins Track Performer
Benmont Tench Organ, Track Performer
Bob Ezrin Synthesizer, Percussion, Vocals
Lili Haydn Violin, Viola
Don Heffington Percussion, Drums
Ethan Johns Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar
Kraig Johnson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bernie Leadon Banjo
Gary Louris Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, chamberlain, Fuzz Guitar
Steve McCarthy Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Tim O'Reagan Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Conga, Drums, Vocals
Mark Olson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Marc Perlman Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Tammy Rogers Violin
Patrick Seymour Synthesizer
Charlie Drayton Drums
Karen Grotberg Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Dan Gaarder Guitar
Tammy Rodgers Violin
Thad Spencer Drums
Jessy Greene Violin, Viola
Chris Stills Vocals
Pauli Ryan Percussion
Armadillo String Quartet Strings
Richard Causon Piano, Accordion
Thad Spencer Drums
Dan Gaarder Guitar
Technical Credits
The Jayhawks Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Ed Ackerson Programming, Engineer
Paul Buckmaster Arranger, String Arrangements
Greg Calbi Mastering
George Drakoulias Producer, Audio Production
Bob Ezrin Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Dale Goulette Engineer
Jay Healy Engineer
Tom Herbers Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Brian Jenkins Engineer
Ethan Johns Audio Production
Gary Louris Composer
Clif Norrell Engineer
Brendan O'Brien Engineer
Tim O'Reagan Composer
Mark Olson Composer
Brian Paulson Producer, Audio Production
Marc Perlman Composer
Taylor Rhodes Composer
Jim Rondinelli Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Rick Rubin Executive Producer
Karen Grotberg Composer
Jeff Bjork Engineer
David Gorman Art Direction
Joseph Bishara Programming
Jonathan Sacks Arranger, Orchestration, String Arrangements
Richard Werbowenko Programming
Steven Cohen Tray Photo
Ev Wollcott Programming
Ev Wollcott Programming
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