The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish (1993 Thru 2003)

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
To mark the tenth anniversary of their mainstream crossover, Southern pop juggernaut Hootie & the Blowfish have paused to take a look back -- and, at the same time, give fans a glimpse of what might lie ahead. This 17-song collection culls all the best-known material from Darius Rucker and company, from the warm, burnished "Hold My Hand" to the engagingly upbeat "Only Wanna Be with You." The band initially earned their stripes by blanketing the party circuit below the Mason-Dixon Line, which translates into playing several sets per night -- thus necessitating a wide-ranging fluency in cover material. That's evident here in the appropriately stomping take on Led ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
To mark the tenth anniversary of their mainstream crossover, Southern pop juggernaut Hootie & the Blowfish have paused to take a look back -- and, at the same time, give fans a glimpse of what might lie ahead. This 17-song collection culls all the best-known material from Darius Rucker and company, from the warm, burnished "Hold My Hand" to the engagingly upbeat "Only Wanna Be with You." The band initially earned their stripes by blanketing the party circuit below the Mason-Dixon Line, which translates into playing several sets per night -- thus necessitating a wide-ranging fluency in cover material. That's evident here in the appropriately stomping take on Led Zeppelin's "Hey Hey What Can I Do," as well as a slow-burn take on Bill Withers's "Use Me" that makes the most of Rucker's mellifluous baritone. The disc closes with the band's most recent studio foray, a breezy remake of the theme from the classic romantic comedy The Goodbye Girl, which puts a nice capper on the first chapter in the Hootie saga -- and makes listeners eager to turn the page to see what might come next.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hootie & the Blowfish never were cut out to be superstars. They were meant to be the best band at the local bar. They were ordinary guys, and they played ordinary music, the kind that could be heard in any college town on the East Coast or Midwest during the early '90s when the local bar wasn't having grunge night. It was the ordinariness of the music on their 1994 debut, Cracked Rear View, that connected with millions of American listeners -- they sounded like everybody's favorite local band. Once they were superstars, their bubble burst fairly quickly as the 1996 follow-up sold considerably fewer than the debut, and by the end of the decade, they had settled into a reliable routine of turning out modest records and touring steadily, without many people outside of their core fans noticing. Their popularity might have declined, but as the 2004 Atlantic/Rhino compilation The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish 1993 Thru 2003 illustrates, their music changed very little over the course of the decade, nor did the quality of their music decline. The band does what it does very well -- they write straight-ahead big, mid-tempo pop songs and ballads and deliver them without pretense. Perhaps their writing isn't as sharp or hooky as the Gin Blossoms, who mined a similar territory, but there is a charm to their plain-spoken delivery, and it's best heard on this 17-track collection, which contains all the hits -- including such covers as 54-40's "I Go Blind" and Led Zeppelin's "Hey Hey What Can I Do" -- sequenced not chronologically, but as a set list, and it's more entertaining because of it. While the closing cover of "Goodbye Girl" -- the obligatory new track for a hits collection -- doesn't showcase the band at its best, the rest of the album does, and it's as good a Hootie & the Blowfish compilation as could be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227992781
  • Catalog Number: 511002
  • Sales rank: 10,156

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hold My Hand (4:18)
  2. 2 Only Wanna Be With You (3:49)
  3. 3 Time (4:56)
  4. 4 Let Her Cry (5:18)
  5. 5 Not Even the Trees (4:39)
  6. 6 Old Man & Me (When I Get to Heaven) (4:27)
  7. 7 Hey Hey What Can I Do (3:55)
  8. 8 Tucker's Town (3:49)
  9. 9 I Go Blind (3:14)
  10. 10 Sad Caper (2:51)
  11. 11 Be the One (3:27)
  12. 12 Use Me (4:57)
  13. 13 I Will Wait (4:18)
  14. 14 Innocence (3:26)
  15. 15 Space (2:17)
  16. 16 Only Lonely (4:39)
  17. 17 Goodbye Girl (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hootie & the Blowfish Primary Artist
Crosby & Nash Vocals, Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Robert Becker Viola
Mark Bryan Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals, Group Member
Larry Corbett Cello
Susan Cowsill Background Vocals
Joel Derouin Violin
Peter Holsapple Organ, Mandolin, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
David Immergl├╝ck Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
John Nau Piano, Hammond Organ
Timothy Sommer Organ
Patrick Warren chamberlain
Boyd Tinsley Violin
Edwin McCain Vocals
Suzie Katayama Cello
Craig Shields Baritone Saxophone
Darius Rucker Dobro, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Jim Sonefeld Percussion, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals, Loops, Group Member
Dean Felber Bass, Piano, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Group Member
Rachel Purkin Violin
Gary Greene Percussion
Technical Credits
Don Dixon Producer, Engineer
Bob Dylan Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Bill Withers Composer
David Gates Composer
John Paul Jones Composer
Kevin Williamson Executive Producer
John Bonham Composer
Mark Bryan Composer
Francis Buckley Engineer
Ed Cherney Engineer
Davey Crane Executive Producer
Bill Curbishley Executive Producer
Mark Dearnley Remixing
Don Gehman Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Neil Osborne Composer
Spencer Proffer Producer
Bob St. John Engineer
Don Was Producer
David Wild Liner Notes
Mark Williams Producer, Engineer
Jolene Cherry Executive Producer
Doug Trantow Engineer
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Darius Rucker Composer
Jim Sonefeld Composer, Loop
Dean Felber Composer
Peter Masitti Producer
Marta Kauffman Executive Producer
Gregory Sill Producer
Mark Anthony Williams Producer
Masaki Koike Art Direction
Demetrius "Demi Doc" McGhee Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    True Hootie Fans know the difference

    IF you like Hootie and the Blowfish any album they release will be a must for you. Don't listen to the wipes here crying rip off. This is a certain MUST HAVE !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    This CD just tops off the career of the best band form the 90s. A must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jess Lazano - Didn't you read the song list 1st?

    If you read the song list, you'll see several from Cracked Rear View, but you will ALSO see many others on the list NOT from Cracked Rear View. Reading the songlist before buying will help you prevent frustrations next time. They're still an awesome band, with music that hits home!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not fooled by Hootie!

    I had this cd 3 years ago when it was called "Cracked Rear View". This blatant attempt to con me into buying the cd I already own is not amusing. They should have gone with a telethon if they needed money so bad. Maybe they could get their buddy Dan Marino to sing backup, yeah, with Fred Couples playing the tambourine. Oh yeah, Darius Rucker sounds like a total chump on "Let Her Cry." I think I am going to sit back down and have a beer and feel sorry myself and say, Let it Die.

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