Best of Hootie & the Blowfish (1993 Thru 2003)

Best of Hootie & the Blowfish (1993 Thru 2003)

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by Hootie & the Blowfish
     
 

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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"See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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:
06/03/2008
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227992781
catalogNumber:
511002
Rank:
1629

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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 Immerglück   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
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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