The Best of John Hiatt [Capitol]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Hiatt finally achieved some sort of fame in 1987, when his comeback album Bring the Family sparked a career renaissance. For the next decade, his albums sold well and his songs were continually covered by other artists, all of which earned him acclaim as one of the finest songwriters of his era. Despite its title, The Best of John Hiatt 1973-1998 is a chronicle of those successful ten years. Only two songs -- "Riding With the King" and "Take Off Your Uniform" -- date from before 1987, which means that the collection effectively sidesteps Hiatt's years of searching for a style; it chooses to ride with him once he settled on roots rock. Of course, that's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Hiatt finally achieved some sort of fame in 1987, when his comeback album Bring the Family sparked a career renaissance. For the next decade, his albums sold well and his songs were continually covered by other artists, all of which earned him acclaim as one of the finest songwriters of his era. Despite its title, The Best of John Hiatt 1973-1998 is a chronicle of those successful ten years. Only two songs -- "Riding With the King" and "Take Off Your Uniform" -- date from before 1987, which means that the collection effectively sidesteps Hiatt's years of searching for a style; it chooses to ride with him once he settled on roots rock. Of course, that's where he did the bulk of his best work, and The Best Of does offer a good overview of his prime period. Since much of his best work was recorded for labels other than Capitol, the label releasing The Best Of, Hiatt entered the studio to record two new songs "Love in Flames," "Don't Know Much About Love" and cut his first version of "Angel Eyes," the song he gave to Jeff Healey, who turned it into a hit in 1989. He also re-recorded "Have a Little Faith in Me" and "Drive South," two of his best songs from the late '80s. Although these new versions are OK, they don't compare with the originals and only hammer home the fact that this is merely an acceptable compilation, instead of the perfect one that it could have been. Nevertheless, it's a good sampler for the curious, and the hardcore fan will not be disappointed with the new material, even if they're frustrated that they have to purchase a whole new album to acquire it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/1998
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724385917929
  • Catalog Number: 59179
  • Sales rank: 11,079

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Hiatt Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals
Rosanne Cash Vocals, Track Performer
Russ Taff Background Vocals
Paul Carrack Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland Background Vocals
Ry Cooder Electric Guitar
Mike Finnigan Background Vocals
Ian McLagan Organ, Wurlitzer
Jim Keltner Drums
Todd Cochran Organ
Glen Ballard Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Martin Belmont Guitar
Benmont Tench Organ
Lenny Castro Tambourine, Shaker
Pat Donaldson Bass
Davey Faragher Bass, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Veyler Hildebrand Bass
David Immergl├╝ck Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Bobby Irwin Drums
Ethan Johns Guitar, Drums, Rhythm Guitar
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Dennis Locorriere Background Vocals
Nick Lowe Bass, Electric Bass, Background Vocals
Shaun Mariani Background Vocals
Scott Mathews Drums, Vocals, Vibes, 6-string bass
Jean McClain Background Vocals
Brian McCloud Drums
Ravi Oli Electric Sitar
Jon Paris Bass Guitar
John Pierce Bass
David Ranson fender rhodes
The Studio Sausages Background Vocals
Michael Urbano Percussion, Drums
Matt Wallace Guitar
Michael Ward Guitar
Mervyn Warren Choir Master
Paul "Wix" Wickens Synthesizer
B.J. Wilson Drums
Doug Yankus Guitar
Shannon McNally Background Vocals
Gary Ferguson Drums, Shaker
Brian Macleod Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
John Hiatt Producer
Glen Ballard Programming, rhythm arrangement
John Chelew Producer
Davey Faragher Producer, Loop
Glyn Johns Producer, Engineer
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Neill King Engineer
Nick Lowe Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Scott Mathews Producer, Engineer
Michael Musmanno Engineer
Tony Phillips Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig Engineer
John Philip Shenale Contributor, Loop
Matt Wallace Producer
Mervyn Warren Choir Arrangement
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Don C. Tyler Digital Editing
Jeffery Fey Art Direction
Shad T. Scott Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent selections of Hiatts best

    A must for serious fans

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