In December 1997, the Gin Blossoms announced their breakup, and the lines of communication were severed so severely that the band didn't realize their former label was assembling a hits collection, Outside Looking In: The Best Of. The album may not have been compiled with the complete authorization of the band, but that doesn't mean it isn't good or useful. Aside from the live version of "Whitewash," a sap to collectors, this is a tight distillation of the band's two A&M albums, noteworthy for the first album appearance of "Til I Hear It From You." Some might think that a compilation of two albums is stretching the definition of compilation a little bit too much, but that's really just a reflection of the industry in the '90s -- two albums and one non-LP single was the end result of a decade's worth of work. Ultimately, Outside Looking In is a good listen, from the hits to the album tracks, and it confirms that the Gin Blossoms were one of the first bands to really carve out the sound later known as adult alternative pop
Performance CreditsGin Blossoms Primary Artist
Art Neville Hammond Organ
Robert Becker Piano
C.J. Chenier Accordion
Doug Hopkins Guitar
Phillip Rhodes Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Jesse Valenzuela Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Vocals
Bill Leen Bass,Background Vocals
Robin Wilson Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Scott A. Johnson Guitar,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsGin Blossoms Producer
Erik Flettrich Engineer
John Hampton Producer,Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Mike Ragogna Liner Notes
Barry Korkin Master Research
Andy Barrett Engineer
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Outside Looking In: The Best of the Gin Blossoms based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
My CD got scratch so I am ordering another one because I need it for my CD player for the backyard and so I can put the songs on my IPod. I love every song on this album but if I had to pick one that was my favorite I would go with Hey Jealousy. It gets me every time. No matter where I am...when I here it I just start smiling and want to start singing out loud. I love the Gin Blossoms' lyrics...their music...their style. I played this CD so often that my three kids ages 18 and my 17 year old twins love the Gin Blossoms as well. A must have to any CD collection!
i have 4 copies of this album 1 for each cd player i started listening to these guys in the summer of 97,and ten years later ,i still get chills..i saw these guys in maine and again in florida at the house of blues last year they only sounded better.
After seeing them in concert, I have fallen love with their music. It's happy, upbeat and makes you just wanna get up and dance.
This is the best CD. I love it. I have every one of the Gin Blossom's CD's Buy them all, they are great!