The Best of the Hightone Years

The Best of the Hightone Years

by Dave Alvin

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Overview

The Best of the Hightone Years

Dave Alvin's first solo album after leaving the Blasters was recorded for Epic Records, but though Romeo's Escape (aka Every Night About This Time) was a fine record, it wasn't until Alvin began recording for the independent Hightone label that he really found his feet as a recording artist. Romeo's Escape leaned towards the swaggering roots rock sound of the Blasters with a tough, lean approach, but from Blue Blvd onward, Alvin's songwriting began to more clearly reflect his appetite for rock, blues, country, folk, and a wealth of other American musical styles. While Alvin has never forsaken his rock & roll roots, he's cut a handful of excellent acoustic albums which show he can dial down his amp and still make his message heard, and sometimes with even greater clarity. Now that Shout Factory has bought the rights to the Hightone back catalog, they've assembled The Best of the Hightone Years, an 18-song collection which is a fine and admirably comprehensive overview of Alvin's work for the label. Not all of Alvin's albums for Hightone are represented here -- the live discs Interstate City and Out in California don't make the cut -- but there are selections from all his studio sets for Hightone along with three unreleased studio tracks, one previously unheard live number, and a duet between Alvin and Katy Moffatt from her album Loose Diamond (which Alvin produced). Songs like "Haley's Comet" and "Museum of Heart" show off Alvin's gifts as a rocker, and "King of California," "Fourth of July," and "Dry River" are sterling examples of his talent for telling a story in a more intimate setting. Alvin helped compile this disc and penned a fine liner essay, and while one CD is hardly enough to encompass the full musical vision of this gifted songwriter and troubadour, The Best of the Hightone Years at least offers a concise and full-bodied thumbnail sketch of his talents.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663110043
catalogNumber: 11004
Rank: 49554

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Alvin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dwight Yoakam   Background Vocals
Katy Moffatt   Vocals
Joe Terry   Keyboards
James Cruce   Drums
Skip Edwards   Organ
Don Falzone   Bass,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Bob Glaub   Bass,Electric Bass
Don Heffington   Percussion,Drums
Stephen Hodges   Percussion,Conga,Vibes
David Jackson   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Brantley Kearns   Fiddle
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony,Weissenborn,Guitar (Baritone)
Donald Lindley   Drums
David Piltch   Acoustic Bass
Rick Solem   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve VanGelder   Fiddle
John "Juke" Logan   Harmonica
Alan Deremo   Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Soloist
Rick Shea   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dillon O'Brian   Accordion,Harmonium
Bobby Lloyd Hicks   Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums,Cardboard Box,Vocal Harmony
Michael Lee   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lee Allen Orchestra   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Katy Moffatt   Arranger
Tom Russell   Composer
Dave Alvin   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bruce Bromberg   Producer,Liner Notes
Paul DuGre   Engineer
Greg Leisz   Producer
Mark Linett   Engineer,Remixing
Chris Silagyi   Producer
Beth Herzhaft   Cover Photo
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Jeff Palo   Producer
Karrie Stouffer   Artwork

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