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This ultimate John Hiatt anthology covers every phase of his career, from his early Epic LPs to his MCA, Geffen, A&M, Capitol and Vanguard recordings; here are his original versions of Thing Called Love; Riding with the King; Drive South , and more; trademark classics like Have a Little Faith in Me and Memphis in the Meantime ; rare outtakes and live tracks, and more. 40 tracks on 2 CDs!

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To paraphrase a musical icon, John Hiatt has been a poet, a pauper, and a pawn. He also wrote "Riding with the King." What he hasn't been is a household name. That's a shame, because Hiatt has forged one of the most consistently satisfying canons of any contemporary American singer-songwriter. This double-disc, 40-song anthology charts Hiatt's sometimes stormy, always compelling course across more than a half-dozen record labels and nearly as many styles. Beginning with his early days as a Nashville hired gun (including "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here," a song Three Dog Night took to the top 20), this collection's first disc documents Hiatt's restless early career, which bounded off early Dylan (who covered the songwriter's "The Usual") and Stones influences, through nascent L.A. punk, and on to healthy Elvis obsessions (both Presley and Costello); indeed, songs like "My Edge of the Razor" and "She Loves the Jerk" sound like Costello outtakes. The second chapter chronicles Hiatt boiling off his rich, disparate influences in the mid-'80s to find his own true voice--and again forging successes for others with songs, like his sly original version of Bonnie Raitt's comeback hit, "Thing Called Love." By the collection's final tracks ("Take It Down" and "Crossing Muddy Waters," from the 2000 album named after the latter), Hiatt had come full circle, again embracing his country-blues roots, but in a stripped-down acoustic setting that only underscored his gifts of observation and musical storytelling. --Jerry McCulley

Disc: 1
1. Sure As I'm Sittin' Here
2. Hangin' Around The Observatory
3. Down Home
4. Washable Ink
5. Slug Line
6. Radio Girl
7. Pink Bedroom
8. It Hasn't Happened Yet
9. Spy Boy
10. Doll Hospital
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Memphis In The Meantime
2. Thing Called Love
3. Tennessee Plates
4. Slow Turning
5. Drive South
6. Feels Like Rain
7. Paper Thin
8. Child Of The Wild Blue Yonder
9. Real Fine Love
10. Perfectly Good Guitar
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005N8TI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Forty years into his recording career, John Hiatt has chosen to title his 22nd studio album, Terms of My Surrender. Surrender? Is that as in Cheap Trick? Or Appomattox? Hiatt laughs, tentatively, at the choice.

“It’s my Appomattox,” he says, wryly. “Really I don’t know where it came from, that idea of trying to arrange the terms of my surrender. I ... Read more in Amazon's John Hiatt Store

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I love John Hiatt's music.
Michael John Kennedy
This collection is jaw-dropping in scope - from early Nashville days, to much more contemporary writing and performing.
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This is a UNI/Hip-O product using 96k/24-Bit Mastering and the sound quality is FANTASTIC!!!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By james2774 on May 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm getting a bit annoyed after reading some rather negative or complaining reviews about this wonderful 2cd set. This is as good a John Hiatt compilation ANYONE is ever going to put together, period.
Really good value for your money with 40 crisp remastered tracks and interesting booklet, I can't see how this could be bettered, in terms of song selecion also. I also bought the compilation cd "The best of John Hiatt" and that was a rather dissapointing affair, because John re-recorded some versions of superior original songs like the classic "Have a little faith in me",
also other compilations are too limited in scope (A&M years only etc.). So I'm glad I came across this great compilation. CD2 plays just perfectly, great great music. CD1 is a little more uneven but there are still plenty of highlights like Riding with the King and Lipstick Sunset.
People complaining that there not getting a box set with rarities, outtakes, live versions, demos, etc. ARE TOTALLY MISSING THE POINT OF THIS COMPILATION I'M AFRAID. That is not the meaning of this collection. The goal here is to present a complete overview of Hiatt's carreer, the best songs in their
original versions. Comparable to Chuck Berry's "The Anthology",
Paul McCartney's "Wingspan", Pink Floyd's "Echoes" and BB Kings "Anthology". And as such it is perfect. Box sets: great but not for the casual listener. If you are already a big fan and have all of the original Hiatt albums you can pass this one
up but for the curious music fan this is the one and only compilation of Hiatt's best work up from 1974 until 2000.
I wonder sometimes: artists like Hiatt, Willy Deville, Nick cave, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa etc.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Hip-O finally learned their lesson. After putting out a couple of collections without any of the input of the artist involved, they contacted John Hiatt and asked him what he thought. Overall, he was quite pleased. I have to say so am I. This isn't the definitive collection (we're still waiting for that) with the rarities, one off tracks and outtakes fans are waiting for. It is, however, quite an improvement on the previous two Greatest Hits collections.
The sound quality is very good as are the graphics and booklet. The selections dig deeper than the usual list of singles and songs that received heavy radio play. For the new fan who wants a summary of Hiatt's career this is it. Does it skimp on the extras? Yes but I'm happy that somebody thought enough of Hiatt to finally put many of his best songs in a box set (albeit too short)format.
It would be a wonderful world indeed if Hiatt (and other underappreciated performers) would get the 4 disc set his music really deserves. In an imperfect world this collection manages to redress some of that oversight.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Blippo Blackset on August 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
John Hiatt's catalog has been put through the repackaging machine several times over the years, with some strange results... witness the not-quite-hits collection "Ones That Got Away", or the puzzling "Best of John Hiatt" (released on a label he'd only done one album for). This anthology tries to put things right by covering the whole shebang, but the reality is, Hiatt's work from the late 70's and early 80's is stylistically quite different from his better known, more recent work, and with the exception of Side Two of "Riding With the King", most of it doesn't measure up. So what's to be done? Well, you could start with 1987's "Bring the Family" and work your way forward, since everything he's done since then has been pretty terrific (except maybe "Little Head"). Or, if you really just want two killer discs, I would personally suggest the A&M Greatest Hits set and "Walk On".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Damm on September 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This set is only a little more expensive than the single-disc best of's available, and less confusing. Personally, I own all the albums since and including "Riding With The King" and I bought this set mainly to have a good, convenient collection to listen to at work and also to support John's career. It features new reamstering which makes the earlier stuff sound terrific.
They really did try to presnt a career overview, but the problem is, the first half or so of the first disc is pretty, well, bad. There. I said it. I'm a great fan of Hiatt's, but really, some of the early stuff sound like a second-rate Elvis Costello or even Huey Lewis. Side two of "Riding With the King" was the big change over to the leaner, more oragnic sound of today's Hiatt, so the tracks from that disc begin the march toward greatness. The song selection is pretty hard to fault, but you could pull practically any song off his post "bring the family" LPs and turn up a winner. I would have like more tracks from "Walk" on", and I didn't see the need to include anything from "Muddy Waters" because it only came out last year, but all in all, it's a good collection. It will definitely make newcomers want more Hiatt CDs, and you can rest assured that any album from "Bring The Family" through "Walk on" has plenty of songs easily as good as those represented on this set.
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