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Anthology [Original recording remastered]

John HiattAudio CD
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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
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Product Description

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!

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

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Overview of Hiatt's changing style 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give us the box set...... July 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good and quite thorough overview of John Hiatt's career, and it certainly gets the nod over "Greatest Hits: The A&M Years '87-'94" and Capitol's "The Best Of John Hiatt", as it is much more comprehensive, featuring some forty songs as opposed to less than twenty on the other two major compilations.
And the third John Hiatt best-of, "Living A Little, Laughing A Little", which focuses on his lesser-known tracks, only includes tracks recorded before 1986.

It is not perfect...very few anthologies are, actually. And "Anthology" misses out on a handful of Hiatt's best songs: The groovy, soulful R&B of "Don't Know Much About Love" isn't here, and neither is the excellent roots-rocker "You May Already Be A Winner", or the sorrowful ballads "Love In Flames" or "Tip Of My Tongue".

But what IS here then? Well, precious few clunkers, that's for sure. John Hiatt is one of the most underrated American composers and lyricists. He draws from both blues, folk, soul, country and R&B, creating a unique, rootsy rock n' roll sound, and these two 78-minute discs are filled with songs ranging from good to great:

Here you'll find the beautiful duet with Roseanne Cash, "The Way We Make A Broken Heart", the poetic and exquisitely melodic "Buffalo River Home" (one of Hiatt's best ever), the wry "Perfectly Good Guitar", the bluesy "Thank You Girl" and "Riding With The King", the superb melodic roots-rocker "She Loves The Jerk", the acoustic ballad "Lipstick Sunset", the tough, straight-ahead rock songs "Child Of The Wild Blue Yonder", "Memphis In The Meantime", "Cry Love" and "Slow Turning", and too many more to mention.

If you're looking for just one comprehensive overview of John Hiatt's 25-year career, I'm afraid you won't find it anywhere (until they give us the box set). But for now, this is the next best thing. And it's pretty darn good, too.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Deep dark truth: he's an album artist! 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like John Hiatt
If you like John Hiatt, get this anthology. It's awesome, awesome music. Makes me laugh, makes me think and sometimes makes my eyes a little damp. Highly recommended!!!
Published 2 months ago by Darryl W. Siegers
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Overview
If you want to just listen to an overview his early and middle stuff, this is the way to go. It's missing a few gems but not enough to make anyone not buy this cd. Read more
Published 10 months ago by michael d.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a deal!
If you love John Hiatt, you will be very happy with this double cd which has many of his best songs and arrangements on it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Anita Obler
4.0 out of 5 stars it's good.
I don't agree with all the picks, but it's an interesting overview. It's like a chocolate sampler. After the anthology, I came back and bought three very tasty CDs. Very enjoyable. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ndez
5.0 out of 5 stars full spectrum
Real nice review of his work to date. From the early taste of his 'pop' period to the more introspective later works. A great samplng of John Hiatt, buy it!
Published on November 16, 2011 by J. Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Super-Fast and easy download! Product Perfect, This Mp3 is amazing! Amazon once more comes through with the best price! I Recommend this music A++++
Published on September 19, 2011 by Vincent Cartier
5.0 out of 5 stars Just discovering Hiatt
I first heard John Hiatt on the HBO series Treme. His song Feels Like Rain blew me away, so I just had to find out more about him. Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by R. Oliva
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This cd is as good as you'd expect. Hiatt has been around forever making great music and writing fantastic songs and this is a great set to add to the collection. Read more
Published on April 24, 2009 by Kathryn M. Kruger
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Hiatt
This Anthology contains a very good list of Hiatt's early work up to the mid 90's. Most of the second cd is on a later Anthology that has some updated versions of some of the same... Read more
Published on April 23, 2009 by J. Elsner
5.0 out of 5 stars Start here - then begin to collect everything Mr. Hiatt's put out.
Until recently, I was aware only that John Hiatt is a song writer who crafted songs covered by others. Read more
Published on July 5, 2007 by Ronald W. Beales
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