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Live From Austin Tx [Original recording remastered]

John HiattAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000BD1LJU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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1. Icy Blue Heart
2. Loving A Hurricane
3. When You Hold Me Tight
4. Your Dad Did
5. Straight Outta Time
6. Memphis In The Meantime
7. Something Wild
8. Have A Little Faith In Me
9. Buffalo River Home
10. Thing Called Love
11. Angel
12. Tennessee Plates
13. Slow Turning
14. Perfectly Good Guitar

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Live performance transforms the edgy, soulful songwriting of John Hiatt into full-blown psychodrama, as this 1993 performance on the venerable Austin City Limits series attests. For the tour in the wake of his hit "Perfectly Good Guitar," Hiatt recruited a younger, alt-rock trio--guitarist Michael Ward from School of Fish and the rhythm section from Cracker--instead of the rootsier bands with blues and country roots he typically favors. The results have a pedal-to-the-metal urgency to them, as highlights such as "Your Dad Did," "Tennessee Plates," and "Slow Turning" leave the studio recordings of those songs in the dust. Few songwriters have seen their material covered by a range of artists from Bonnie Raitt ("Thing Called Love") to Iggy Pop ("Something Wild"), yet Hiatt's signature intensity reclaims such songs as his own. For all the firepower that the brand brings, the stripped-down renditions of "Icy Blue Heart" and "Have a Little Faith in Me" distill his artistry to its bare-bones essence. --Don McLeese

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Available for the first time, John Hiatt's outstanding 1993 performance on the Austin City Limits TV show. This CD contains songs that weren't included in the original TV broadcast. A must have CD for all John Hiatt fans! Highlights include 'Icy Blue Heart', 'Loving A Hurricane', and 'When You Hold Me Tight'. New West. 2005.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't he a superstar? February 24, 2006
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OK, I have been a fan of John Hiatt now for about 20 years, ever since I read a review in "Rolling Stone" that said his album "Slow Turning" was likely to be the best album that no one would hear. I have seen him 6 times, from full band to solo acoustic efforts, and I will never give a bad review to any of his releases. He is truly one the all time greatest song writers in the rock n roll era.

That being said, let me give you my (biased)review. From the opening notes of "Icy Blue Heart" to the last reverberation of "Perfectly Good Guitar" I had a smile on my face. He is in great voice, clearly having fun with the audience and totally engaged. The song selection runs very heavily towards the new release at the time "Perfectly Good Guitar" which was an extremely strong overall release. Also, hearing some of the songs from "Slow Turning" (especially the title track) is always a treat. Heck, all the songs were strong, there really was no weak one. The energy level is incredible; his rootsy influences combined with the rock and jam sensibilities of his back up band make for an absolutely breathtaking ride through this song collection.

The only quibble I have with this album is the tone of lead guitarist Michael Ward. After hearing the albums and seeing him live with guitarists like Ry Cooder and Sonny Landreath, I expected more. The sound of michael's guitar was a little weak; the playing was excellent, it was just the tone that was a little off to me. As I said, though, that is a minor quibble. I loved this disc.

Support this man, buy his catalogue, see him live whenever you can. Honest, intelligent writers and singers seem to be an endangered species today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures Hiatt in peak form December 19, 2005
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I've seen John Hiatt a number of times over the years from the intimate (at McCabe's in L.A. for "Bring the Family" just John and guitar/piano)to larger venues and still think that this appearence on "Austin City Limits" catches Hiatt and his band in exceptional form. Hiatt burns through a number of classic songs in this fine set. Goofy dancing? Hey you know what I could care less he's been doing his goofy dancing since I can remember and personally I kind of find it, well, endearing. Here's a guy who's not afraid of what he looks like when he's dancing. It's the music that matters.

A Hiatt tour is also only as good as the new material he's promoting since he plays a fair amount of it on each tour. Luckily the album "Perfectly Good Guitar" was an exceptional album for Hiatt with most the material ranking with his best. Featuring members of Cracker and School of Fish the band brings a nice vitality and freshness to these tracks. They don't sound the same as when Hiatt played some of them with any of his supporting bands and that's actually good--it keeps the material fresh and interesting allowing Hiatt to reinvent it even though he's basically playing the same material with roughly the same arrangements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic show on CD or DVD December 5, 2013
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John Hiatt gives us a barn-burning concert from the first note to the last: fiery, funny, and flat-out fun. His young band, The Guilty Dogs, matches his energy and virtuosity, especially Michael Ward on guitar, but the endlessly expressive Hiatt is the unquestioned center of this 1993 show. He's completely switched on, whispering, growling, and howling, playing and singing some of his best songs in a brilliant blend of styles, including folk, country, rock, and funk.

Hiatt is well-known for being a songwriter's songwriter, but his delivery puts the seal on the deal. His versions of "Loving a Hurricane," "When You Hold Me Tight," "Memphis In the Meantime," "Something Wild," "Buffalo River Home," "Thing Called Love," "Tennessee Plates," and "Slow Turning" are positively irresistible. He closes with "Perfectly Good Guitar," the title track of the marvelous album that this tour supported. Credit is due to the typically terrific Austin City Limits production crew for their immaculate sound.

I recommend the DVD even more highly than the CD for an appreciation of John's unique blend of goofiness and passion. When he mugs for the audience and dances like a man possessed, you'll laugh. On slow songs like "Icy Blue Heart" and "Have A Little Faith In Me," his face is a mirror of earnestness and urgency. During the finale, he threatens to smash his guitar, then changes his mind and ends up rocking it like a baby in his arms.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY TERRIFIC LIVE SET BETTER HEARD THAN SEEN November 4, 2005
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Let's just say that Hiatt's live performance shows he's getting a little long in the tooth to be dancing badly to his own songs. Kinda reminds you of your neighbor who still wants to be the life of the party as his kids cringe.

So, you're better off listening to a brilliant set who makes a convincing argument for keeping red states as part of the US. Hiatt's down-home hossier-hick is steeped in sincerity, and he's a guy who has made his mistakes, paid for them and found redemption in the simple pleasures of the woman and the children he loves. Admirable, no matter how silly his dance steps.

At this point in his career, Hiatt was positively brilliant and all the songs here are his A list material, particularly "Perfectly Good Guitar" and "Buffalo River Home." The audience is with him all the way, and his back up band hits all the marks. If you are a Hiatt fan, you'll treasure this set. It will make you wish John would do this sort of thing more often. Away from the TV lights of ACL, he might even be a little less hokey.
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