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Music from the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology(Deluxe Edition)

The Jayhawks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B0027WNRGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Two Angels
2. Ain't No End
3. Waiting For The Sun
4. Martin's Song
5. Clouds
6. Settled Down Like Rain
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Falling Star (From The Jayhawks (aka "The Bunkhouse Album") (1986))
2. Old Woman From Red Clay (1988 alternate version, previously unreleased)
3. That's The Bag I'm In (KFAI radio session- Minneapolis October 1989, previously unreleased)
4. Won't Be Coming Home (1991 demo, previously unreleased) 5. Stone Cold Mess (Previously Unreleased outtake from Hollywood Town Hall sessions)
5. Mission On 2nd (1994 demo, previously unreleased)
6. Lights
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Disc: 3
1. Dummy Track

Editorial Reviews

Deluxe three disc (two CDs + DVD) edition includes a bonus CD containing 20 rare and unreleased tracks from the band's vaults along with a DVD of music videos and live performances. 2009 anthology from the American Alt-Country Roots rockers. Formed in 1985 by Minneapolis roots music fans Mark Olson and Gary Louris, The Jayhawks became one of the most recognized and successful bands of the so-called Alt-Country movement of the 1990's. Their milestone albums Blue Earth, Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow The Green Grass yielded hits like 'Waiting For The Sun' and 'Blue' which showcased the blend of harmony vocals, acoustic guitar and pedal-steel-like leads that quickly became the band's signature sound. After the departure of Olson in 1995, Louris changed direction slightly toward a more Pop-oriented sound and soldiered on with classic albums Sound Of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music. Music From The North Country is a 2009 compilation that tells the band's story so far. Collecting key tracks from all of their releases and overseen by Gary Louris, this is a wonderful introduction to, and happy reminder of one of the great American bands of our time.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cornucopia of Jayhawks music July 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've really been grooving on this new Jayhawks anthology. The deluxe edition is definitely the way to go. The first disc is the "North Country" hits collection, featuring pretty much all of the best loved Jayhawks songs, including "Blue" (my fave). I already own most of the band's albums, pre- and post-Olson, but this is a handy way to get so many of the tunes I like all in one place. The 2nd disc is an assortment of b-sides, outtakes, radio performances and the like, many previously unreleased. The songs are nowhere near as great as the "hits" on disc one, but they still make for some pretty good listening, and hearing them appealed to the collector and curious fan in me. There's a lot of loose and sloppy (fun) stuff on disc two. The third disc (DVD) is a mildly interesting set of music videos plus two EPK's (electronic press kits), featuring interview footage, live performances (ex., SXSW 97), and other miscellanea.

Hearing this music again (disc 1) or for the first time (disc 2), I was struck by how the Jayhawks are in some ways an original and authentic sound, but at the same time, how much they owe to country-rock predecessors like Richie Furay-era Poco, Flying Burritos, etc. The early-Poco similarity was especially strong on many songs. And some of the material on disc two veers pretty strongly into traditional country territory.

One final note is that a "big box retailer" is selling a version of this deluxe edition that has a FOURTH disc of rarities, an EP containing five cuts, live songs and outtakes, all but one previously unreleased. If you get that version, it's just about like getting a Jayhawks box set.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
American 88697 47043 2 is in tri-gatefold card sleeve with an extensive booklet and song choices overseen by key band member GARY LOURIS. This is the DELUXE EDITION - Disc 1 has 20 remastered tracks from their 6 studio albums (this disc is the one used for the standard single CD version); a bonus Disc 2 which contains 20 rarities (14 of which are previously unreleased) and a bonus DVD that gives you 7 Music Videos Plus 2 EPKs (Electronic Press Kits).

Here's a detailed track-by-track breakdown...

Disc 1 (76:29 minutes):
1. Two Angels
2. Ain't No End (1 and 2 from "Blue Earth", 1989)
3. Waiting For The Sun
4. Martin's Song
5. Clouds
6. Settled Down Like Rain (3 to 6 from "Hollywood Town Hall", 1992)
7. Blue
8. I'd Run Away
9. Over My Shoulder
10. Miss Williams' Guitar (7 to 10 from "Tomorrow The Green Grass", 1995)
11. Trouble
12. Big Star
13. The Man Who Loved Life (11 to 13 from "Sound Of Lies", 1997)
14. Smile
15. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
16. What Led Me To This Town (14 to 16 from "Smile", 2000)
17. Tailspin
18. All The Right Reasons
19. Save It For A Rainy Day
20. Angelyne (17 to 20 from "Rainy Day Music", 2003)

Disc 2 (76:10 minutes):
1. Falling Star (from "The Jayhawks", privately pressed US-only debut LP limited to 2000 copies, never officially on CD before)
2. Old Woman From Red Clay (Alternate Take of "Two Angels" from "Blue Earth")
3. That's The Bag I'm In (A Fred Neil cover Recorded Live for KFAL Radio in Minneapolis in October 1989)
4. Won't Be Coming Home (1991 Demo, Later Made Famous by GOLDEN SMOG)
5. Stone Cold Mess (Outtake from "Hollywood Town Hall" Sessions, 1992)
6.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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The three disc set of "Music From the North Country" is essential for Jayhawks fans. Even though disc one is made up of music most long time fans will already own, the second disc makes the purchase worthwhile. Disc two starts out with a tune from the Bunkhouse album from 1986 and proceeds to tap early versions of "Two Angels," here known as "Old Woman From Red Clay," and "A Break in the Clouds," on this set as "Stone Cold Mess." It's fascinating to me to hear these songs in their earlier stages.

"Stone Cold Mess" in particular is interesting because "A Break in the Clouds" is one of my favorite songs off the Smile album and I had no idea the song, or a version of it, had been around for so long. The second disc also includes several B-sides, mainly from the "Blue" single. The song "Get the Load Out" is a great hard rocker, not something the Jayhawks are generally known for, but they pull it off with no problem.

The third disc is a DVD with several music videos and two electronic press kids, one from the Hollywood Town Hall era and the other dating from Smile. The deluxe edition also contains liner notes on all the B-sides and rarities. The notes are well written and informative.

If you are a Jayhawks fan, I would recommend this three disc set. The price is right and there are some gems on that second disc. Amazon is also offering five demos not available anywhere else for download. I bought the three disc set and then downloaded the five songs from Amazon individually. Most of the demos date from the Smile era, with one from 2001. They're not essential, but "Save Me From Myself" and "Second Nature" are both strong tunes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars George K
Another must have if you are a Jayhawks fan.This cd makes for a very good addition to my already full collection.
Published 5 months ago by Gerge Klavins
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice compilation
I've been toying around with getting some Jayhawks for quite some time. I really like the periodic song (the hits) but couldn't find an album that had them all put together until... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DLE
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-rate sound qualify
This CD is top notch - the sound quality is excellent. Well worth the price I paid for it. Yeah.
Published 11 months ago by Julie C.
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Published on April 6, 2012 by Bill Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good intro for neophytes, great document for longtime fans
Disc one provides an overview of the Jayhawks' career. But, since the band never really had hit songs, it's hard to justify the song selection on this disc -- I would have probably... Read more
Published on March 24, 2010 by Koyote
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful anthology for a beloved band
This anthology does the job - it gives a thorough and thoughtful overview of an overlooked band. I can't think of many, if any, great Jayhawks tracks that aren't anthologized in... Read more
Published on November 1, 2009 by S. Rosen
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology(Deluxe Edition)
CD Wonderful, I wish more people had access but unfortunately few know how to enjoy the good music
Published on September 7, 2009 by Cristiano Mascarelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of one of the premier Alt-Country bands
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The Jayhawks : A Great American Band
I was introduced to their music a couple of years ago through a mixtape a friend made and I was totally taken with that first song immediately. It was "All The Right Reasons". I only have the "Rainy Day Music" album, so I'm really excited about this compilation!
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