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Same Old Man [Vinyl]

John HiattVinyl
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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.

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  • Vinyl (July 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00177Z53W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Old Days
2. Love You Again
3. On with You
4. Hurt My Baby
5. What Love Can Do
6. Ride My Pony
7. Cherry Red
8. Our Time
9. Two Hearts
10. Same Old Man
11. Let's Give This Love a Try

Editorial Reviews

Same Old Man was recorded at Highway 61 Recordings and produced by John Hiatt. Appearing on the album are Kenneth Blevins on drums, Patrick O'Hearn on bass and Luther Dickinson on guitar, mandolin and national resonator. John's daughter, Lilly Hiatt, sings harmony on the songs 'Love You Again' and 'What Love Can Do.' John Hiatt's career has spanned more than 30 years and his songs have been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and BB King to Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night and The Neville Brothers. John Hiatt began his solo career with the 1974 album Hangin' Around the Observatory. Hiatt's landmark 1987 release Bring The Family received critical praise and was his first album to chart in the U.S.

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 Music
This new album by John Hiatt is a very compelling work of soulful introspective ballads delivered in his signature rough voice. Overall I like the album very much. There are a few disappointments for me, mainly the title track. That aside, I like most else that is here.

It's awesome that Amazon is selling the MP3 version before the official release of the CD version. That gave me a chance to get all these songs at a great price and not have to wait for the CD to be released for shipment. Thanks Amazon!

John Hiatt has to be compared to Tom Waits because of his voice and his song-writing style. Yet he often reaches for "Dylanesque" themes and complexities. Some of his songs remind me of Willie Nelson because of his writing style and under-stated delivery. His voice has that gutteral feel of Joe Cocker or perhaps an elder Johnny Cash with more roughness. This is not music for the masses but rather music for those who are willing to really work to appreciate a great song-writer despite cosmetic flaws. In fact, the roughness of John Hiatt actually adds a lot of character to the music. Like I said, not for everybody, but for those who do get over the hesitation well worth the price of admission.

John does have a very cult-like following, once again very similar to Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Sometimes it seems that his fans believe he does no wrong. Well here some mistakes seem to have been made.

The title track "Same Old Man" sounds like a roughly sung pop song instead of the powerful song-writing we get with John's best stuff. It starts flat with him almost speaking the lyrics. When he does start to sing a little bit, you can't help but notice that the lyrics on this title track aren't as good as the other songs on this album.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Hiatt's new CD 'Same Old Man' among his best May 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
John Hiatt

"Same Old Man" (New West)

John Hiatt's conversational lyrics sound off-the-cuff, which means they likely resulted from many hours of labour. The work was worth it, because "Same Old Man" ranks with the best music of Hiatt's 34-year recording career.

He sings about love in the opening round and love on the ropes, about food and paper cuts and "doppelganger caterwauling." "Same Old Man" is sweet but not sentimental, tuneful, honest and very, very funny.

On his first release since 2005's fine "Master of Disaster," Hiatt produced and engineered himself, and he puts his voice front and centre. As always, Hiatt sings like someone straining to complete the final set of the night at the local roadhouse. The raw vocals are a perfect match for such songs as "Hurt My Baby," where pain is palpable as Hiatt delivers the chorus.

He's supported by bass, drums and Luther Dickinson, who plays guitar and mandolin and provides an ideal counterpoint to the vocals by making every note count. Hiatt's daughter, Lilly, contributes lovely harmony on two songs.

Dad delivers his droll lyrics as if they're throwaways, which makes them even better. "I'm a long shot, baby," he sings. "But they do come in." In fact, "Same Old Man" laps the field.

CHECK THIS OUT: On the hilarious opener "Old Days," Hiatt reminisces about his early touring career and crossing paths with John Lee Hooker, Gatemouth Brown and other bluesmen. He concludes the memories aren't that sweet because "I played practically free."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doing what he does best July 21, 2008
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John Hiatt goes for what he tried on Crossing Muddy Waters eight years ago -- mostly acoustic guitar with some mandloin and slide thrown in, but with more bass and percussion this time, a kind of laid back country blues. It's what he's best at, along with his widely acknowledged lyrical skill, which he uses to great affect here. The first four tracks are stellar, alternately funny and touching, with Hurt My Baby providing an emotional wallop. Then he tries too hard to lighten things up with What Love Can Do, (still, like any Hiatt song, it has some good lines as well). Ride My Pony is a more affective stab at optimism -- toe-tapping, deceptively simple, brilliant. The rest of Same Old Man is hit and miss, as Hiatt songs go; some of it harkens to earlier tracks. But the songwriting, particularly on the title track, shows Hiatt has mellowed nicely, is as insightful as ever, and can always be counted on for a clever turn of phrase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Hiatt 'Same Old Man' May 29, 2008
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John Hiatt
Same Old Man
By Doug Collette

Same Old Man may be the most accessible album of John Hiatt's career. But it's worth serious note that the rewards of hearing this album (repeatedly) far outweigh its simplicity and that's due to the strength of the songs. Tunes such as "Cherry Red" and "Hurt My Baby" are just two instances in which the author turns the usual conceits of composition inside out.

Those songs don't get much elaboration or decoration here. It's easy to imagine Hiatt strumming out these tunes by himself on the folk circuit this summer (and beyond. The rhythm section of Kenneth Blevins on drums and Patrick O'Hearn on bass is merely subtle, authoritative emphasis to the author's own self-effacing delivery of lyrics. Yet there is much more going on below the surface, on both those fronts, than a cursory listen may discern.

"What Love Can do,' for instance, has more to do with acknowledging the passage of time in ourselves and others than a romantic epiphany. Similarly, "Ride My Pony" describes the sensation of the spontaneous joy of childhood even as the years go by. Bob Dylan's influence has never been so obvious on John Hiatt as in "On With You"--where the verses resemble a re-write of "All along the Watchtower--" or "Let's Give This Love a Try"-- which sounds inspired by "Tangle Up in Blue"--but Dylan could never be so open as Hiatt is on those aforementioned songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting alot more, I've got to liston ...
I was expecting alot more,I've got to liston to it again before I speak on it,
Published 1 month ago by harvey johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Overlook this Gem!
This 2008 release is a relatively recent one in the very long line of John Hiatt albums, but I think it ranks as one of his very best. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Same old Man
Another great album that gets better each time I hear it. So many of his songs hit home like no other artist.
Published 8 months ago by Robert Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Same? Old?
John Hiatt is a songwriter, guitarist, singer who consistently puts out great songs. This is perfectly good material for me.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Raymond G. Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
great album, excellent artist, well produced and written songs from a real artist and writer for many years. Recommended always
Published 14 months ago by simon massouras
4.0 out of 5 stars Same Old Man
Well, the title of this record hits his kind of music and being an outstanding creator of great songs over all the years.
Published 19 months ago by Kissel, Hartmut
5.0 out of 5 stars Same Old Man & Same Good Time
Since I'm a devoted fan of John Hiatt there isn't much I can say about him that wouldn't seem bias. This is the first C.D. Read more
Published 21 months ago by savoy blue
2.0 out of 5 stars hiatt's best songs were written in the third person and rockin'
as a fan of hiatt since 1988's "slow turning", i find his last three efforts to be lacking. (the open road, dirty jeans and same old man) of the three, the same old man is the... Read more
Published on August 2, 2012 by Frank D. Distefano
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Music I Have Heard In A Long Time
This is great music. I love that my husband heard one of John Hiatt's songs on the radio in Dutch Harbor, Alaska and so I proceeded to find him and I purchased three of his cd's... Read more
Published on October 26, 2009 by Sara A. Sundsten
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS!
This is a great collection of songs! I love John's voice, the music and the words.
Published on August 23, 2009 by MMP
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John Hiatt at his best.
I agree too!!! My dad bought a John Hiatt tape for me when I was just entering 7th grade. I think it changed me and my outlook completely. The great think about John is he doesn't even fit into my regular music style, but you can't deny his lyrics and voice are pure magic!!!
Jul 8, 2008 by A. Spearman |  See all 3 posts
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