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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Hiatt was feeling strong after the success of 1987's masterstroke Bring the Family, so he rocked out a little more on the joyful, confident Slow Turning. His Louisiana quartet, the Goners, spearheaded by slide guitar innovator Sonny Landreth, made each hot tune ("Drive South," "Tennessee Plates") crack like a whip. Hiatt's rubbery soul singing, in turn, made each ballad ("Icy Blue Heart," "Is Anybody There?") tug at every available heartstring. The album became a bit of a hit factory for others, too--with Emmylou Harris, Suzy Bogguss, and Aaron Neville among the many who made Slow Turning's songs their own. This gold version of the title offers superior sound quality for a higher price than the standard-issue CD. --Michael Ruby

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I bought the tape of this album on the day it came out and wore out 5 copies of it.
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I had a hard time containing my excitement when MFSL released my favorite recording by one of my favorite performers, John Hiatt.
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I feel that Hiatt is very under-rated and should rank up there with the other great singer/songwriters of the day.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ken Carroll on June 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you want to explore John Hiatt -- and you should -- start here. If you're a fan without this CD, what in the world are you waiting for? It just doesn't get a whole lot better than this.
John Hiatt writes about real life. There are no sappy teenage love songs, but there is a great song, "Drive South," about two lovers with "heads in the clouds, just a little off-course" and one more chance to make it work.
"Trudy and Dave" aren't your average couple, but their descriptions (and the baby's) are laugh-out-loud funny. "Tennessee Plates" has a great, catchy guitar riff and an even better storyline: a lonely, desperate man; a female Elvis fan who's "been living in-between" and a car theft in Memphis.
"Georgia Rae" is a song about Hiatt's daughter and fits in well with everything else here. The title song is Hiatt's view of the world: unbowed, but realistic. "Is Anybody There?" will put chills down your spine with its mass choir effect and deep lyrics. "Feels Like Rain" paints a beautiful, languid picture of lovers in the Deep South and the music fits as perfectly as the lovers do.
If you like meaningful lyrics, melodies that linger in your head and you still don't have this CD, then you need to do something about it right now. You won't believe how great this is.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By alexander fraser on October 20, 2001
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Slow turning generally gets less critical acclaim than Bring the Family.In my own opinion though, this is a far superior record: the bounce, enthusiasm and joy of the songs being driven along by a band that sounds as though it's having the time of its life and sung by a man who seems to have seen an extremely bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel put into the shade the more antiseptic sound of the previous record. Of his subsequent albums only Walk On consistently matches the high quality of this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1998
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I've been listening to this CD for over ten years and it stays fresh. John Hiatt has a talent for expressing insight on experiences and emotions seldom expressed in songwriting and this CD is one of his best examples. It runs a range of hard driving guitars and vocals to solo and soulful piano ballads. If you're not completely familiar with Hiatt's work and are looking for a CD that demonstrates his full range of talent, this is it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Alan Gamble on March 7, 1999
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Slow Turning is the second of three landmark albums (Bring The Family and Stolen Moments being the others) that established John Hiatt as the pre-eminent singer-songwriter of the late 80's. Unfortunately, the wisdom of the material was mistaken by most of his new fans (and eventually Hiatt himself) as "fun" Adult Contemporary. At the time, however, this was a big step forward, personally and professionally, for Hiatt. Replacing his previous band of legends (Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner) with his touring band, The Goners, this is Hiatt's best sounding album to date. Sonny Landreth plays just about every guitar under the sun to perfection. Ken Blevins and David "Now" Ranson provide a perfect blues-rock rhythm-section.
John Hiatt has always been a top-notch author of acerbic wit. He shows major signs of growth here, however. Slow Turning exhibits a more mature, resigned and happy man. "Though love's not earned / Baby, it's our turn...," he sings on "Drive South." His comic flair has been perfected by the likes of the interstate dragnet search for a car with "Tennessee Plates," and the adventure of two irresponsible youths and their baby "...who shot up an automatic teller machine / Took the money for the laundry and drove away clean...".
Hiatt treads familiar territory with "Icy Blue Heart," "Ride Along" and "Paper Thin." The difference here is that his not-so-lovable losers finally seem to have turned a corner, looking inward for a first time. "...And if I knew love," he states in the first song, "Well, I don't think I'd be here / Askin' myself if I've got what it takes...".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R.S. on November 17, 2002
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I bought this cd for the incredible song that Emmylou Harris covered - 'Icy Blue Heart'. That song alone puts John Hiatt up there with the best singer songwriters. As a bonus I also got top tracks like: 'Drive South', 'Sometime Other Than Now', 'Ride Along', 'Slow Turning', 'Is Anybody There' & 'Feels Like Rain'. I also highly recommend the previous album: 'Bring The Family', for more gems like: 'Memphis In The Meantime', 'Lipstick Sunset' & 'Learning How To Love You'. The bonus on that album is you get Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner & Nick Lowe in the band, and you can't ask for more than that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Brand on December 17, 2006
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I have over 500 albums/CDs (I realize there are people with thousands) and this is one of the five best that I own. It is unbelievably great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randall Wallace on November 23, 1999
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"slow turning" is easily one of my favorite cds. the whole cd is great. it fits perfectly with shawn colvin's "fat city" and sarah mclachlan's "fumbling toward" as 90's records you can never tire of, whether you're driving, working, or relaxing. although my favorite song of his, the earlier "riding with the king", is not on this, i still give this cd the highest praise because there are no bad tracks. a rarity.
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I started another forum so be aware that I don't know about the CDs since Behind This Gruff Exterior. I think my favorite may be Walk On. I assume it's not very popular because I see little mention of it and I got it discounted at a CD store years ago.
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