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Terms Of My Surrender (Amazon Exclusive: CD + DVD) [Deluxe Edition]

John HiattAudio CD
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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.

“It’s my Appomattox,” he says, wryly. “Really I don’t know where it came from, that idea of trying to arrange the terms of my surrender. I ... Read more in Amazon's John Hiatt Store

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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: New West Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Long Time Comin'
2. Face Of God
3. Marlene
4. Wind Don't Have To Hurry
5. Nobody Knew His Name
6. Baby's Gonna Kick
7. Nothin' I Love
8. Terms Of My Surrender
9. Here To Stay
10. Old People
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Disc: 2
1. Drive South
2. Tennessee Plates
3. Crossing Muddy Waters
4. Nothin' I Love
5. Terms Of My Surrender
6. Perfectly Good Guitar
7. Feel's Like Rain
8. Thing Called Love
9. Slow Turning
10. Have A Little Faith In Me

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The Terms Of My Surrender deluxe edition CD+DVD features a 10-song live bonus DVD. Titled 'Terms Of My Surrender - Live From The Franklin Theatre,' this performance filmed in October 2013 can be seen on Palladia.

Hiatt, a master lyricist and satirical storyteller, weaves hidden plot twists into fictional tales ranging in topics including redemption, relationships, growing older and surrendering, on his terms. The new record is musically rooted in acoustic blues, accentuated by Hiatt s soulful, gritty voice, which mirrors the gravity of his reflective lyrics.

For Terms Of My Surrender, Hiatt turned to his longtime guitarist Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Jack Ingram) to produce. Though Hiatt initially picked up an electric guitar on day one of recording, Lancio challenged him to play acoustic instead, which set the tone and mood for the whole process. Hiatt even plays harmonica on the album, which he hasn t done in several years. They recorded most of the album off the floor as if in a live setting, which was fitting since the band in the studio was Hiatt s exceptional touring band.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Hiatt’s got the blues. July 15, 2014
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“Terms Of My Surrender” is the twenty-second studio album by John Hiatt, the singer-songwriter with the soulful, gritty voice, and another highlight in a career that already spans four decades. In a bit of a departure from previous albums that slanted towards gravelly country-folk, the 11 tracks on his new record are mainly acoustic blues, with Hiatt even playing harmonica, something he hasn’t done in several years.

Among my favorites on this album are the folksy album-opener “Long Time Coming,” which is a Springsteen-ish track, with Hiatt starting out acoustically. It slowly grows into full instrumentation with a great guitar solo from Doug Lancio in the middle part, before ending acoustically again. Then you have the thumping back porch blues of “Face Of God,” a 12 bar track where Hiatt asks: “How much more suffering, Before you see the face of God,” and also makes the harmonica howl. Then you have the cheerful “Marlene,” a deceptively simple ditty as exemplified by lyrics like “Marlene, Marlene, when you call my name, Marlene, Marlene, like a summer rain,” but it’s an incredible catchy and for sure will make “… the blues run and hide.”

“Wind Don’t Have To Hurry” is a banjo-driven track that also has female backing vocals to flesh out the song (although the “Na Na Na Na” edges close to getting a tad repetitive). The hobo jazz of title track “Terms Of My Surrender,” which has some of the wittiest lyrics on the album: “Sometimes love can be so wrong, Like a fat man in a thong” (okay, now to get that image out of my head!) and which is a bit reminisced of Randy Newman.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic In A Long Line Of Classics July 15, 2014
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I'm a long time fan so this was a no brainer for me but this is so good it may very well attract new fans. Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns was very, very good but a little dark. Terms of My Surrender really showcases a master songwriter and storyteller at the top of his game. The bonus live DVD wasn't necessary to sell this music but it is more than welcome featuring some of his better known songs with a terrific band providing backup. This old guy's still got it. Not fade away.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Hiatt Rolls On With Another Gem July 15, 2014
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John Hiatt has made his way on the the short list of artists that I like where I absolutely salivate when I hear they have a new release coming. Hiatt's wit and songwriting talents make even his lesser received works essential listening. It is amazing to me that this is John Hiatt's 22nd studio album and he's still a relatively unknown artist in a lot of circles and it seems like he likes it that way. Hiatt is a true artist who releases music because it's what he does. He's not chasing money, he's not chasing fame, he's just a songwriter who can write on hell of a song.

Here on "Terms of My Surrender" we see Hiatt in fine form as he tracks through this heavily bluesy album. When I read that Hiatt said he was losing the top of his vocal register I was a bit concerned with the vocal quality we'd have on this release but Hiatt sounds more than fine keeping to the lower register.

Hiatt's longtime guitarist Doug Lancio produced this record and he puts Hiatt's vocals and lyrics up front and center which is exactly where they should be. From what I've read most of these tracks were recorded in one take which shows just how comfortable Hiatt is with his core group of road musicians which joined him in the studio to record this record.

There isn't a bad song on this disc, but some of the highlights for me are:

"Wind Don't Have to Hurry," reminds me a lot of something Springsteen could have put out in recent years with the Native American type chant throughout the song that talks about freedom and liberty.

"Face of God," is some great blues that could have been transmitted down from a time-period long ago and Hiatt sells the vocals, sounding at times to me like Tom Waits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reinvigorated, fresh, sharp July 18, 2014
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Outstanding release from an American treasure. Listening to this album puts you in the room with the artist, very intimate. The blues feature heavily on this recording which are superbly emphasized by Johns aging (as in a fine Bourbon) vocals. John sounds reinvigorated with a fresh, sharp sound along with both thought provoking and humorous lyrics. Listen for the brief pre and post track studio 'chatter' and mic/breath sounds that are normally edited out. Really adds to the 'feel' of the album. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I would call myself a huge John Hiatt fan. I have been waiting for the release of this body of works for months. I have listened toTerms of My Surrender all day and I can say this is another steller piece of work by John. I enjoyed this album more and more each time I played it. If your a fan of John don't miss out on this one.
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Missing from this album are the usual uptempo rockers that we're used to hearing on a typical John Hiatt recording. This album is more laid back and bluesy, but it works quite well with Hiatt's gritty voice. Old people is a memorable song for it's funny and mostly true lyrics. Perhaps my favorite is Wind don't have to hurry with it's shananananana hook. This may not be his best effort, but it's still worth a listen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping that typewrier busy.
The songs are great. They can also be familiar at times. You still have to love the lyrics. I would love to see Lindsey Buckingham produce him and put a little jolt in the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by temple run
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty pretty pretty good.
Another great album in a long line of great albums by John Hiatt. John Hiatt is most certainly one of the greatest.
Published 4 days ago by The Counselor
2.0 out of 5 stars My least favorite Hiatt album since the early 1980s
My least favorite Hiatt album since the early 1980s. Hiatt loses some of his personality and charm when he goes too Americana.
Published 5 days ago by James A. Murphy
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like to criticize or second guess an artist of John's ...
It's heartening to see so many positive reviews for John Hiatt's new album. As a person who has been a fan since the Slug Line album, I've stuck with John through the new wave,... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Bruce E. White
5.0 out of 5 stars A very reflective John Hiatt. As usual, his ...
A very reflective John Hiatt. As usual, his words and music are stellar. Bonus: a pleasant homage to John Lee Hooker.
Published 7 days ago by Sue Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of his best, I rank it with crossing muddy waters and walk on wich are my favorites
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiatt Back to Top Form After Two So-So Outings
I thought that Hiatt's preceding two albums, "Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns" and "Mystic Pinball" did not meet the criteria that Mr. Read more
Published 8 days ago by M. Anders
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
First song stopped halfway thru
Published 8 days ago by scott strangman
5.0 out of 5 stars I love an "experienced" voice
I love an "experienced" voice. This is that in spades. The sonic quality alone of John's voice on this recording, and the superbly tatstful musicianship as well, ensure... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mike Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love John Hiatt - amazing songwriter.
Published 9 days ago by deborah s keeffe
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