- Audio CD (July 7, 2009)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 3
- Label: Sony Legacy
- ASIN: B0027WNRGS
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Music from the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology(Deluxe Edition)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
6. Settled Down Like Rain (3 to 6 from "Hollywood Town Hall", 1992)
8. I'd Run Away
9. Over My Shoulder
10. Miss Williams' Guitar (7 to 10 from "Tomorrow The Green Grass", 1995)
12. Big Star
13. The Man Who Loved Life (11 to 13 from "Sound Of Lies", 1997)
15. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
16. What Led Me To This Town (14 to 16 from "Smile", 2000)
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)
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"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a good cd, missing a few songs that I especially like. I had to send my copy back because it had a skip on it and I haven't been able to find another copy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Suz
All the great music of the Jayhawks and some more are on this cd. Disc 1 are songs that made the Jayhawks who they are. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Deroche
Another must have if you are a Jayhawks fan.This cd makes for a very good addition to my already full collection.Published on February 1, 2014 by George Klavins
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 morePublished on October 17, 2013 by DLE
This CD is top notch - the sound quality is excellent. Well worth the price I paid for it. Yeah.Published on August 29, 2013 by Julie C.
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 morePublished on March 24, 2010 by Koyote
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 morePublished on November 1, 2009 by S. Rosen