Greatest Hits: The A&M Years '87 - '94

Greatest Hits: The A&M Years '87 - '94

by John HiattJohn Hiatt


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Two months after Capitol's The Best of John Hiatt 1973-1998 hit the stores, A&M released Greatest Hits: The A&M Years '87-'94. It's hard to surmise what weird licensing agreements led to this release pattern, since the similarities will cause confusion even among dedicated fans, but there are notable differences between the two discs. Since Hiatt's albums for A&M in the late '80s were his creative peak, it's not surprising that Greatest Hits, which concentrates his A&M work, is a more consistent album than The Best of John Hiatt, which balances classic A&M cuts with two re-recorded songs, highlights from his two Capitol albums, and two new songs. Aside from the inexplicable omission of "Slow Turning" and one of his best rockers, Greatest Hits contains all the A&M songs that are on The Best of John Hiatt ("Thing Called Love," "Memphis in the Meantime," "Child of the Wild Blue Yonder," "Drive South," "Buffalo River Home," "Feels Like Rain," "Perfectly Good Guitar," "Tennessee Plates"), plus the original versions of "Drive South" and "Have a Little Faith in Me" (only available in butchered remakes on the Capitol disc), a live take of "Angel Eyes," and several fine numbers, such as "Thank You Girl," "Real Fine Love," "Paper Thin," "Lipstick Sunset," and "Through Your Hands." There are some excellent songs from Bring the Family and Slow Turning missing, but Greatest Hits remains the compilation to get for casual fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/1999
Label: A&M
UPC: 0731454092920
catalogNumber: 540929
Rank: 67677

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Hiatt   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Russ Taff   Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Ry Cooder   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Henderson   Guitar
Mac Gayden   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Sonny Landreth   Guitar
Pat Donaldson   Bass
Davey Faragher   Bass,Background Vocals
Ethan Johns   Guitar,Drums
David Kemper   Drums
Michael Landau   Guitar
Nick Lowe   Bass
John Pierce   Bass
David Ranson   Bass
Michael Urbano   Drums
Matt Wallace   Guitar
Michael Ward   Guitar,Background Vocals
Karen Peris   Vocals
Kenneth Blevins   Drums
Brian Macleod   Drums

Technical Credits

John Hiatt   Arranger
John Chelew   Producer
Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer
Larry Hirsch   Engineer
Clif Norrell   Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Matt Wallace   Producer
Jeff Dean   Liner Notes
Jeffrey Scornavacca   Engineer

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