The Best of John Hiatt [Capitol]

The Best of John Hiatt [Capitol]

by John Hiatt


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John Hiatt finally achieved some sort of fame in 1987, when his comeback album Bring the Family sparked a career renaissance. For the next decade, his albums sold well and his songs were continually covered by other artists, all of which earned him acclaim as one of the finest songwriters of his era. Despite its title, The Best of John Hiatt 1973-1998 is a chronicle of those successful ten years. Only two songs -- "Riding With the King" and "Take Off Your Uniform" -- date from before 1987, which means that the collection effectively sidesteps Hiatt's years of searching for a style; it chooses to ride with him once he settled on roots rock. Of course, that's where he did the bulk of his best work, and The Best Of does offer a good overview of his prime period. Since much of his best work was recorded for labels other than Capitol, the label releasing The Best Of, Hiatt entered the studio to record two new songs ("Love in Flames," "Don't Know Much About Love") and cut his first version of "Angel Eyes," the song he gave to Jeff Healey, who turned it into a hit in 1989. He also re-recorded "Have a Little Faith in Me" and "Drive South," two of his best songs from the late '80s. Although these new versions are OK, they don't compare with the originals and only hammer home the fact that this is merely an acceptable compilation, instead of the perfect one that it could have been. Nevertheless, it's a good sampler for the curious, and the hardcore fan will not be disappointed with the new material, even if they're frustrated that they have to purchase a whole new album to acquire it.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/1998
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724385917929
catalogNumber: 59179
Rank: 63950

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Hiatt   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals
Rosanne Cash   Vocals,Track Performer
Russ Taff   Background Vocals
Paul Carrack   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Ry Cooder   Electric Guitar
Mike Finnigan   Background Vocals
Ian McLagan   Organ,Wurlitzer
Jim Keltner   Drums
Todd Cochran   Organ
Glen Ballard   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Martin Belmont   Guitar
Benmont Tench   Organ
Lenny Castro   Tambourine,Shaker
Pat Donaldson   Bass
Davey Faragher   Bass,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Veyler Hildebrand   Bass
David Immerglück   Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Bobby Irwin   Drums
Ethan Johns   Guitar,Drums,Rhythm Guitar
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,12-string Guitar
Dennis Locorriere   Background Vocals
Nick Lowe   Bass,Electric Bass,Background Vocals
Shaun Mariani   Background Vocals
Scott Mathews   Drums,Vocals,Vibes,6-string bass
Jean McClain   Background Vocals
Brian McCloud   Drums
Ravi Oli   Electric Sitar
Jon Paris   Bass Guitar
John Pierce   Bass
David Ranson   fender rhodes
Studio Sausages   Background Vocals
Michael Urbano   Percussion,Drums
Matt Wallace   Guitar
Michael Ward   Guitar
Mervyn Warren   Choir Master
Paul "Wix" Wickens   Synthesizer
B.J. Wilson   Drums
Doug Yankus   Guitar
Shannon McNally   Background Vocals
Gary Ferguson   Drums,Shaker
Brian Macleod   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

John Hiatt   Producer
Glen Ballard   Programming,rhythm arrangement
John Chelew   Producer
Davey Faragher   Producer,Loop
Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer
Larry Hirsch   Engineer
Neill King   Engineer
Nick Lowe   Producer
Scott Mathews   Producer,Engineer
Michael Musmanno   Engineer
Tony Phillips   Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
John Philip Shenale   Contributor,Loop
Matt Wallace   Producer
Mervyn Warren   Choir Arrangement
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Jeffery Fey   Art Direction
Shad T. Scott   Programming

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A must for serious fans