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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

John Hiatt is Great!!

I was introduced to John Hiatt's music in 1996 when I worked at a cd store in Fla. I was a fan from that moment on. "Have a Little Faith in Me" just blows me away. Although my all time favorite Hiatt tune is "Cry Love" (which is not on this compilation), I have fallen for many of his other great musical moments. By the way, If you haven't heard it yet, download "Cry Love".

Great Song

I love the song "Have a Little Faith in Me"! When I first heard it in the movie Benny and Joon, I fell in love with it. Sadly, the movie's soundtrack doesn't have that song in it, so I'm really excited that this CD has the complete version of it.


I went to a John Hiatt about two years ago and was one of the youngest people in the audience. I am lucky that my parents are huge fans and I have heard his music most of my life! My favorite song to see performed is "Cry Love" I love how the crowd gets into it! My absolute favorite song is "Angel Eyes" though it is so beautiful, (possible wedding song). Other favorites include: "Buffalo River Home", "Have a Little Faith in Me", "Through Your Hands", "Child of the Wild Blue Yonder". (pretty much this whole cd!) Definitely would recommend this album!


Born: 1952 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

John Hiatt's sales have never quite matched his reputation. Hiatt's songs were covered successfully by everyone from Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, and Dr. Feelgood to Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night, and the Neville Brothers, yet it took him 13 years to reach the charts himself. Of course, it took him nearly that long to find his own style. Hiatt began his solo career in 1974, and over the next decade he ran through a number of different styles, from rock & roll to new wave pop, before he finally settled...
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