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Album Review

John Hiatt's first live album was recorded during a 1994 winter-spring tour of the U.S. (the title is a joke) and finds the singer/songwriter backed by the Guilty Dogs, a guitar-bass-drums trio. He doesn't need any more ammunition than that, not when he's got a set of 15 songs drawn from his last four critically acclaimed albums, including "Thing Called Love" and "Tennessee Plates." Hiatt gives his songs a rougher treatment than some of those who have covered them, his throaty voice giving even love songs like "Angel Eyes" an unsentimental force. In the absence of an A&M best-of, Hiatt Comes Alive at Budokan? makes a good sampler of his work, 1987-1993.

Customer Reviews

John Hiatt at his best

This is the ultimate John Hiatt album...a perfect first one, and an essential addition to an ongoing Hiatt collection. Personally, I am more of a fan of Hiatt when he plays solo, but this album is Hiatt gone electric at its absolute best. A must have

Hiatt Comes Alive at Budokhan

I just came upon this album and I am blown away by how good it is! The guitar work on this album is fantastic. Where before I was familiar with only a little of John Hiatt's music this album opened my eyes to what a great musican he is. Definitely worth the price.

Must have

I have bought this CD three times now (I keep losing it) and it is worth it every time. John Hiatt fans know what a genius this guy is but non-listeners can get an excellent feel for JH on this disk. Actually, all the songs are great so buy the whole thing.


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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