John Hiatt Riding With The King

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Riding With The King
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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1983
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw

Tracks:

  • 1.I Don't Even Try
  • 2.Death By Misadventure
  • 3.Girl On A String
  • 4.Lovers Will
  • 5.She Loves The Jerk
  • 6.Say It With Flowers
  • 7.Riding With The King
  • 8.You May Already Be A Winner
  • 9.Love Like Blood
  • 10.The Love That Harms
  • 11.Book Lovers
  • 12.Falling Up

Product Description:

Personnel: John Hiatt (vocals, guitar); Scott Matthews (slide guitar, saxophone, keyboards, bass, drums, background vocals); Martin Belmont (guitar); Paul Carrack (keyboards, background vocals); Nick Lowe (bass; background vocals); Bobby Irwin (drums).
Producers: Ron Nagle, Scott Matthews, Nick Lowe.
Engineers include: Neill King.
Although John Hiatt's personal life was hell in 1984--as detailed on 1987's starkly autobiographical BRING THE FAMILY, Hiatt's wife committed suicide and he himself was an alcoholic wreck--that year's RIDING WITH THE KING is the strongest of his early albums. Produced (separately) by Nick Lowe and Scott Matthews of the Durocs, RIDING is half rootsy pub rock (Lowe's side, featuring his band of the era, the Cowboy Outfit), and half spare, mostly-acoustic folk songs (Matthews' side, on which Hiatt and Matthews are the only musicians).
Most importantly, RIDING has at least four of the finest songs John Hiatt has ever written. "Death by Misadventure," "She Loves the Jerk," "You May Already Be a Winner," and "I Don't Even Try" are as bitterly rueful as Elvis Costello at his most wounded, incorporating a sly, sarcastic sense of humor which prevents the proceedings from becoming self-pitying.

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Rating 5.0 Riding With the King Music Lover: from Greenville, NY US -- February, 17, 2007

John Hiatt's songwriting on this release is among his best. His mordant wit is on full display in songs like "Death by Misadventure", "Lovers Will" & the classic "She Loves the Jerk".
This release almost rivals "Warming Up to the Ice Age"
Both solid efforts from his earlier,more sardonic period.


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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 96,653
  • UPC: 720642401729
  • Shipping Weight: 0.20/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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