John Hiatt Slow Turning
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- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: A&M
Rolling Stone3.5 Stars - Very Good
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Personnel: John Hiatt (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, electric piano); Sonny Landreth (acoustic & electric slide guitars, 6- and 12-string electric guitars, steel guitar); James Hooker (Hammond organ); David "Now" Ranson (bass); Ken Blevins (drums, tambourine); Ashley Cleveland, Dennis Locorriere (background vocals); Bernie Leadon.
Recorded at Ronnie Milsap's Goroundstar Labs, Nashville, Tennessee between May 20 and June 6, 1988.
Personnel: John Hiatt (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, Wurlitzer piano); Sonny Landreth (acoustic & electric slide guitars, 12 string acoustic & electric guitars, steel guitar); Bernie Leadon (guitar, banjo, mandolin, mandicello); James Hooker (Hammond B-3 organ); David "Now" Ranson (bass); Ken Blevins (drums, tambourine); Ashley Cleveland, Dennis Locorriere (background vocals).
Recorded at Ronnie Milsap's Goroundstar Labs, Nashville, Tennessee between May 20 and June 6, 1988. Includes liner notes by John Hiatt.
Personnel: John Hiatt (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric piano); Sonny Landreth (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar, National guitar); Bernie Leadon (guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandocello, mandolin); David Ranson (bass guitar); Kenneth Blevins (drums, tambourine); Dennis Locorriere, Ashley Cleveland (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Glyn Johns; Larry Hirsch.
Recording information: Ronnie Milsap's Groundstar Labs, Nashville, TN (05/20/1988-06/06/1988).
Photographer: Anton Corbijn.
Unknown Contributor Role: Bernie Leadon.
DRIVE SOUTH is generally regarded as the second installment in a trilogy (along with BRING THE FAMILY and STOLEN MOMENTS) of singer-songwriter John Hiatt's late '80s resurgence. While this period was certainly fertile and arguably his artistic peak, calling it a comeback is something of a misnomer. Hiatt, you see, never went away. For more years than he'd probably care to remember, Hiatt's records gained the esteem of critics and musicians while the record buying public remained largely unaware. However, with Bonnie Raitt's wildly successful version of his "Thing Called Love," Hiatt began to see some of the recognition that his better-known peers enjoyed.
One listen to SLOW TURNING and it's easy to see why. His country-tinged songwriting skill is honed to a fine point, allowing a broader melodic side to ride shotgun with a more openly emotional center. From outlaw narratives ("Trudy and Dave," "Tennessee Plates") to joyous stompers ("Slow Turning") and kiss-offs ("Paper Thin"), he goes from strength to strength before finishing off with one his finest ballads ("Feels Like Rain").
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