Bring the Family
Performer: John Hiatt
Artist: Ry Cooder; Jim Keltner; Nick Lowe
Engineer: Joe Schiff; Larry Hirsch...
Producer: John Chelew...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Personnel: John Hiatt (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano); Ry Cooder (guitar); Nick Lowe (bass); Jim Keltner (drums). Recorded at Ocean Way Studio 2, Los Angeles, California, February 17-20, 1987. Personnel: John Hiatt (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano); Ry Cooder (guitar); Nick Lowe (bass); Jim Keltner (drums). Recorded at Ocean Way Studio 2, Los Angeles, California, February 17-20, 1987. All songs written by John Hiatt. Composer: John Hiatt. Personnel: John Hiatt (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, piano); Ry Cooder (electric guitar, sitar); Nick Lowe (electric bass); Jim Keltner (drums). Audio Mixers: David Tickle; Larry Hirsch. Recording information: Ocean Way Studio 2, Los Angeles, CA (02/17/1987-02/20/1987). Photographer: Steven M. Martin. Hiatt was already a seasoned performer and songwriter by the time this album was released. He was "the songwriter's songwriter" and destined for critically acclaimed cult status. This is just one of a series of excellent collections of songs that have been recorded by dozens of artists from Bonnie Raitt to Joe Cocker. The simple piano accompanying the gravel-voiced "Have A Little Faith In Me" makes the hairs stand up on end. Hiatt's fine supporting musicians are Jim Keltner (drums), Ry Cooder (guitar) and Nick Lowe (bass). This unsung genius is the Randy Newman of roots-rock.
Rolling Stone - Number 53 "100 Best Albums Of The 80's" survey November 1989. Uncut (p.96) - "[T]he main preoccupations of BRING THE FAMILY were loss, breakdown and despair, followed by tentative resurrection and renewed hope....Hiatt was exposing his inner core."
Over the decades, and in various quests to land his audience, the presentation of Hiatt's resilient songs changed to fit the times. Beginning in the mid-'70s, he went from singer-songwriter to Elvis Costello-ish rocker to progressive-country/adult alternative icon. However, they all bear the craft of a superlative writer who finds his voice with both tender ballads and hotwired rockers.
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