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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue..., 11 July 2009
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J. Willis (London, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
With Mark Olson and Gary Louris now back in unison, this is probably as good a time as any for a Jayhawks retrospective, if not long overdue. CD1 is a straight best-of, presented chronologically, which if you have all the albums, will offer no surprises. Though it will serve to remind you what a great band they are and just how many amazing songs they have. And for those who missed out first time around, the single disc version will be an ideal place to find out what many of us have known all along. CD2 is the one for the die-hard Jayhawks fan. Packed full of demo's, b-sides and unreleased gem's, including a track from their much sought-after debut album, it's a unique insight into an alternative history of The Jayhawks. The DVD is a collection of Jayhawks video's and a handful of live tracks. Overall, this is a great package and well worth paying that bit extra for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great band but disappointing extras, 23 Oct. 2009
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Mr. J. M. Hughes "Jeff_m_h" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
I've loved the Jayhawks since I purchased Hollywood Town Hall 15 years ago and this is a great collection of some fantastic tunes. Contrary to other reviews I found disc 2 quite disappointing. Many of the tunes are actually earlier versions, with different names, of tracks that have already been released on existing albums. At least one of the b-sides which I do like didn't seem to make this cut.
Don't get me wrong - the DVD is interesting but personally I think perhaps I should have gone for just the single disk 'best of'. Individuals who have never come across the Jayhawks before will not be disappointed with this band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good to miss, 16 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Having never listened to The Jayhawks until by chance sampling this anthology I have to admit to missing the boat. Cleverly crafted and beautiful music. But if all music was this good what would there be to moan about. Presented in chronological order the album illustrates the development of the band both in songwriting ability and sheer musicianship. There is not really a weak track. What more is there to say. If you like Tom Petty, Steve Earle or even Wilco then you have to give this a go. A real cliche but it really is a grower and I will now be buying the source albums.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Never Thought That I'd Miss You...That I'd Miss You So Much..." - Music From The North Country by JAYHAWKS (Deluxe Edition), 8 Nov. 2009
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
American 88697 47043 2 is in tri-gatefold card sleeve with an extensive booklet and song choices overseen by key band member GARY LOURIS. This is the DELUXE EDITION - Disc 1 has 20 remastered tracks from their 6 studio albums (this disc is the one used for the standard single CD version); a bonus Disc 2 which contains 20 rarities (14 of which are previously unreleased) and a bonus DVD that gives you 7 Music Videos Plus 2 EPKs.

Here's a detailed track-by-track breakdown...

Disc 1 (76:29 minutes):
1. Two Angels
2. Ain't No End (1 and 2 from "Blue Earth", 1989)
3. Waiting For The Sun
4. Martin's Song
5. Clouds
6. Settled Down Like Rain (3 to 6 from "Hollywood Town Hall", 1992)
7. Blue
8. I'd Run Away
9. Over My Shoulder
10. Miss Williams' Guitar (7 to 10 from "Tomorrow The Green Grass", 1995)
11. Trouble
12. Big Star
13. The Man Who Loved Life (11 to 13 from "Sound Of Lies", 1997)
14. Smile
15. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
16. What Led Me To This Town (14 to 16 from "Smile", 2000)
17. Tailspin
18. All The Right Reasons
19. Save It For A Rainy Day
20. Angelyne (17 to 20 from "Rainy Day Music", 2003)

Disc 2 (76:10 minutes):
1. Falling Star (from "The Jayhawks", privately pressed US-only debut LP limited to 2000 copies, never officially on CD before)
2. Old Woman From Red Clay (Alternate Take of "Two Angels" from "Blue Earth")
3. That's The Bag I'm In (A Fred Neil cover Recorded Live for KFAL Radio in Minneapolis in October 1989)
4. Won't Be Coming Home (1991 Demo, Later Made Famous by GOLDEN SMOG)
5. Stone Cold Mess (Outtake from "Hollywood Town Hall" Sessions, 1992)
6. Mission On 2nd (Outtake from "Hollywood Town Hall" Sessions, 1992)
7. Lights (Victoria Williams cover for the "Sweet Relief..." Benefit CD For Her, 1993)
8. Darling Today (Non-Album B-side of USA CD single of "Blue", 1995)
9. Break My Mind (Non-Album B-side of USA CD single of "Bad Time", 1995)
10. Get The Load Out (Non-Album B-side of a European CD single of "Bad Time", 1995)
11. Poor Little Fish (Early Version, An Outtake from the "Sound Of Lies" Sessions, 1996)
12. Someone Will (1998 Demo for "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" from "Smile", first aired on "Live From The Women's Club Official Bootleg" CD in 2003)
13. Cure For This (1999 Previously Unreleased Track, has emerged as "Goodbye Kiss" by Janey Winterbauer and Marc Perlman on their "25:32:47" EP in early 2009)
14. I Can Make It On My Own (1998/1999 Demo from the "Smile" Sessions)
15. Rotterdam (1999 Demo of "All The Right Reasons")
16. Follow Me (2001 Demo by Tom O'Reagan)
17. In The Canyon (2001 Demo, Outtake from the "Rainy Day Music" Sessions)
18. Tailspin (2001 "Early Version" Demo from the "Rainy Day Music" Sessions)
19. I Think I've Had Enough (2001 Demo from the "Rainy Day Music" Sessions)
20. Help Me Forget (2001 Demo from the "Rainy Day Music" Sessions)

Tracks 2 to 6 and 11 to 20 are previously unreleased

"...Anthology..." is produced by JOHN JACKSON and PD LARSON (who also does the liner notes) with superb mastering by GREG CALBI at Sterling Sound in New York. The sound quality is really clean and musically upped a notch ("Blue" in particular is gorgeous - lyrics for this review above). The 26-page booklet gives detailed backgrounds to each song (especially the unreleased stuff) and even if the print is tiny, it makes for a really entertaining and informative read.

I'd expected the quality to dip on Disc 2, but for the most part it's actually a strong rival for the sheer melody of the songs on Disc 1. It's really impressive stuff. Fans will adore "Rotterdam" the demo version of "All The Right Reasons" (surely one of their strongest songs) while the "Poor Little Fish" alternate is them stretching out into soundscapes they normally wouldn't go anywhere near - and winning - I love it. Their cover of the Victoria Williams song "Lights" for her cancer relief CD project is both fantastically musical and poignant. The quirky videos for "Big Star" (bevies of babes petting the boys) and "Save It For A Rainy Day" (ballerina outfits and swimming pools) are just icing on an already rather cool little cupcake.

"Music From The North Country" is a superb overview of a great American band in the tradition of Big Star and R.E.M. - and classily done too. It truly is a shame that they're gone.

Recommended - big time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 1 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Truly brilliant. Worth getting even if you have all the CDs. As others have said, Disc 2 has some amazing tracks such as Won't be Coming Home, Stone Cold Mess (a fast early version of Break in the Clouds), and Lights, to name just a few.

A nice showcase for the superb quality of Louris & Olson.

Just to note, the DVD I received hasn't got the last two tracks shown here by Amazon (but does have I'd Run Away).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music from the North Country- Jayhawks, 1 May 2010
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This review is from: Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
Music from the North Country: the Best of the Jayhawks/Deluxe Edition/+DVD

Being a long term fan of this band I was in the usual quandry of whether to buy this album and duplicate a lot of material. In this form howver it is a winner as the added bonus DVD material rounds out the exercise very well with good quality promos and a couple of "mini live cameos" along for the ride as well. Disc two also contains unrealeased songs and examples of work in progress leter released in different or more polished forms.
I would recommend that if, like me, you were unsure about buying this for the reason above it is worth commiting your hard earned cash to this release.
To the tentative or first time listener this is a package I am damn sure you will not regret buying and you will duplicating the material the other way around!!
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