Yep Roc Records
Vinyl Box Sets
|No. of Discs:||15|
15LP box set + 48-page book — the definitive collection of John Hiatt's music!
Eleven albums spread across 16 LPs, all pressed on 180-gram vinyl!
Includes four records on vinyl for the first time: Crossing Muddy Waters, The Tiki Bar Is Open, Beneath This Gruff Exterior, and Master Of Disaster
Leatherette briefcase complete with buckle, handle and gold foil stamping holds the records, book
48-page book features rare photos, liner from Ry Cooder, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Patterson Hood, Sonny Landreth, James McMurty, Luther Dickinson, David Immerglück and more
"It's amazing. Twenty years. We packed a lot in, musically speaking," John Hiatt says.
Hiatt reflects on his career over the last two decades as he prepares to celebrate the release of Only the Song Survives, a massive vinyl box set that honors his career from 2000's Crossing Muddy Waters through 2018's The Eclipse Sessions — 11 albums in total. "That means I started out with the records in this box set when I was about 47 years old," Hiatt tells The Boot with a chuckle in his voice, somewhat shocked at what he just said.
"I was still in my 40s, for goodness sake," he adds. "I was a child, just a kid trying to make a buck."
Only the Song Survives highlights Hiatt's tenacious work ethic. "I was busy," he admits. "I was busy, and I really got going in 2000." Each of the box set's records (listed below) is pressed on high-quality, 180-gram wax, and they're all housed in a gorgeous leatherette briefcase, complete with gold stamping, buckle and handle.
"I was completely kept in the dark. My manager, Ken Levitan, and the folks at New West Records put it together," Hiatt says of the curation and creation of Only the Song Survives. "It's really flattering. I'm excited to see it. Hell, I might buy one!"
New West is not only involved with the release of the box set, but they, too, are being celebrated, as all but two of the set's LPs were originally released on the label; in fact, the relationship Hiatt has with New West Records is the longest he's had with any record label. On top of that, four of the albums in the set have never been pressed on vinyl, making this release much more than a greatest hits collection: Only the Song Survives is the definitive collection of Hiatt's career over the last 20 years, 11 LPs spread out over 15 vinyl discs.
"Isn't that great?" Hiatt says when he thinks about listening to Crossing Muddy Waters, The Tiki Bar Is Open, Beneath This Gruff Exterior and Master of Disaster on vinyl, all for the first time. "I've got a turntable and a pair of powered speakers. It's nothing fancy, but it feels great to plunk that needle down ... It's going to be great to hear some of these records on that turntable."
|Crossing Muddy Waters (2000)|
|The Tiki Bar Is Open (2001)|
|Beneath This Gruff Exterior (2003)|
|Master Of Disaster (2005)|
|Live From Austin TX (2005)|
|Same Old Man (2008)|
|The Open Road (2010)|
|Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (2011)|
|Mystic Pinball (2012)|
|Terms of My Surrender (2014)|
|The Eclipse Sessions (2018)|