Y'all caught?

 The ones that got away 1979-1985


1989, september, Geffen

LP. 924-247-1
  CAS. 924-247-2


CD. 924-247-4

The crush

(from warming up to the ice age)

4:09 30 seconds preview

She said the same thing to me

(from warming up to the ice age)

4:00 30 seconds preview

Love like blood

(from riding with the king)

3:51 30 seconds preview

Slug line

(from slug line)

2:58 30 seconds preview

She loves the jerk

(from warming up to the ice age)

3:37 30 seconds preview
6 My edge of the razor

(from all of a sudden)

4:23 30 seconds preview

Pink bedroom

(from two bit monsters)

2:52 30 seconds preview

It hasn't happened yet

(from two bit monsters)

3:30 30 seconds preview

Radio girl

(from slug line)

2:54 30 seconds preview

I look for love

(from all of a sudden)

3:34 30 seconds preview

Washable ink

(from slug line)

3:19 30 seconds preview

Riding with the king

(from warming up to the ice age)

4:19 30 seconds preview

When we ran

(from warming up to the ice age)

4:40 30 seconds preview

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Mastered: Dan Hersh
Mastering: David Donnelly
Titel inspiration: Dave Ranson
art direction & design: glenn parson
photography: jim maguire
logo illustration: roger beerworth

will botwin

side one management



  • All songs written by John Hiatt.

liner notes

i always thought that the greatest thing you could do as a musician was to accompany a great singer. you can really take a trip with a voice. but the chance to go into the realm of a person language that moves you and involves you as well; to play beyond the notes and the groove and the structure. into the song experience. that just doesn't happen very often at all. you want to cut some neurological pathways into your music brain and make some room where something really good can happen. it's like surfing.

i can truly say that i have done some good surfing behind john Hiatt's great songs. his meat-on-the-bone guitar playing, and his fuel-injector voice. he's the real thing, and I've met a few, but only a few. now, playing good music doesn't always make good records - the funny little time warp doesn't necessarily make it from the air to the tape to the record, but john has a focus and an intensity that eats the machines so you all can get down and surf in your home.

ry cooder



Bypassing 1974's Hanging Around the Observatory and 1975's Overcoats, Y'all Caught? is still an enjoyable collection of John Hiatt's early-'80s material, taking some of the best tracks from albums such as Slug Line, Two Bit Monsters, and Warming up to the Ice Age. Hiatt's blues-based guitar playing and down-home songwriting wonderfully rises to the surface throughout these 13 songs, spotlighting his material before he took on a more commercial rock & roll sound. The rustic simplicity of songs such as "Love Like Blood" and "Pink Bedroom," the latter covered by Roseanne Cash, is helped along by Hiatt's countrified vocal yammering and the looseness of his guitar strumming. 1979's Slug Line is represented by the title track, as well as "Radio Girl" and the solemn-sounding "Washable Ink," eventually covered by the Neville Brothers. Slightly more poetic and intricate than Hiatt's usual work, these tracks signify a change in his style, with catchier hooks and a slant toward a more modern rock feel. 1983's Riding With the King spawned both the title track and "Love Like Blood," both with the help of musician/producer Nick Lowe. "Riding With the King" was redone superbly almost 17 years later by the tandem of B.B. King and Eric Clapton on their collaborated album. Hiatt's more radio-friendly persona begins to take shape on tunes like "She Said the Same Things to Me" and "The Crush" from Warming Up to the Ice Age, as his guitar playing and lyrical makeup tends to grow flashier, busier, and less laid-back than the material that made up most of his career to that point. In 1987, Hiatt released Bring the Family, one of his best albums, which was where he united blues and rock to perfection, thus starting the second part of his career with a string of successful albums. As far as compilations go, Y'all Caught is a friendly romp through Hiatt's early days and is good to have in the collection.