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John Hiatt - My Kind Of Town (2013)
[Gold Fish GOLF003]

duration: 1:17:52
  1. It'll Come To You    4:25
  2. Drive South    5:38
  3. Paper Thin    4:41
  4. Hold My Baby Tight    6:59
  5. Child Of The Wild Blue Yonder    7:49
  6. Straight Outta Time    6:20
  7. A Thing Called Love    6:54
  8. Cross My Fingers    3:56
  9. Feels Like Rain    5:56
  10. Have a Little Faith in Me    5:09
  11. Perfectly Good Guitar    5:26
  12. Seven Little Indians    5:03
  13. Bring Back Your Love To Me    4:17
  14. Rock Back Billy    5:19

The Lost 1993 Chicago Broadcast
once released as a bootleg more here

My Kind Of Town: The Lost 1993 Chicago Broadcast was another U.K. release that proffered a previously bootlegged concert, this one performed in June of '93 by Hiatt and the Guilty Dogs. (My Kind Of Town is at least the fourth live Hiatt release recorded during that year with that band). This CD was also sourced from a radio broadcast, this one on Chicago's WXRT-FM; it was recorded at Grant Park in that city. The Guilty Dogs were made up of guitarist Michael Ward (formerly of School Of Fish and later of the Wallflowers) and two ex-Cracker members: bassist Davey Faragher and drummer Michael Urbano.

This backing trio gave Hiatt's music a kind of '90's alternative rock hipness, which worked to good advantage on most of the songs (especially the ones from the Perfectly Good Guitar album, which the Guilty Dogs played on), but seemed inappropriate for some of the more country-based tracks (i.e. "Drive South", "Child of the Wild Blue Yonder"). My Kind Of Town certainly doesn't disappoint, but if you already own Hiatt Comes Alive At Budokan and/or Live From Austin Tx and/or Live At The Hiatt, then the first 11 tracks on this CD basically offer more of the same with more casual presentation.

However, the last three "bonus" tracks were recorded three years earlier with a different band, during Hiatt's 1990 Stolen Moments tour. On these three tracks ("Seven Little Indians", "Bring Back Your Love To Me", and "Rock Back Billy"), Hiatt comes across as a more "mature" adult-alternative performer, a mellowed-out middle-aged artist who hadn't yet started hanging with those rowdy young Guilty Dogs hipsters. Showing this more common side of Hiatt that is oddly under-represented on his live releases, these three tracks give My Kind Of Town some extra value.

review by Rarebird's Rock and Roll Rarity Reviews