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John Hiatt - Beneath This Gruff Exterior (Bonus CD) (2003)

duration: 11:05
  1. Uncommon Connection    3:38  
  2. Missing Pieces    4:09  
  3. Almost Fed Up With The Blues    3:18  

Limited edition Bonus CD with 3 unreleased recordings!
(original two-track demos)

Hiatt worked with the Goners again for the 2003 album Beneath This Gruff Exterior, which is currently in print. It was the most fiery album Hiatt had released in a decade, and it took him nearly another decade to match that fire again.

A limited edition promo CD connected to this release contained the original demos of three of the album's tracks: the excited "Uncommon Connection" and "Almost Fed Up With the Blues", and the introspective ballad "Missing Pieces".

The sound of these demos is much like the acoustic, drumless sound of the Crossing Muddy Waters album. But Hiatt's vocals are just as impassioned here as they are on the finished album tracks, making these demos the virtual equals of their fully realized counterparts.

review by Rarebird's Rock and Roll Rarity Reviews