John Hiatt (plus...) - Alternate 'Slow Turning' (1987) [no label]
Slow Turning 4:13
Ride Along 4:33
Trudy and Dave 5:09
Icy Blue Heart 5:04
The Real One 5:52
Everybody's Girl 4:28
Where is the Next One Coming From? 5:03
Is Anybody There 5:59
Already Loved 6:27
please note: this recording, also known as "The Brown Album", is ultra rare and has never been released. Track 9 "Already Loved" was later officially released on an A&M Records 390 380-2 Single-CD, produced by John Chelew.
For his A&M debut, Hiatt assembled a small band comprised of his former associates Ry Cooder (guitar), Nick Lowe (bass) and Jim Keltner (drums). Recorded over the course of a handful of days, the resulting album, "Bring the Family" had a direct, stripped-down rootsy sound that differed greatly from his earlier albums. Upon its summer 1987 release, "Bring the Family" received the best reviews of his career and, for once, the reviews began to pay off, as the album turned into a cult hit, peaking at 107 on the U.S. charts; it was his first charting album. Hiatt attempted to record a follow-up with Cooder, Lowe, and Keltner, but the musicians failed to agree on the financial terms for the sessions.
Undaunted, he recorded an album with John Doe, David Lindley and Dave Mattacks, but he scrapped the completed project, deciding that the result was too forced. Hiatt's final attempt at recording the follow-up to "Bring the Family" was orchestrated by veteran producer Glyn Johns, who had him record with his touring band the Goners. Despite all of the behind-the-scenes troubles behind its recording, the follow-up album, Slow Turning, actually appeared rather quickly, arriving in the summer of 1988.