Since John Hiatt and the major labels decided to go their separate ways around the turn of the century, his approach to record making has been direct and organic; most of his albums have sounded as if Hiatt and his sidemen put them together without a lot of fuss, placing the emphasis squarely on Hiatt's dependably strong material and tough, flinty vocal style. But 2011's Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns is a more polished and ambitious affair than Hiatt has delivered in years. The sessions were produced by Kevin Shirley, who has previously worked with Aerosmith, the Black Crowes, Dream Theater, and Journey, and though his approach isn't especially intrusive, the sound of this record is certainly more luxurious, with the guitars sounding bigger, the drums booming a bit louder, and strings and keyboards decorating several tracks and the arrangements, gaining a greater sense of drama along the way.
As songwriters, this Liverpool band couldn't match Lennon & McCartney-but the crowd at the Cavern Club knew 'em as one of the hottest bands in town. Here are their 1964 hits Hippy Hippy Shake; Good Golly Miss Molly, and You're No Good; their spins on Tutti Frutti; Shake, Rattle & Roll; Long Tall Sally, and more!