Living a Little, Laughing a Little does a good job as an early-career summary, drawing material from each of his albums released from 1974 to 1985 -- Hangin' Around the Observatory, Overcoats, Slug Line, Two Bit Monster, All of a Sudden, Riding With the King, and Warming Up to the Ice Ages. For those who are only familiar with his critically acclaimed work from the late '80s on, this provides a introduction to the formative years and a facinating look at an man finding his voice -- from an average '70s-style singer-songwriter to a rocker a la Elvis Costello to the first hints of his better known, later rootsy incarnation. A 1985 interview and a track Hiatt contributed to the Cruisin' soundtrack have been added as bonus to those who already have the albums.
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AllMusic Review by Chris Woodstra
feat: Billy Pinnell