The Jayhawks

Settled Down Like Rain

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Def American's second must-have promotional release in conjunction with the Jayhawks' essential label debut, Hollywood Town Hall, appends the titular album track with a handful of exemplary live cuts previously available on a pair of import singles. What's weird is that the live material -- recorded on Valentine's Day 1993 at Chicago's Metro -- is presented in reverse sequential order, so that the show-opening "Martin's Song" appears last and the encore reading of Tim Hardin's perennial "Reason to Believe" is up first. Simple CD programming renders the argument moot, and to be certain, it's worth the additional effort to hear the performance in its proper context -- "Sister Cry" and "Settled Down Like Rain" are even better than in their original album versions, and "Ain't No End" (taken from the Jayhawks' previous LP, The Blue Earth) plumbs new reserves of forlorn beauty.

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