Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics

Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics

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With the release of Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics, Blues Traveler completes its major-label trajectory. Signed to A&M Records in 1990, the group achieved modest but increasing sales with its first three albums, Blues Traveler, Travelers & Thieves, and Save His Soul, then hit the big time with the six-times-platinum Four and its Top Ten single "Run-Around." A concert album, Live from the Fall, and a studio follow-up, Straight on Till Morning, each went platinum, but then during a four-year break bassist Bob Sheehan died of a drug overdose and morbidly obese singer/harmonica player John Popper solved his chronic health problems by having his stomach stapled. When Blues Traveler returned to action in 2001 with Bridge, the disappointing sales led to a parting of ways with A&M. And here, as sure as death and taxes, is the "greatest hits" album. Blues Traveler didn't really have many hits in the conventional sense; in addition to "Run-Around," only "Hook" made the Top 40, while the band achieved significant airplay with "Conquer Me," a live version of "But Anyway" (the studio version is included here), "Carolina Blues," and "Most Precarious" (the most notable omission here). Compilation producer Mike Ragogna fills up the nearly 80-minute running time with such album tracks as "Mountain Cry," on which Popper duets with Gregg Allman, and "The Mountains Win Again," which features slide guitar work from Warren Haynes. The only rarity is the non-LP B-side "Regarding Steven." Blues Traveler fans may miss personal favorites, but this is a good one-disc summation of the band's A&M catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2002
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0606949074821
catalogNumber: 490748

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blues Traveler   Primary Artist
Gregg Allman   Hammond Organ,Vocals
Warren Haynes   Guitar
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Joe Flood   Mandolin
Brendan Hill   Percussion,Drums
Larry Hoppen   Organ
Chan Kinchla   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Arnie Lawrence   Soprano Saxophone
Chuck Leavell   Piano,Keyboards
John Popper   Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Human Whistle,Kalimba,Noise,Sounds,Barking,Irish Whistle,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Animal Sounds
Bobby Sheehan   Bass,Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,5-string Bass
Ben Wilson   Piano,Keyboards
Joan Osborne   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Blues Traveler   Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer
Jeff Lippay   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Producer,Engineer
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
Dave Swanson   Producer,Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Gene Foster   Engineer
Michael Fossenkemper   Engineer

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