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Hootie & the Blowfish’s “Cracked Rear View” getting 25th anniversary deluxe-reissue treatment


RhinoThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Cracked Rear View, the 21-times platinum debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish. To mark the milestone, a deluxe version of the record will be released next month.

The Cracked Rear View: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be available on May 31 as a three-CD/DVD set and a two-CD collection. Digital and streaming versions are also being released.

The three-CD/DVD version features a remastered version of Cracked Rear View, rare and unreleased studio and live recordings — including the band's 1992 EP Kootchypop — and an entire recording of a 1995 concert the band played in Pittsburgh a few weeks after the original album was certified gold.

The DVD features all the original music videos released in connection with the album, plus surround-sound mixes and hi-res stereo mixes. There are also liner notes written by Tim Sommer, who signed the band to Atlantic Records in 1993.

Released on July 5, 1994, Cracked Rear View topped the U.S. chart and spun off four huge hits: "Hold My Hand," "Only Wanna Be with You," "Time" and "Let Her Cry." It also won the band two Grammys: Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance Duo/Group.

Hootie & the Blowfish will kick off their Group Therapy tour with Barenaked Ladies on May 30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Here's the track listing for the package:

Disc One: Original Album Remastered

"Hannah Jane"
"Hold My Hand"
"Let Her Cry"
"Only Wanna Be with You"
"Running from an Angel"
"I'm Goin' Home"
"Look Away"
"Not Even the Trees"

Disc Two: B-sides, Outtakes, Pre-LP Independent Recordings

"All That I Believe"*
"I Go Blind"
"Almost Home"
"Fine Line"
"Where Were You"
"Hey, Hey What Can I Do"
"The Old Man and Me" — Kootchypop Version
"Hold My Hand" — Kootchypop Version
"If You're Going My Way" — Kootchypop Version
"Sorry's Not Enough" — Kootchypop Version
"Only Wanna Be with You" — Kootchypop Version
"Running from an Angel" — 1991 Version
"Time" — 1991 Version
"Let Her Cry" — 1991 Version
"Drowning" — 1991 Version
"I Don't Understand"
"Little Girl"
"Look Away" — 1990 Version
"Let My People Go"
"Hold My Hand" — 1990 Version

Disc Three: Live at Nick's Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA, February 3, 1995

"Hannah Jane"
"I Go Blind"*
"Not Even the Trees"*
"If You're Going My Way"*
"Look Away"*
"Fine Line"*
"Let Her Cry"*
"Motherless Child"*
"I'm Goin' Home"*
"Use Me"
"Running from an Angel"*
"Sorry's Not Enough"*
"The Old Man and Me"*
"Only Wanna Be with You"*
"The Ballad of John and Yoko"
"Hold My Hand"*
"Love the One You're With"*

DVD 5.1 Surround Sound Mix Of The Original Album

Hi-Res 24/96 Bonus Tracks
"All That I Believe"
"I Go Blind"
"Almost Home"
"Fine Line"
"Where Were You"

The Videos
"Hold My Hand"
"Let Her Cry"
"Only Wanna Be with You"
"Drowning" — Live

* = previously unreleased.

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