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John Prine - John Prine

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    There were a lot of "New Dylans" knocking around at the onset of the '70s, but Prine proved to be a powerful artistic voice in his own right, with plenty of staying power. His debut is full of the songs that inspired Kris Kristoffersson to help the you......more

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Artist: Prine, John
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There were a lot of "New Dylans" knocking around at the onset of the '70s, but Prine proved to be a powerful artistic voice in his own right, with plenty of staying power. His debut is full of the songs that inspired Kris Kristoffersson to help the young Chicago songwriter score a record deal. Largely based on country/folk traditions as filtered through the then-new "singer-songwriter" sound, Prine's tunes contain both wry humor and penetrating emotional insights. "Illegal Smile" is a light-hearted ode to marijuana and "Pretty Good" is an absurdist tale that manages to be both existential and sprightly at the same time. The real gems here are the more personal character studies. "Hello in There" is a touching but completely unsentimental plea for understanding and kindness toward the elderly. "Sam Stone" is a harrowing, sharply observed portrait of a Vietnam vet. The most enduring song here is the gorgeous ballad "Angel From Montgomery," about a woman stuck in a bleak relationship, voicing her wish for deliverance. JOHN PRINE is one of the most auspicious debuts of the early '70s.
See Also:
Live, John Prine, Great Days: The John Prine Anthology, Diamonds in the Rough, The Missing Years
See Influences:
Roger Miller (Country), Johnny Cash, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams
See Contemporaries:
John Hiatt, James McMurtry, Jesse Winchester, Guy Clark, David Bromberg, Todd Snider, Freedy Johnston, Peter Karp, Kinky Friedman, Iris DeMent, Tom Petty, Steve Goodman, Keb' Mo', Warren Zevon, Paul Simon, Michael Peter Smith, Bruce Cockburn, Steve Forbert, Willis Alan Ramsey, Randy Newman, Peter Case, Lyle Lovett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Tom Rush, Loudon Wainwright III, John Stewart, Ry Cooder, Sam Baker, David Allan Coe, Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Kris Kristofferson, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt, David Crosby, Eric Andersen, Jerry Jeff Walker
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Illegal Smile
  2. 2 Spanish Pipedream
  3. 3 Hello in There
  4. 4 Sam Stone
  5. 5 Paradise
  6. 6 Pretty Good
  7. 7 Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore
  8. 8 Far From Me
  9. 9 Angel From Montgomery
  10. 10 Quiet Man
  11. 11 Donald and Lydia
  12. 12 Six O'Clock News
  13. 13 Flashback Blues
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Subgenre:
Singer/Songwriter
Label:
Atlantic Records
Producer:
Arif Mardin
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
44 : 28
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (12/23/71, p.64) - "...It's good to have such a fine new talent around who is both interesting and provocative. If he's this good this young, time should be on his side..." Spin (p.101) - "[The] everyday detail and poetic imagery have the hallmarks of a natural genius." Q (9/96, p.132) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...A rebirth of roots country with a fold troubadour delivery oft compared to Dylan, it touched on social issues with an acrid wit....Chock-full of classic performances and Prine's most noted songs...it's a biting collection that's just as moving today."
UPC:
075678154126
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  • Wonderful album

    If you are a fan of folk music, Americana, or just good music...you will really enjoy this album. John Prine is raw, packed with emotion, and doesn't take himself too seriously. He's a fantastic songwriter. I learned all of these songs from my mom when I was little. She played her Gibson and sang them probably weekly. They just never get old for me.

  • I recieved the John Prine cd in a timely manner. and as for quality it is very good. I will order more cd's for overstock. Thank you Russ

    Anonymous from Roseburg,OR, Jan 30, 2006

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