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John Prine

Postby Arlene » Fri Jan 28, 2005 7:04 pm

Is anyone out there a John Prine fan? I know he's not for everyone but I think he's one of the great song writers of our time-- Angel From Montgomery, Hello In There, Paradise, Speed of the Sound of Loneliness, Souvenirs... Anyway, I just read that on April 26th he'll be releasing his first album of new material in 9 YEARS. See http://www.ohboy.com/news.html
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Postby Turk » Fri Jan 28, 2005 7:49 pm

John Prine has grown on me over the years. I have to put him in the same class as Dylan. Great storytellers. I loved the album and the "Sessions at West 54th" where Iris DeMent appears. I thought JP was great in the movie he did with Billy Bob Thornton, "Daddy and Them".
"Hello in There" kills me.
"Sam Stone" is one of the saddest yet most realistic songs about the horrific effects the Vietnam war had on so many.

There's a hole in daddy's arm where all the money goes
Jesus Christ died for nothin' I suppose.
Little pitchers have big ears
Don't stop to count the years
Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios
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Postby ScottG » Fri Jan 28, 2005 9:45 pm

What a great idea. Let me put in the Prine Anthology.

He's one funny dude as well... Please Dont Bury Me, Dear Abby, Illegal Smile....
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Postby notalone » Sat Jan 29, 2005 7:32 am

Totally agree. John Prine is one of my favorites of all time. Right up there with Hank Williams and Bob Dylan.By the way, if you like Prine check out Todd Snider: East Nashville Skyline.
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Postby jenfrazzle » Sun Jan 30, 2005 9:03 pm

holy crap you just reminded me of this old john prine cd that i used to LOVE. someone gave it to me many many years ago...where has it gone to? it had some great live songs...angel from montgomery with bonnie raitt, illegal smile, and some song that i absolutely adored...something about "come back to us barbara lewis hare krishna beauregard" or something. crap, now i have to go find that cd NOW!!!
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Postby notalone » Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:14 pm

Fair and Square

Although the release date is April 26, his label, Oh Boy, is already sending out orders.

Predictions:
1 No Depression Cover
2 Christgau (Village Voice) Pick Hit
3 Grammy Winner

Easily the best Folk/Alternative Country/Singer-Songwriter CD this year.
Guest Vocals include Mindy Smith and Alison Krauss.
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Postby karla » Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:17 pm

I picked up Fair & Square last night and only got half way through, but so far - FANTASTIC!

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Postby Arlene » Sat Jul 09, 2005 3:59 pm

To hear John Prine on World Cafe, go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=4727365
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Postby notalone » Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:14 am

Village Voice: Wasn't a "Pick Hit" but an "Honorable Mention"

notalone wrote:Fair and Square

Although the release date is April 26, his label, Oh Boy, is already sending out orders.

Predictions:
1 No Depression Cover
2 Christgau (Village Voice) Pick Hit
3 Grammy Winner

Easily the best Folk/Alternative Country/Singer-Songwriter CD this year.
Guest Vocals include Mindy Smith and Alison Krauss.
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Postby Hugues » Fri Feb 10, 2006 4:31 am

One of my fave Americans. With Billy Joe Shaver, Steve Young, Terry Allen and, all things reckoned, many others. :)

He also sings "Clay Pigeons" on Fair & Square, one of the best songs ever, written by the late Blaze Foley, another one who can break you to tears, and who was sadly killed in 1989. For those who wouldn't know, Blaze Foley is the man Lucinda Williams talks about in her "Drunken Angel" song (from Car Wheels On A Gravel Road).

I have several John Prine albums. The latest is very good (great sound, nice songs, moving voice). Actually John Prine sang always better with each album in my opinion. I love his voice so much better now. I understand one could not bear the early albums because of his vocals, though the songs are probably his best material (especially his first self-titled album and Sweet Revenge). One album that has as great songs as great vocals is Bruised Orange, so it may be my personal favorite so far.

Some of my favorite songs are:

Hello In There
Sam Stone
Donald & Lydia
Souvenirs
Sour Grapes
Blue Umbrella
A Good Time
Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone
The Hobo Song
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Postby Turk » Fri Feb 10, 2006 5:41 am

It's good to see this thread catch a spark, prompting me to get out German Afternoons. I love this record.
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness was also covered by Nanci Griffith.
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Postby notalone » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:35 pm

Just wanted to bump this John Prine thread.
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Postby bivester » Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:04 pm

notalone wrote:Just wanted to bump this John Prine thread.

sorry, i looked/searched and couldn't find one. if i had, i wouldn't have started another.
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Postby Browncoat » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:02 pm

Jeffrey Foucault's collection of John Prine covers, Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes is now available online at http://signaturesounds.com/onlinestore/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=388 (allow the store application to load).

It's a really fantastic album. I'm still going through my first listen, but I can already tell it's going to be in heavy rotation.
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