Aimless Love

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Aimless Love
Studio album by John Prine
Released 1984
Recorded Alpha Studios Inc., Burbank, CA, Jack's Tracks, Nashville, TN
Genre Folk, Alt-country, Americana
Label Oh Boy
Producer Steve Goodman, Jim Rooney, John Prine
John Prine chronology
Storm Windows
(1980)
Aimless Love
(1984)
German Afternoons
(1986)

Aimless Love is the eighth album by American folk singer and songwriter John Prine, released in 1984. It is his first release on his independent record label, Oh Boy Records. It is also his first to not chart.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote of the album "On this label debut, he is under no commercial pressures, but that seems to make him more low-key, less striking... his new sweetness, which is as winning as, if less impressive than, his witty older songs."[1] Music critic Robert Christgau wrote "The songs suggest that he's not reading True Love on the back cover for solace or satire. Only "The Bottomless Lake," copyrighted in 1977, falls into his wild-ass whimsy mode, and only the musically retiring "Maureen, Maureen" gets any more acerbic than that."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Be My Friend Tonight" (Prine, Roger Cook, Shel Silverstein) – 3:15
  2. "Aimless Love" (Prine) – 3:07
  3. "Me, Myself and I" (Prine, Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn) – 2:42
  4. "The Oldest Baby in the World" (Prine, Donnie Fritts) – 3:05
  5. "Slow Boat to China" (Prine, Bobby Whitlock, Linda Whitlock) – 3:46
  6. "The Bottomless Lake" (Prine) – 3:42
  7. "Maureen, Maureen" (Prine) – 3:16
  8. "Somewhere Someone's Falling in Love" (Prine, Fritts) – 3:04
  9. "People Puttin' People Down" (Prine) – 2:48
  10. "Unwed Fathers" (Prine, Bobby Braddock) – 3:30
  11. "Only Love" (Prine, Cook, Sandy Mason) – 3:29

Personnel[edit]

  • John Prine – vocals, guitar
  • Charles Cochran – organ, upright bass
  • Roger Cook – ukulele, background vocals
  • Philip Donnelly – guitar, background vocals
  • Stuart Duncan – mandolin
  • Chuck Fiore – bass
  • Steve Fishell – pedal steel, background vocals
  • Donnie Fritts – piano
  • Jack Grochmal – guitar, tambourine
  • Glen D. Hardin – piano
  • James Harrah – guitar (Electric)
  • Leo LeBlanc – guitar, pedal steel, bass
  • Kenny Malone – drums
  • Dee Murray – bass
  • Tony Newman – drums
  • Kevin Wells – drums
  • Bobby Whitlock – piano, organ, background vocals
  • Bobby Woods – piano
  • Spooner Oldham – piano
  • Rachel Peer-Prine – bass, harmony and background vocals, guitar
  • Dave Prine – fiddle
  • Jim Rooney – guitar
  • John Sebastian – harmonica, autoharp
  • Sandy Mason – background vocals
  • Jennifer Warnes – background vocals
  • Greg Prestopino – background vocals
  • Matthew Wilder – background vocals

Production notes:

  • Steve Goodman – producer
  • Jim Rooney – producer
  • John Prine – producer
  • Allen Reynolds – engineer
  • Hank Neuberger – engineer
  • Curtis Allen – engineer
  • Gary Brandt – engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Aimless Love > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Aimless Love > Review". Robert Christgau. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2011.