Bruised Orange

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Bruised Orange
Studio album by John Prine
Released 1978
Recorded January–March 1978 at Chicago Recording Company
Genre Folk, Alt-country, Americana
Label Asylum
Producer Steve Goodman
John Prine chronology
Prime Prine: The Best of John Prine
Bruised Orange
Pink Cadillac

Bruised Orange is the fifth album by American folk singer and songwriter John Prine, released in 1978.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote of the album "Despite some brilliant songs, Prine's followup albums to his stunning debut were uneven until this... "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone," perhaps the best depiction ever written of life on the road in the entertainment business."[1] Music critic Robert Christgau wrote "Here Prine sounds like he's singing us bedtime stories, and while the gently humorous mood is attractive, at times it makes this "crooked piece of time that we live in" seem as harmless and corny as producer Steve Goodman's background moves; no accident that the closer.. and just to prove he's still got the stuff he collaborates with Phil Spector on a surefire standard: "If You Don't Want My Love," with lyrics worthy of its title."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Prine; except where indicated.

  1. "Fish And Whistle" – 3:14
  2. "There She Goes" – 3:24
  3. "If You Don't Want My Love" (Prine, Phil Spector) – 3:05
  4. "That's The Way That The World Goes 'Round" – 3:20
  5. "Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow)" – 5:21
  6. "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone" – 2:53
  7. "Aw Heck" – 2:20
  8. "Crooked Piece of Time" – 2:52
  9. "Iron Ore Betty" – 2:42
  10. "The Hobo Song" – 3:31


  • John Prine – vocals, background vocals, guitar
  • Jethro Burns – mandolin
  • John Burns – guitar, background vocals
  • Sam Bush – guitar, background vocals
  • Bob Hoban – piano
  • Bob Horne – keyboards, background vocals
  • Leo LeBlanc – dobro, guitar, pedal steel guitar
  • Howard Levy – piano, accordion, keyboards, saxophone
  • Steve Goodman – guitar, background vocals, harmony vocals
  • Tom Radtke – drums, percussion
  • Steve Rodby – bass
  • Jim Rothermel – clarinet, saxophone, recorder, penny whistle
  • Corky Siegel – harmonica, piano
  • Mike Utley – organ, piano
  • Don Shelton – background vocals
  • Diane Holmes – background vocals
  • Len Dresslar – background vocals
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott – background vocals
  • Bob Bowker – background vocals
  • Jackson Browne – background vocals
  • Kitty Haywood – background vocals
  • Bonnie Herman – background vocals
  • Vicki Hubley – background vocals
  • Bonnie Koloc – background vocals

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1978 Billboard Pop Albums 116


  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Bruised Orange > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Bruised Orange > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved July 9, 2011.