John Prine (album)

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John Prine
Studio album by John Prine
Released 1971
Recorded American Sound Studio, Memphis, except "Paradise," recorded at A&R Studios, New York City
Genre Folk music
Length 44:07
Label Atlantic
Producer Arif Mardin
John Prine chronology
John Prine
(1971)
Diamonds in the Rough
(1972)

John Prine was the first album by American country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine, issued by Atlantic Records in 1971. In 2003, the album was ranked number 458 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (A) [2]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [3]

Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote of the album: "A revelation upon its release, this album is now a collection of standards... Prine's music, a mixture of folk, rock, and country, is deceptively simple, like his pointed lyrics, and his easy vocal style adds a humorous edge that makes otherwise funny jokes downright hilarious."[1] Music critic Robert Christgau wrote: "You suspect at first that these standard riffs and reliable rhythms are designed to support the lyrics rather than accompany them. But the homespun sarcasm of singing that comes on as tuneless as the tunes themselves soon reveals itself as an authentic, rather catchy extension of Nashville and Appalachia--and then so do the tunes, and the riffs, and the rhythms."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Prine.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Illegal Smile" – 3:10
  2. "Spanish Pipedream" – 2:37
  3. "Hello in There" – 4:29
  4. "Sam Stone" – 4:14
  5. "Paradise" – 3:10
  6. "Pretty Good" – 3:36

Side two[edit]

  1. "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore" – 2:51
  2. "Far from Me" – 3:38
  3. "Angel from Montgomery" – 3:43
  4. "Quiet Man" – 2:50
  5. "Donald and Lydia" – 4:27
  6. "Six O'Clock News" – 2:49
  7. "Flashback Blues" – 2:33

Personnel[edit]

On all songs except "Paradise" and "Flashback Blues":

  • John Prine – vocals and acoustic guitar
  • Reggie Young – lead guitar
  • Leo LeBlanc – pedal steel guitar
  • John Christopher – rhythm guitar
  • Bobby Emmons – organ
  • Bobby Wood – pianos
  • Mike Leach – bass
  • Gene Chrisman – drums
  • Heywood Bishop (incorrectly credited on the album as "Bishop Heywood") – percussion

On "Paradise":

  • John Prine – lead vocal and acoustic guitar
  • Steve Goodman – harmony vocal and acoustic guitar
  • Dave Prine – fiddle
  • Neil Rosengarden – bass

On "Flashback Blues":

  • John Prine – vocal and acoustic guitar
  • Steve Goodman – acoustic guitar
  • Noel Gilbert – fiddle
  • Mike Leach – bass
  • Heywood Bishop – drums
  • Gene Chrisman – tambourine

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Pop Albums 154

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "John Prine > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "John Prine > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ John Prine > Review. Rolling Stone. 
  • John Prine liner notes.

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