Chicagoan John Prine burst onto the early '70s singer-songwriter scene amid a flurry of completely justified hype. He was among the first of many artists pegged as "the new Dylan," but his combination of folk, country, and poetic-but-simple lyrics was completely his own. Over the years, his albums have featured rock and country shadings to varied degrees, but his inimitable writing style has remained consistent.
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: PRINE,JOHN Title: JOHN PRINE Street Release Date: 02/06/1990 Domestic Genre: ROCK/POP
Prine's 1971 self-titled debut set the tone for the rest of his career. A critical smash and a commercial disappointment, the record contains many of his best known compositions. Proving himself capable of tackling folk balladry, country, and rock with ease, Prine seems to spring into being as a fully formed singer-songwriter at age 24. Lyrically diverse, Prine offers topical songs such as "Sam Stone," the tale of a drug addicted Vietnam vet, achingly sad songs, such as the oft-covered "Angel from Montgomery," and, of course, his trademark wit gets ample time in the spotlight. Produced by the legendary Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Hall and Oates), the record is understated, letting Prine's comfy voice drive things. When needed, the famous house band at American Recording Studios in Memphis kicks in tasteful backing. --Ian Landau
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