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Album Review

The songwriting team of Craig Fuller and George Powell was one of the finest in the business, and on Bustin' Out they made an album that is unequaled in country-rock. The songs are meditative portraits of relationships that aren't running smoothly but are still alive, and they sound autobiographical rather than something contrived to sell records. These tunes are presented with grace and unusual taste, the country guitars and vocal harmonies backed with astonishingly sympathetic string arrangements by Mick Ronson. Both lyrical and musical themes carry over from song to song — "Falling in and Out of Love" and "Amie" are really two halves of one suite, and there are echoes of that suite throughout the rest of the album. Despite the extraordinary beauty and intelligence of the music on this album, it was not immediately successful, and the already troubled band broke up after it was released. Nevertheless, the influence of Bustin' Out was profound, and one song in particular became a staple for bar bands everywhere. RCA re-released "Amie" as a single more than two years after the album came out, and it was a Top 30 hit. The revival of interest in Pure Prairie League led RCA to re-sign the group, alas without Craig Fuller. That hit status also led to a rediscovery of the merits of the rest of Bustin' Out, which is acknowledged to be one of the artistic high points in country-rock history.

Customer Reviews

its a shame

This is not the complete album. The best song was left out. How do i know this? Because i have the original album from when it was first released


In Pure Prairie League I found the sound that most clearly defines my taste in music. Songwriting team George Powell and Craig Fuller found a magical key in "Bustin' Out" that unlocked one of the most touching, beautiful, and unprecedented albums you will ever hear. Buy it, burn it, and take it for a ride over mountains and country roads. It will be an experience that you never forget.

An Amazing Classic that never grows old...

This is the complete "Bustin Out" album, as it existed on original 1972 vinyl and since the 80's on CD. (the other review is totally incorrect about a missing song) This was Pure Prairie League and singer/songwriter Craig Fuller's second RCA album. It is now also available on a remastered 2-fer CD along with their self-titled first RCA album (on the Acadia label in the UK). Craig Fuller later formed American Flyer, Fuller-Kaz, and joined Little Feat from 1987-1992. He re-formed Pure Prairie League recently for the great album "All In Good Time". Check It Out...


Formed: 1969 in Columbus, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Despite significant personnel changes, Pure Prairie League maintained itself as a successful country-rock band during the 1970s and early '80s, releasing ten albums and enjoying hits -- including "Amie" and "Let Me Love You Tonight" -- with different configurations of the group. Pure Prairie League was formed in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Craig Fuller (born July 18, 1949, in Portsmouth, Ohio), singer/guitarist George Powell, bass player Jim Lanham, and drummer Tom McGrail,...
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