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Album Review

A revelation upon its release, this album is now a collection of standards: "Illegal Smile," "Hello in There," "Sam Stone," "Donald and Lydia," and, of course, "Angel from Montgomery." 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.

Customer Reviews

Great collection of songs.

One of my all time favorite albums. I was 16 when this album came out. Early 70’s definitely had the best music all around!

Oh Boy Records!

He definitely deserves more credit than he does now. My parents raised me on his stuff and I'm about to be 20. He was one of my first concerts and is still awesome to see live! Does anyone remember watching him on SNL? So humorous and also deep.

Great debut for a great artist

John Prine is one of the best folk singer songwriters ever and still active over 40 years after this debut.
He's put out a lot of great songs over the years but this still remains my favorite album.
Every song is a lyrical masterpiece from the upbeat and comical to the melancholy and thoughtful, it runs the gambit of emotions.


Born: October 10, 1946 in Maywood, IL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An acclaimed singer/songwriter whose literate work flirted with everything from acoustic folk to rockabilly to straight-ahead country, John Prine was born October 10, 1946, in Maywood, Illinois. Raised by parents firmly rooted in their rural Kentucky background, at age 14 Prine began learning to play the guitar from his older brother while taking inspiration from his grandfather, who had played with Merle Travis. After a two-year tenure in the U.S. Army, Prine became a fixture on the Chicago folk...
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