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Editors’ Notes

It’s funny to think that John Prine was once considered one in a long line of “New Bob Dylans.” That’s just how the music industry saw young singer-songwriters back in the early ‘70s. Prine made his name early with tunes that established his own simple yet enigmatic way with a story. Unlike some forms of pop music that rely on physical dexterity and/or an awesome vocal range, Prine’s performances on this live collection make the case that some music improves with age. There’s a worn wisdom in Prine’s vocal that adds an extra gravity to “The Late John Garfield Blues,” “Paradise” and “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore.” As an added bonus, these songs often come with spoken intros where Prine lets you in on the song’s background or however else he’s feeling about things at the moment. It’s the equivalent of a front-row seat ticket to a show from a legendary music veteran. Whether he’s singing “Angel From Montgomery” or “Mexican Home,” the effect is chilling. Be thankful for what we’ve been given.

Customer Reviews

Typical John Prine.

Which means it's good beyond great. Writes the best lyrics around, and talks as good as he sings. He's old enough now to be called a national treasure, but he's way more fun than a trip to Mount Rushmore.

In Person & On Stage

Darn near good as being right there in the seats. John doesn't disappoint old fans or new ones with this record. This is a good example of modern day John Prine, By that I mean that while his writing is timeless, his voice has changed over the years; and yes, as John has joked, it has indeed improved. His voice has a wisdom-like quality to it that comes with age not to mention that a part of how his voice now sounds is due to his cancer years ago. As a fellow survivor I can also affirm that good things do come from this disease and John, and his voice, are great examples of this fact.

This record is a very good overview for those who have yet to experience John Prine in concert or who have not heard his music before and are wondering what all the fuss is about. I do hope he comes out with a second and third one like this that includes even more of his songs. You just don't grow tired of listening.

Nice job John!

Like being there with your eyes closed



Born: October 10, 1946 in Maywood, IL

Genre: Rock

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, IL. 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 music...
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