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Lost Dogs + Mixed Blessings

John Prine

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Produced by Howie Epstein, Lost Dogs + Mixed Blessings was a new approach for John Prine. The band features master players from the L.A. studio scene, including guitarist Waddy Wachtel, multi-instrumentalist John Jorgenson, keyboardist Benmont Tench, and bassist Bob Glaub. Unsurprisingly, the result sounds more than a little like '90s-era Tom Petty; that's not a bad thing, especially on “Lake Marie,” “Same Thing Happened to Me," and “New Train.” The nondescript production of “We Are the Lonely” disguises what are easily some of Prine’s most hilariously self-deprecating lyrics: “White divorced swinging male/Seeks company to no avail/Worthless ruthless toothless man/Wants wealthy woman with a plan.” As much as fans and producers might want to try out new styles on Prine, there's no denying the effect of “Day Is Done,” “This Love Is Real," and “He Forgot That It Was Sunday,” which essentially feature his voice and an acoustic guitar. Such songs provide a pleasure equal to watching fresh bread rise in a clay oven. But the real jewel is the closer, “I Love You So Much It Hurts,” a sweetly askew piano ballad worthy of Nilsson or Newman.

Customer Reviews


The best of John Prine - well produced- Thank you John

This cd is a gem!

This was my first intro to John Prine over ten years ago now. The lyrics are full of double-entendre that range from fun to serious. The music is wonderful. "This Love Is Real" is an amazing duet with Marianne Faithful. I'd recommend the whole darned cd, instead of trying to pick and choose songs. There is only one song here that I skip over. It is rare to get so much excellent music all on one cd.

Lost dogs and Mixed blessings

i have been a jon prine fan for some time and i can honestly say that i loved this album. different from most of his earlier work but not a let down at all. i saw him in concert at a small show close to home promoting this album. his performance was better than the album itself. long live prine and his artful and heartfelt lyrics.


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...
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