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Editors’ Notes

These early tapes of the Illinois singer/songwriter who, like many of his peers, was once dubbed a “new Bob Dylan,” spotlight a performer who was already a fully formed songwriter by the time he cut his first demo tape at a Chicago radio station in August 1970. “Sam Stone” is known here as “Great Society Conflict Veteran’s Blues,” while other classics such as “Hello in There,” “Souvenirs,” “Paradise,” and “Illegal Smile” were already part of his repertoire. The demo tapes are just Prine and his guitar, recorded while he was still a mailman (of which the title takes notice). “A Star, a Jewel, and a Hoax” is the only song that never made it to his official albums. The final 13 tracks are from a live show with a bassist several months later, with an appreciative audience lapping up Prine’s jovial stage banter; he covers Hank Williams’ “Hey Good Lookin’/Jambalaya” and performs some of the songs that would make him a legend.

Customer Reviews

The singing Mailman

This two cd set is a must for every John Prine fan. The first cd is made up of John Prine's early recordings, very raw, just him and his guitar in a studio. He is in great voice and the songs don't change much to what they will become on future recordings. The live recordings show his already great reppart, with his already large following.
Yes, it's all the songs you know, but a worthwhile addition. Side note, the tshirt is great...on the back says...John who? John Prine.

Old school Johnny!

From what I've listened to, it's awesome! Love the mix of studio and love recordings. Yay for another John Prine album!

Classic Prime during his prime.

Great collection for anyone who wants to dive into this mans body of work. Simple effective songwriting that you don't hear much of these days.


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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