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Beginning in 1971, John Prine released an album a year. By 1976—when the retrospective collection Prime Prine was released—the former Chicago postman was a cult hero and a songwriter’s songwriter, on par with Townes Van Zandt or Guy Clark. “The sad songs almost haunting,” wrote DJ Pat Dawson in the original liner notes to Prime Prine, “the funny ones like a sardonic private joke between author and listener.” Though it leaves out the wooly, off-the-cuff atmosphere that one gets from listening to his full albums, Prime Prine is an excellent primer on Prine’s early songwriting. All 12 songs were composed before he turned 30, and each offers a distinctive perspective: on the world, on relationships, on family. He's simultaneously wry yet tender, truthful yet eccentric, charming yet strangely obscure. For pure heartbreak go to “Sam Stone,” “Souvenirs," and “Hello in There.” For comic relief, try “Please Don’t Bury Me” and “Dear Abby." And for that distinctive and intangible quality unique to Prine, see “Sweet Revenge,” “Illegal Smile," and "Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard.”

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MYKAL JAXSON-the real one not the disco freak!!!

I would like to have a nickel for every shot of sour mash I drank while listening to this album with my bros from Nam!!

Prime Prine

Entertaining Dylan like music.

Prime Prine

With out a doubt one of my favorite albums from John Prine or anyone else. No one captures living life like he does.


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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