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Album: John Prine
# Song Title   Time
1)    Illegal Smile More Info... 0:03
2)    Spanish Pipedream More Info... 0:02
3)    Hello in There More Info... 0:04
4)    Sam Stone More Info... 0:04
5)    Paradise More Info... 0:03
6)    Pretty Good More Info... 0:03
7)    Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore More Info... 0:03
8)    Far from Me More Info... 0:03
9)    Angel from Montgomery More Info... 0:03
10)    Quiet Man More Info... 0:03
11)    Donald and Lydia More Info... 0:04
12)    Six O' Clock News More Info... 0:03
13)    Flashback Blues More Info... 0:02
 
Album: John Prine
# Song Title   Time
1)    Illegal Smile More Info... 0:03
2)    Spanish Pipedream More Info... 0:02
3)    Hello in There More Info... 0:04
4)    Sam Stone More Info... 0:04
5)    Paradise More Info... 0:03
6)    Pretty Good More Info... 0:03
7)    Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore More Info... 0:03
8)    Far from Me More Info... 0:03
9)    Angel from Montgomery More Info... 0:03
10)    Quiet Man More Info... 0:03
11)    Donald and Lydia More Info... 0:04
12)    Six O' Clock News More Info... 0:03
13)    Flashback Blues More Info... 0:02
 
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Tracks

1. Illegal Smile

2. Spanish Pipedream

3. Hello In There

4. Sam Stone

5. Paradise

6. Pretty Good

7. Your Flag Decal Won;T Get You Into Heaven Anymor

8. Far From Me

9. Angel From Ontgomery

10. Quiet Man

11. Donald And Lydia

12. Six O'clock News

13. Flashback Blues

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: John Prine (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, fiddle); Leo LeBlanc (guitar, steel guitar); Johnny Christopher, Reggie Young (guitar); Steve Goodman (acoustic guitar, gut-string guitar); Dave Prine, Noel Gilbert (fiddle); Bobby Wood (piano, keyboards); Bobby Emmons (organ, keyboards); Gene Chrisman (drums, tambourine); Bishop Heywood (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Arif Mardin.
  • Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY; American Recording Studios, Memphis, TN.
  • Photographers: Tom Wilkes ; Barry Feinstein.
  • There were a lot of "New Dylans" knocking around at the onset of the '70s, but Prine proved to be a powerful artistic voice in his own right, with plenty of staying power. His debut is full of the songs that inspired Kris Kristoffersson to help the young Chicago songwriter score a record deal. Largely based on country/folk traditions as filtered through the then-new "singer-songwriter" sound, Prine's tunes contain both wry humor and penetrating emotional insights. "Illegal Smile" is a light-hearted ode to marijuana and "Pretty Good" is an absurdist tale that manages to be both existential and sprightly at the same time.
  • The real gems here are the more personal character studies. "Hello in There" is a touching but completely unsentimental plea for understanding and kindness toward the elderly. "Sam Stone" is a harrowing, sharply observed portrait of a Vietnam vet. The most enduring song here is the gorgeous ballad "Angel From Montgomery," about a woman stuck in a bleak relationship, voicing her wish for deliverance. JOHN PRINE is one of the most auspicious debuts of the early '70s.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/23/71, p.64) - "...It's good to have such a fine new talent around who is both interesting and provocative. If he's this good this young, time should be on his side..."

Spin (p.101) - "[The] everyday detail and poetic imagery have the hallmarks of a natural genius."

Q (9/96, p.132) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...A rebirth of roots country with a fold troubadour delivery oft compared to Dylan, it touched on social issues with an acrid wit....Chock-full of classic performances and Prine's most noted songs...it's a biting collection that's just as moving today."
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