John Prine

CROOKED PIECE OF TIME: THE ATLANTIC & ASYLUM ALBUMS (1971 – 1980)


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John Prine, who passed away in April, was one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters of his generation and recipient of the 2020 Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award. Considered a true folk-singer, Prine was known for his raspy voice and equally admired for his unique songwriting ability. Rolling Stone once dubbed him “The Mark Twain of American songwriting.” His career spanned over five decades, during which he created witty and sincere country-folk music, that drew from his Midwestern American roots and incorporated sounds from rockabilly, R&B and rock 'n' roll.

The seven-CD set includes the following albums presented in mini-LP replica sleeves and newly-remastered: John Prine (1971), Diamonds In The Rough (1972), Sweet Revenge (1973), Common Sense (1975), Bruised Orange (1978), Pink Cadillac (1979) and Storm Windows (1980). The clamshell box also contains poster inserts and a 20-page booklet with new liner notes written by acclaimed music journalist David Fricke. The cover art, commissioned especially for the set, is a painting by artist Joshua Petker that’s based on a photo of Prine taken by Jim Shea.

Crooked Piece Of Time – which takes its name from a song on Bruised Orange – represents an essential and timeless American songbook and includes tracks that have become modern-day folk and country standards like: “Hello In There,” “Sam Stone,” “Illegal Smile,” “Angel From Montgomery,” “Paradise” and “That’s The Way The World Goes Round.” The expansive collection also contains favorites like: “Far From Me,” “Dear Abby,” “Christmas In Prison,” “Fish and Whistle” and “Automobile.”

In addition to earning the Lifetime Achievement Award this year, Prine also won Grammy® Awards for The Missing Years (1991) and Fair and Square (2005). His songs have been recorded by a long list of well-respected artists, including Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, George Strait, Norah Jones, John Denver, Miranda Lambert, The Everly Brothers, Bette Midler, Paul Westerberg, Tammy Wynette and Dwight Yoakam.

Tracklist

John Prine

  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 Anymore
  8. Far From Me
  9. Angel From Montgomery
  10. Quiet Man
  11. Donald and Lydia
  12. Six O’Clock News
  13. Flashback Blues

 

Diamonds In The Rough

  1. Everybody
  2. The Torch Singer
  3. Souvenirs
  4. The Late John Garfield Blues
  5. Sour Grapes
  6. Billy the Bum
  7. The Frying Pan
  8. Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You
  9. Take The Star Out Of The Window
  10. The Great Compromise
  11. Clocks And Spoons
  12. Rocky Mountain Time
  13. Diamonds In The Rough

 

Sweet Revenge

  1. Sweet Revenge
  2. Please Don’t Bury Me
  3. Christmas In Prison
  4. Dear Abby
  5. Blue Umbrella
  6. Often Is A Word I Seldom Use
  7. Onomatopoeia
  8. Grandpa Was A Carpenter
  9. The Accident (Things Could Be Worse)
  10. Mexican Home
  11. A Good Time
  12. Nine Pound Hammer

 

Common Sense

  1. Middle Man
  2. Common Sense
  3. Come Back To Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard
  4. Wedding Day In Funeralville
  5. Way Down
  6. My Own Best Friend
  7. Forbidden Jimmy
  8. Saddle In The Rain
  9. That Close To You
  10. He Was In Heaven Before He Died
  11. You Never Can Tell

 

Bruised Orange

  1. Fish And Whistle
  2. There She Goes
  3. If You Don’t Want My Love
  4. That’s The Way That The World Goes ’round
  5. Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow)
  6. Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone
  7. Aw Heck
  8. Crooked Piece Of Time
  9. Iron Ore Betty
  10. The Hobo Song

 

Pink Cadillac

  1. Chinatown
  2. Automobile
  3. Killing The Blues
  4. No Name Girl
  5. Saigon
  6. Cold War (This Cold War With You)
  7. Baby Let’s Play House
  8. Down By The Side Of The Road
  9. How Lucky
  10. Ubangi Stomp

 

Storm Windows

  1. Shop Talk
  2. Living In The Future
  3. It’s Happening To You
  4. Sleepy Eyed Boy
  5. All Night Blue
  6. Just Wanna Be With You
  7. Storm Windows
  8. Baby Ruth
  9. One Red Rose
  10. I Had A Dream
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