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listen  1. Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)Justin Vernon of Bon Iver 4:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Wedding Day In FuneralvilleConor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band 2:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. All The BestMy Morning Jacket 3:16$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mexican HomeJosh Ritter 3:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Six O'Clock NewsLambchop 4:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Far From MeJustin Townes Earle 4:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Spanish PipedreamThe Avett Brothers 3:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Angel From MontgomeryOld Crow Medicine Show 4:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Late John Garfield BluesSara Watkins 4:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Daddy's Little PumpkinDrive-By Truckers 3:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Unwed FathersDeer Tick feat. Liz Isenberg 3:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Let's Talk Dirty In HawaiianThose Darlins 3:37$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Oh Boy Records
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Today's avant-roots renaissance owes a great debt to John Prine's laconic, ever-questioning poetic quality. Featuring 12 newly-recorded versions of classic Prine songs, "Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine" boasts an enviable roll call of inventive musicians, including My Morning Jacket, The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, and more. That Prine's perspective flourishes so vividly in these modern recastings is testament to not only the sheer power of his songs, but to the subtly defiant undercurrent that runs throughout his music.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine is perhaps the best tribute album in recent memory. It's melancholy, upbeat, beautiful and emotional all at once. As a fan of the songs of John Prine and of music, new and old, I am really happy that this album was put together. I know little about how this came together and whose brain-child it was, but I wish I knew who to thank.

This collection has the potential to introduce a new generation to the wonderful songs of John Prine. And it also has the potential to introduce dedicated John Prine fans to some of today's best recording artists.

There's something for everybody here, from neo-folk to indie rock. As somebody who generally is not attracted to covers, this album is full of fantastic renditions of John's music from start to finish.

It doesn't hurt that some of my favorite bands are included here, from the lovely understated take on "All The Best" from My Morning Jacket, to the beautifully haunting rendition of "Bruised Orange" done by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Though it's hard to pick favorites on this album, those two are probably mine, along with "Mexican Home" and "The Late John Garfield Blues."

Josh Ritter's no frills take on "Mexican Home" mirrors John's own performances of the song. Perhaps it's not surprising that Josh, a great songwriter in his own right, is so respectful of this classic.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 22, 2010
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I've been a fan of John Prine for more than three decades. His albums never disappoint--and that includes last month's live album IN PERSON & ON STAGE. However, I've always been a bit leery of tribute albums. But after one listen, this is an excellent collection of some of Prine's best known songs.

1. The album begins with a reverb-soaked vocal from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on "Chain of Sorrow," which gives the song a haunting quality.

2. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band crank up the tempo with a rousing interpretation of "Wedding Day in Funeralville." Clocking in at just over two minutes, it is by far the shortest track.

3. Jim James' gossamer falsetto adds a delicate beauty to "All the Best," one of my favorite Prine songs.

4. Josh Ritter (who also guested on Prine's recent live album) turns in a sparse arrangement accompanying himself on guitar in a moving version of "Mexican Home."

5. Lambchop's version of "Six O'Clock News" is my least favorite. This country-tinged rendition has some great acoustic guitar, but the vocal never really catches fire.

6. Justin Townes Earl--whose voice is very reminiscent of his dad's--does a heartfelt version of "Far from Me."

7. The Avett Brothers do a toe-tapping, old timey rendition of "Spanish Pipedream." Yee-haw!

8. Give the Old Crow Medicine Show points for chutzpah for taking on what is perhaps Prine's best known song, but they put their own spin on "Angel from Montgomery." The dobro and harmonica are nice touches.

9. Sara Watkins (formerly of Nickel Creek) does an absolutely gorgeous version of "The Late John Garfield Blues."

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Back to Tennessee on June 21, 2010
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I love love love me some John Prine and I was excited as heck to hear his songs done by some of my favorite new artists, but they left me disappointed. Nothing beats the original.

Nothing against these artists, the songs just lack a certain something, or that "soul" that Mr Prine puts into the originals. It's almost as if these covers were thrown together fairly quick without allowing the artists time to fully grasp the songs they covered.

It feels like whomever put this album together was trying to get the younger generation familiar with Jhn Prine and the older generation that is already John Prine fans familiar with the newer artists. They failed both sides in this undertaking in that you don't get to hear the soul of John Prine or the full talents of some of the new artists. That said, these are still some great songs. I would just rather hear them done by the master.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Randy on June 22, 2010
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Let me start by saying that I like tribute albums, especially if they feature artists that I like. I like to hear the way they interpret songs that we already know well by another artist. That said, this album is even better than most. For the most part, the artists featured here stick to the spirit of John Prine's originals and, in several cases, even sound a lot like Prine. Even so, there is enough of the cover artists' personality and style coming through to differentiate these songs from the originals. I love almost every song on here with maybe 2 exceptions: I don't really care for Lambchop's vocals on "Six O'Clock News" and I think that "The Late John Garfield Blues" could have been better-served by someone with a more distinctive vocal style that Sara Watkins. Other than these 2 minor complaints based on my own preferences, I love the album. For me, the best tracks are "All The Best" by My Morning Jacket(Jim James' gorgeous vocal makes this almost better than the original!) and "Daddy's Little Pumpkin" by Drive-By Truckers(the only flat-out rocker on the album). Other highlights include Justin Townes Earle on "Far From Me," "Spanish Pipedream" by The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show doing "Angel From Montgomery."
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