Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine
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Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine

June 22, 2010

  Song Title Artist
Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow) Justin Vernon of Bon Iver
Wedding Day In Funeralville Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
All The Best My Morning Jacket
Mexican Home Josh Ritter
Six O'Clock News Lambchop
Far From Me Justin Townes Earle
Spanish Pipedream The Avett Brothers
Angel From Montgomery Old Crow Medicine Show
The Late John Garfield Blues Sara Watkins
Daddy's Little Pumpkin Drive-By Truckers
Unwed Fathers Deer Tick feat. Liz Isenberg
Let's Talk Dirty In Hawaiian Those Darlins

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  • Original Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Label: Oh Boy Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Oh Boy Records
  • Total Length: 44:03
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  • ASIN: B003M4Y6VA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,684 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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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. Justin Townes Earle's take on "Far From Me" is similarly nuanced, sung to simple banjo accompaniment.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Step Above Most Tribute Albums! June 22, 2010
By Randy
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to hear this great body of work sung by other artists who...
If you enjoy John Prine's large and diverse body of songs you'll be happy with these renditions by other artists. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rodney J.Umlas
4.0 out of 5 stars the other people who like these songs
I have so many original John Prine songs as he sings them, with a few other stars covering what they like about John Prine, that it seems like everybody should be doing this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bruce P. Barten
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
As much as I loveJohn Prine's writing and his performances, I thought most of these performances were flat and uninspiring.
Published 12 months ago by Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother - buy the originals
Was really looking forward to listening to this recording and was so disappointed. Will never listen to it again. All of the poor reviews were spot on.
Published 13 months ago by Susan L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I bought this album for the deer tick rendition of unwed fathers and the album did not disappoint.

I highly recommend it
Published 13 months ago by Daniel Camacho
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
If you like John Prine and you like the artists on this CD, I would highly recommend it. It's a wonderful tribute album.
Published 15 months ago by Kristen Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars John Prine Songs - Can't Go Wrong
An American classic delivered by classic Americans. I believe that John Prine is one of our national treasures. I enjoy this every time I play it.
Published 17 months ago by Gary Stahl
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing Tribute
John Prine, as most of us know, is one of the greatest singer-songwriters that America has produced in the past 50 years. This guy is the real deal. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
4.0 out of 5 stars Kicked off of Noah's Ark but still out there
By Jim Clark, publisher Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

I've been a fan of John Prine since I first heard him sing "I got kicked off Noah's Ark, I turn my cheek to unkind... Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by Jim Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is an awesome album. Country brought to mainstream. I dont like "country" but this album made my eclectic collection.
Published on February 14, 2012 by Rylan Reynolds
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