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Bruised Orange

John PrineAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 8, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Oh Boy
  • ASIN: B0000005XV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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It took John Prine seven years to make his peace with the "New Dylan" expectations that accompanied his critically hailed 1971 debut. Which isn't to say that the Illinois-born singer/songwriter didn't make some fine music in the years that passed between his initial recording and this, a comfortable-as-an-old-shoe collection that signals the start of Prine's settling-in period. Folk-circuit fellow traveler Steve Goodman's sympathetic production suits Prine just fine. The songs, meanwhile, are sprinkled with wise and witty wordplay. "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone" chronicles a misbegotten movie promotion. "If You Don't Want My Love" is an oddly unrepentant exercise in self-pity copenned with reclusive pop producer Phil Spector, while "Aw Heck" is its polar opposite--a sing-it-from-the-rafters celebration of passion ("I could get the electric chair for a phony rap / Long as she's sittin' in my lap"). It's not faint praise to note that Bruised Orange is thoroughly likable. --Steven Stolder

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JOHN PRINE'S GENTLE WIT & WISDOM January 18, 2002
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This album is filled with examples of the wonderful songwriting, easy delivery and comfortable performing style that define the greatness of John Prine, one of America's finest singer-songwriters. The production, by long-time Prine pal Steve Goodman, is excellent -- clear, uncluttered and unpretentious. Every song on this collection is a gem, and the mood varies like a soft breeze from track to track -- the journey is over far too soon.
There are great examples of Prine's strengths here. His famous humor nudges us in 'Fish and whistle', 'That's the way that the world goes round', 'There she goes', 'Iron ore Betty', 'Aw heck' and 'Crooked piece of time' -- and his incredible poignancy graces 'Sabu visits the Twin Cities alone', 'Bruised orange' and the lovely, haunting set-closer 'Hobo song'.
I once saw Prine appear on the wonderful PBS program 'Austin City Limits' -- and I noticed he was chewing gum on stage during his set. He was probably the kid who chewed it in class as well -- appearing to spit it out when the teacher caught him, then commencing to work on it again when authority's back was turned. Everybody loves a clown -- and this one has a sensitive side as well. This album -- along with Goodman's JESSIE'S JIG (from the same era) is a great example of the genre. Don't miss it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Prine's Best August 7, 2005
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Folk legend John Prine's albums are all somewhere between good and excellent, and "Bruised Orange" is one of the best. The opener, "Fish and Whistle" and "That's the Way the World Goes Round", have been played countless times at open mike shows in my hometown of Baton Rouge and many other places I would imagine. "If You Don't Want My Love" certainly sounds a lot different from the other more folksy selections, but I still like it--it just presents another side of Prine's songwriting ability. My other favorites are the title track, which as another reviewer noted features a poetic refrain about the wages of anger "for a heart stained with anger grows weak and grows bitter, you become your own prisoner as you watch yourself sit there wrapped up in a trap of your very own chain of sorrow."--unmatchable lyricism--and the closing "Hobo Song", which features another great chorus "could it be that time has gone and left them tied up in life's eternal traveling sack," sung by the "Hobo Chorus", which in producer Steve Goodman's able hands sounds very much like you'd expect a chorus of hobos to sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Beg to Differ April 22, 2004
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While this album is just as wonderful as the reviewers below have said, and a classic of the singer-songwriter genre, I want to cast a vote in favor of the cut "If You Don't Want My Love" which is much-maligned below. While it has none of the whimsy and humor which characterize most of Prine's work, it is in fact a perfect encapsulation of a bitter cast-off lover's state of mind -- and stays on and on in the memory. It is in fact my favorite cut on the album!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Prine Introduction September 13, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Bruised Orange, released in the late 70's, snuck up on me quietly. As an undergrad at the University of Minnesota, I only bought the record because of the song title "Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone." Once I started listening to it, his sense of humor and amazing ability to capture the human condition made me a fan for life.
Each one of these songs are a jewel and the stories behind them are certainly worthwhile to learn about as you learn about one of America's authentic voices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talent is no key to success September 4, 1998
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John Prine is one of America's all time great song writers yet is almost completely unknown in mainstream pop culture. What a shame, and what a loss for anyone who hasn't tuned into John Prine at one time or another. Bruised Orange is a classic piece of John's history with intelligently written songs that always seem to make you reflect on subject matter that usually just slips by in our day to day life. I still shake my head at the poetic beauty of the chain of sorrow line from the title track. I highly recommend this CD to anyone wanting to get their feet wet in the John Prine Life's lessons experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Mark Twain April 19, 2003
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Wow! I forgot just how terrific John Prine is. I purchased this album (yes, was THAT long ago!) when it first came out and was blown away by Prine's wit & perception. I listened to the sample tracks and could still sing favorite being "That's the way that the World goes round". I highly recommend this CD to everyone! I'm off to purchase it myself!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best late 70's Prine albums August 24, 2002
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10 songs. That's it, but in those 10 songs, and under 40 minutes, is music that is both singable and as deep as the deepest ocean in the world. It is my opinion that no other artist could sing John Prine songs, and even come close to or sound like John Prine. He is a musical treasure. A lengend, a genius, a poet, a singer, a songwriter, a visionary, a storyteller, a comic, a regular guy. All of these things define John Prine, but there are so many things that you can say about John Prine it is remarkable. He truly is a living legend who never became as popular as other artists who did not take the risks he did, but he did not really take risks, he was just being himself and writing about things that he was feeling at that particular time. But the funny thing was, that everyone else felt the same way he did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
John Prine is one of the best singer song writers of the last 50 years.
Published 3 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
there is a reason this is a classic
Published 3 months ago by Dr. David M. Parry
1.0 out of 5 stars The music would be great if I could hear it
I really like john prines music, but when I receive a defective CD from the seller and wants me to pay for return shipping on a product I already payed for once, It's just not... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Dillinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic tunes.
I am in the process of slowly replacing old favorites that I've had on cassettes, and I'm almost embarrassed to say, 8-tracks LOL This past week was John Prine's turn.
Published 6 months ago by Finnegan
5.0 out of 5 stars it's John Prine, enough said.
I gave a 5 star rating because it's John Prine. If you are a John Prine fan you will understand, if you're not a fan, well, you should be.
Published 10 months ago by Rick Ballinger
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Third time I have bought it and if it wears out I'll buy it again. I first got it when it first came out and loved it since!
Published 14 months ago by sled
5.0 out of 5 stars simply wonderful
Where do I start with this great, great album? Funny, tender, heartfelt, a little funky and folky ; John Prine touches all the bases with this grand slam. Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking. Must own. Best of the best.
Prine is an American treasure. As one reviewer very adroitly put it, he's a musical Mark Twain.

While it's tough to push aside a masterpiece like his "Diamonds in the... Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Mr. Googster
5.0 out of 5 stars All his music
People, such as myself, who have know of John Prine's music are the most fortunate around. Get to know him, his words and music. They are the best !
Published on November 29, 2010 by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacing Vinyl
Long time fan of John Prine. Already have all of his vinyl that was put out before CDs, including Bruised Orange. Read more
Published on March 29, 2010 by Luderline
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dear music fellows i'm disappointed because the fantastic <anthology atlantic/wea 1963 2 cd > is out of print.
one of my favourite records ever. god bless you all. paolo sapessi
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