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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Oh Boy Records
  • ASIN: B0000005XT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"I've been thinking lately 'bout the people I meet," sings Prine at the beginning of "Fish and Whistle." Yes, we all think about those people, but only Prine can relay their (or his own) heartbreaking stories in such a heartwarming fashion. The bulk of this cozy record was recorded at an intimate solo-acoustic show at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California, and is augmented by a pair of full-band cuts recorded at Nashville's Cannery plus one duet each with Bonnie Raitt and Steve Goodman. Even longtime Prine collectors will relish these pared-down tender readings for the snug setting calls even more attention to Prine's uncanny eye for detail, his acute empathy for human suffering, and ultimately, his ability to find humor where most only find misery. And try not to crack an "Illegal Smile" when the whole crowd sings along with him. --Marc Greilsamer

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Anyone who has heard of John Prine will love it!!!!
Randy Bowers
This album rectifies the first fault by placing him in a warm intimate concert setting which complement his songs very well.
Mark B. McCann
As great a songwriter as Prine is, I haven't heard many covers of his songs.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I first heard John Prine one hot August afternoon driving home from work. I had a horrible day at the office and traffic was a mess. Scanning the radio, I heard 'Hello in There' - the final track on this album and it just stopped me in my tracks. I immediately bought this album and loved every song. Ten years later, I still haven't grown tired of it. As a Gen Xer, I recommend that younger people listen to John. I just saw him in concert last week at the Berkely Music School in Boston and he's incredibly dynamic in concert. Thanks for the music, John.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Busby on November 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
my girlfriend hates this one, maybe i should get rid of her. me i love the thing. the stories this guy can tell. reminds me of a saturday night when the suds were flowing and your best friend was telling all the wacky stories he had lived or had the nerve to make up. This record sounds like a few friends just hanging out and talking about old times and whats happened since last seeing each other. it's all so intimate and close, you forget he's playing to a few thousand people. i am sure everyone in the audience thought the songs were performed for them and isn't that the whole point of a live album.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William L. Willard on January 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I keep this CD in my car and crank it up like a kid, re-upping my favorite cuts a couple of times each trip.
There are wonderful renditions of these classic Prine songs; but the duet with the late Steve Goodman on "Souvenirs" out shines them all, with such intricate, exuberant guitar work it's hard to believe. Check it out.
I only wish he'd added his take on Goodman's "My Old Man," which I have a hard time getting through without choking up (give "Tribute to Steve Goodman," a try; it's available through Amazon).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark B. McCann on May 12, 2006
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...then this is the one. I have been a fan of John Prine's songs for many years, and I believe this album serves them the best. He is without a doubt one of the great songwriters of our time, but he has had two things working against him: the cloying production that plagued many singer-songwriter albums from the 70s and his rather limited vocal talents. This album rectifies the first fault by placing him in a warm intimate concert setting which complement his songs very well. As for his voice, I have never heard it sound better. By this time (mid-1980s), it has become just weathered enough but not too raspy as it would later become. The live setting of course also affords this rather personable singer to spin tales between songs about how each of them was written, and I can tell you that after hundreds of listens I still find those stories charming, particularly the one about the girl who wanted to hear a song about a "happy enchilada".

The music of course is the best that Prine had written to date. It serves as a de facto greatest hits package with better production. My favorites include "Donald and Lydia" and his duet with Bonnie Raitt, "Angel from Montgomery". This is definitely the album to start with, and if you're a John Prine fan without this album then you definitely need to buy it. You won't be sorry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This could be his best overall record. The songs about stories. The stories about songs. The stripped down production. Great, great CD. Highly recommended as either a Prine kickstart or an addition to a collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1998
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Hardly anyone ever talks about this album, but it is among Prine's finest--for no other reason than it's laid back production. Many of his tunes--that were ruined by well meaning producers early-on at Asylum records--are presented in a much better format here. "Mexican Home," for instance, sounds much sweeter and more meaningful than the over-produced version on "Sweet Revenge." This album was unplugged in 1989, before unplugged was cool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Marino on July 20, 2007
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i was introduced to John Prine by my father when i was wee lad of 6 or 7. My sister and I loved the humor of Bruised Orange. As I matured I discovered the depth of his lyrics and i bought this album for my Dad when i was about 15. Its hard to put into words what Prine is seemingly effortlessly able to convey through his at once simple yet incredibly deep lyrics. This album pairs it down to the simple basics. Lyrically he is my all time favorite. Gut wrenching yet accesible stories about the dark, light and truthful epic that is our lives. Im shocked there are only a handfull of reviews to this testament to sheer lyrical brilliance. John doesnt have a great voice or virtuoso musical ability but it hardly matters when he can spit these lyrical gems seemingly at will. He can make you laugh, cry and sit in amazement as he belts out his heartfelt tunes. "It's nothing....it really is nothing" he tells the audience as he uses his three chords to enchant and enthrall. "Angel from Montgomery" is worth the price of admission where Bonnie Raitt accompanies him with the vocal passion that Prine lacks yet inspires her to with lines like, "How the Hell can a person, go to work in the morning, come home in the evening, and have nothing to say." Prine is a lyrical GENIUS! His albums may not have the production or musical sophistication of others but he hardly requires such embellishments when the songs stand on their own. If you want to check out one of the true masters of storytelling via song, buy and listen to this album over and over and over again.
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