Prime Music

Buy New

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Like New See details
$7.75 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Sold by sharp10.

Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $0.30 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices Add to Cart
$10.66  & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Includes (What's this?)
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Mission Temple Fireworks Stand

Paul ThornAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Price: $10.13 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by garagesalesabbatical and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, Oct. 31? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 12 Songs, 2010 $9.49  
Audio CD, 2011 $13.34  
Audio CD, 2002 $10.13  

Amazon's Paul Thorn Store


Image of album by Paul Thorn


Image of Paul Thorn


Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music - bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Mississippi native took an unexpected detour on the road to recording his latest album. After writing many discs of semi-autobiographical tunes, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter - hailed as the "Mark Twain ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Thorn Store

Visit Amazon's Paul Thorn Store
for 7 albums, photos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

Mission Temple Fireworks Stand + Pimps & Preachers + What the Hell Is Goin On?
Price for all three: $32.11

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B00006CTEK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everybody Looks Good At The Starting Line
2. Rise Up
3. Downtown Babylon
4. Mission Temple Fireworks Stand
5. Things Left Undone
6. There's Something Out There
7. Even Heroes Die
8. Ain't Livin' In Sin No More
9. Sister Ruby's House Of Prayer
10. Angel Too Soon
11. Nothin' But The Devil
12. I'm A Lucky Man

Editorial Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Want Alternative Music? Here Is The Real Thing October 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I am one of the host of people who first met Paul Thorn on the Bob And Tom syndicated radio program. This guy has to be one of the most engaging personalities one is ever to meet. A former professional boxer--son of a revival tent minister, Paul Thorn is an honest and very funny man. Like all of the rest of his albums, Mission Temple Fire Works Stand is a winning collection of comical, tender and heartbreaking songs. Typically the listener first thinks "what the hell is this?" But soon you will take these songs to heart. As strange and unlikely as some of the characters are in Thorn's songs, you know they are real. Anyone who has ever travelled off the main highways and onto the country roads most of America lives on knows that the United States contains millions of wonderful people living the most pecular lives. Paul Thorn has met them--hell, he's one of them.
We here a lot of talk about how we hate the slick and over processed music that is offered to us by the record companies. We seem to buy it anyway. But if you want real alternative music--music and songs that grew from the land and not some creative writing workshop, buy this album. And then buy the rest of Paul Thorn's catalog.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY SMOKES.....REALLY SMOKES! December 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There I was at the Tower Records listening station, and there was Paul Thorn's new CD. Now the title alone should have been my first clue that this was going to be something....well, let's say different. By the time I was into the first 30 seconds of "Everybody looks good at the starting line" the spirit grabbed me...The spirit moved me... and a little voice said BUY THIS CD NOW!
By the time I got to my car I had the wrapper off and popped this gem into my CD player and I was off to the highway for the 15 minute ride home. Forty minutes later I pulled up in front of my house, sat there and listened to the last two tracks. I decided to miss my turn off and keep driving just to keep the music going. Mr. Thorn knows how to create a picture with his insights to some of lifes little oddities...Folks, the man can flat out write some tasty, funny, heart grabbing & soulful lyrics. "Angel Too Soon" is one of the most touching, immotional songs I've ever heard.
This CD has it all...Paul's "Jack Danials" dipped voice, a major groove, great musicians and intelligent lyrics that catch & give you pause for thought...."MISSION TEMPLE FIREWORKS STAND" IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit and the Street September 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Rock-and-blues-influenced singer-songwriter Thorn has produced a release that's strong on several counts. His throaty growl shapes these songs about the street, the mixture of the sacred and profane, and the everyday downtrodden in loving, if occasionally jaded, ways. The songs themselves are eminently accessible and listenable. His lyrics are genuinely moving ("Everybody Looks Good at the Starting Line," "Downtown Babylon") and poignant ("Mission Temple Fireworks Stand," "Rise Up") and wear their heart on their sleeve nicely ("I'm a Lucky Man"). He really seems to have something spiritual (not religious) to say without taking the easy or preachy route (Ain't Livin' in Sin No More," "Nothin' But the Devil"). The musicianship is superb, reminiscent of the snap of a good Hiatt or McClinton CD, but Thorn has his own voice and style even in his given genre, a rare find in this dime-a-dozen musical climate. Highly recommended.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes! September 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Paul Thorn by accident about two years ago when I laughed out loud at "Burn Down the Trailer Park" on his "Ain't Love Strange" CD. After calling the local public radio station to find out who was singing, I ordered the CD and have been a fan ever since. (When my 18-year old daughter heard my CD, she ordered her own copy.) This CD is just as much fun. I like the southern/blues/country flavor, and I LOVE Thorn's sense of humor and his ability to put a new twist on things we've all been through. Try it. You'll like it!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Earle Meets Lou Reed Meets Todd Snider September 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Now I love all three of those guys -- Earle, Reed and Snider -- and so I couldn't be more impressed with Paul Thorn's second major release. He builds well on his first album with tight, rockin' tongue-firmly-in-cheek missives. Each song hits its mark directly. If you like Todd Snider's earlier stuff -- especially "Songs from the Daily Planet" -- then Paul Thorn's gospelly rockin toe-tappin white trashy growls will please you immensely.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fiery Musical Stew October 24, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My introduction to the music of Paul Thorn came about a year ago at a friend's pool party. I liked what I heard then and since that time have sought out some of Thorn's back catalogue. Mission Temple Fireworks Stand looked like an interesting place to delve deeper, so I took the plunge. What a fiery musical stew! Those who buy this will be treated to a rollicking mix of Southern gospel rock tinged with a dollop of blues, a heavy dose of country, and a occasional pinch of mawkish sentimentality.
Here's what I like: the rousing opener, Everybody Looks Good At the Starting Line; the inspirational Rise Up; the humorous, clever, and gospel-tinged title cut; Things Left Undone, a mournful tale of regrets; the straight-forward rock of There's Something Out There; the humorous Ain't Livin' In Sin No More; and Nothin' But the Devil which to me, is lyrically the best song on the album because of the truths it tells. About the only song I don't care for is the lachrymose Angel Too Soon.
The CD comes with a multi-fold insert containing pictures, lyrics and all pertinent album info. Its difficult to categorize Thorn's music for those who haven't heard him. If I was forced to peg him, I'd say he's the South's answer to Texas' James McMurtry. Give this album a shot. I guarantee it's worth many a listen.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must hear and experience, nothing like it!
Fabulous musicianship by all; I find myself singing the melodies, and the stories are poignant, philosophical, funny, and evocative of the deep South where I grew up. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary Livingston
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Paul Thorn
I'm a Paul Thorn fan. This is exactly what I expect from him. If you're not familiar with him, listen to some samples. Southern singer-songwriter blues rock. Can't beat it.
Published 5 months ago by Larry E. Blankenship
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Thorn
My kind of music, sent this to my daughter , she likes him and enjoys his style of music also.
Published 7 months ago by J. Mchugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift!
It was a gift and the receiving party loved it! He had the opportunity to listen to a live performance before receiving the gift.
Published 7 months ago by Tess
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album for grown ups. Real tunes for a real world
Great Album for grown up. Paul Thorn is a great songwriter who really hits home on a lot of topics
Published 11 months ago by Ralph Pridgen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great honest music
I heard an interview with Paul Thorn on NPR, along with some of his music. Great songs. I spent a day watching him on U Tube
Published 16 months ago by Robert A. Ridgway
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Paul Thorn
This is a good CD, but not Paul's best. I love Paul Thorn, and would still recommend buying this CD. However, I like some of the others better. Still glad I purchased it.
Published 17 months ago by Witchy1FromKy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this guy's humor and spin on life.
This Mississippi native has such a great voice and attitude towards life. He may not have radio play but deserves equal amount of attention. You won't regret this purchase.
Published 17 months ago by Leann Brasel
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Thorn, Awesome
Paul Thorn is the most under rated artist in the world. His music and lyrics are simply thought provoking, inspirational, down to earth, something everyone can relate to in life,... Read more
Published on September 2, 2011 by W. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Artist
We'd never heard of him, but he opened for a John Prine show we had tickets for. Paul Thorn's music is addicting. Some of it is hilarious and some is hauntingly beautiful. Read more
Published on January 25, 2011 by D Leschke
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category

garagesalesabbatical Privacy Statement garagesalesabbatical Shipping Information garagesalesabbatical Returns & Exchanges