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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By J. Tyler on January 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Look, I'm not going to feed you crap here. Prine is dang near the best songwriter ever. He is right up there with Dylan, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, and Randy Newman as one of the greatest American songwriters (as if we know any other kind of songwriters...Elton who?). This early "Best of" might have been a bit premature at the time, but has a great collection of songs, especially for anyone who is not familiar with Prine.
It's too bad that "Paradise" is not included on this set. If you're ready to drop a little more change and get a better range of John Boy's stuff, go for the Anthology. It's well worth it.
Prine was "discovered" by Kris Kristopherson, and wrote a lot of songs with Steve Goodman. If you're a fan of either of those artists, or any of the many they've influenced (Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Todd Snider, etc), then you'll love Prine.
If you're already a Prine fan, and you just want to know if this album is worth it, don't. Get the Anthology instead. It has better recording quality, and much more of Prine's hits.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By jeff hirshberg on June 18, 2003
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You can go out and buy all of John Prines albums, or you can just go out and pick up this one, and cherish the best of his best. John Prine is one of the best story tellers in music. He introduces his tales, and brings you through them leaving no detail out of place; There is a warmth, and a personal endeavor in each of his songs. John picks the trials that so many endure, and brings them out for us to acknowledge, and deal with. He sings about drug addiction afflicting people to the point of death, and goes on to sing about old age with its associated loneliness. In other songs, he emulates small town social dilemas that most city folks have no chance to experience, except through the songs John sings for us. All in all, we see the world through the eyes of small town life, with its innocence and simplicity; Something I have not seen since my days in the mid west many years ago.
"......There's a hole in Danny's arm, where all the money goes, and Jesus Christ died for nothing I suppose....little pictures have big ears; dont stop to count the years; Sweet songs never last too long on broken radios..'
"And you may see me tonight, with an illegal smile; it dont cost very much, but it lasts along while. Wont you please tell the man, I didnt kill anyone; No I"m just trying to have me some fun.."
" Grandpa was a carpenter, built houses, stores and banks; Chain smoked Camel cigarettes, and hammered nails in planks. He was level on the level, shaved peter on every door; Voted for Eisenhower cause Lincoln won the war."
His most beatifull is "Hello in There". "You know that old trees just grow stronger,and old rivers grow wilder every day; People just grow lonsome waiting for someone to say hello in there, hello.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1998
Format: Audio CD
When one Johnny Prine fan happens along another Johnny Prine fan, there's a unique familial warmth which arises resembling two separated-at-bith twins meeting once again for the first time. Prime Prine is wthout a doubt a collection of the best from the best, but it lacks at times the captivating prologues which the audience is treated to during Prine's live concerts. Similarly, I'm not sure I would have chosen the same arrangment order. But despite these two issues, the tracks themselves are outstanding and intense. Another great selection would be Prine's hosting of A Tribute To Steve Goodman (live at the Arie Crown Theatre In Chicago).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mostly Mozart VINE VOICE on May 10, 2003
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This CD collects twelve of John Prine's best songs from the early to mid-1970s, when he first started recording. The songs tell of the tragedy of a drug-addicted Vietnam war veteran (Sam Stone), John's own grandfather (Grandpa Was a Carpenter), the pain of growing old (Hello in There), and the search for love (Donald and Lydia), among other things. After approximately thirty years, the songs sound as fresh and new as they did when they were first written.
Prine doesn't preach. He isn't self-indulgent. He tells stories about some great characters, and his lyrics are those of a man who loves life and feels that none of those characters is alien to him. In doing so, he teaches important lessons, and makes some pretty good music, as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Buford M. Bell on November 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
John Prine has to be the most overlooked singer/songwriter in music history, and for reason most people praise; because he is different. John Prine is John Prine, he's not country, he's not folk, he's not rock, he's simply JOHN PRINE.
This collection of some of his greatest moments is a must have for any already Prine fans, and anyone else who is just now being introduced to Prine's way of songwriting. This album is a great showing of what John Prine's songs can do to your life.
Critically acclaimed, and commercially ignored, but that's the sad truth about many great artists. The cover to me is a statement, saying that John Prine has many sides to him, and all-in-all it says that all of us have differnet sides to us. Think about it, if we were all the same, the world would be a boring place. And that individuality is shown greatly on this release.
Finally, I have to say this to the people who pick up this release: buy it, listen to it, memorize it, and apply it to your life. Thanks John, for giving us all something to hold onto.
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