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The Missing Years

John PrineAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Oh Boy Records
  • ASIN: B0000005XY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Prine was a battle-scarred veteran of the '70s "new Dylan" club and a superb craftsman whose modest commercial success found him without a major label deal in the '80s. Prine's solution was to move to Nashville and roll his own, setting up the tiny Oh Boy imprint and making records he wanted to hear, a survival game that paid off handsomely with this 1991 set, produced by Heartbreaker bassist Howie Epstein and boasting cameos from Phil Everly, Divinyls' Christina Amphlett, Tom Petty, old pal Bonnie Raitt, and another "new Dylan" alum, Bruce Springsteen. But it's Prine himself who holds your attention here, with his reliably fine songs mixing droll, dead-on narratives of recognizable Everymen, sweetly goofy parables, and unvarnished love songs that his craggy drawl inhabits with touching authority. --Sam Sutherland

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Prine! August 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If CDs had grooves I'd have worn this one out 20 times. John is the writer, or co-writer, on 13 of the 14 songs here, and his writing has never been more poignant, subtle, or reflective. A fine blend of bluesy folk-rock, mildly sad and nostalgic, yet there's an undercurrent of joy & humor, suggesting the confidence of a survivor who thoroughly enjoys life. This record sounds like a long lost friend who's come back to share his stories--and, with the likes of David Lindley, Albert Lee, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Tom Petty, Phil Everly, Bonnie Raitt, and Bruce Springsteen paying their respects--the music transcends Prine's previous records. A warm, family-reunion like aura permeates the sound, and it's hard for me to imagine a better John Prine album, enjoyable over and over again, one of my must-have CDs.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from a premier singer-songwriter January 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
John Prine is one of those rare singer/songwriters whose literate work is more popular with fellow artists than with the listening public (Phil Everly, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, and Bruce Springsteen show up to do background vocals on this album). Prine's work started with acoustic folk and then headed off in the direction of country, but the common denominator remains his quotable lyrics (e.g., "Unlonely") and his wry comic take on the world in which we live (e.g., "Daddy's Little Pumpkin"). Even when Prince gets a bit caustic, as with "All the Best," it is still a treat, but "It's a Big Old Goofy World" with all its clichés is more to my liking. Other songs, such as "Way Back Then" and "Everything is Cool", provide the emotional revelation that is Prine's true hallmark. "The Missing Years" is one of Prine's best albums (1991 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album), a shade short of his first self-title work but as good as "Sweet Revenge," "Bruised Orange," and the more recent "In Spite of Ourselves." Of course, Prine had a built in advantage with "The Missing Years" because it had been about five years since his previous album and the result was, as you would suspect, a stronger body of work.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prine masterpiece January 3, 2003
By Bt
Format:Audio CD
This was a comeback album for John and in my opinion, it's his best ever, and boy oh boy,(no pun intended) that's saying plenty. This guy's responsible for my switch in music genre's some years ago with his early stuff. I never thought he'd top his classic self- titled and "Bruised Orange" releases, but he did it. The smartest storyteller around. Thanks John, "you got gold" inside of you.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best John Prine album May 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
John Prine hit his creative peak with "The Missing Years." There are so many fine songs, it is hard to choose a favorite. Prine has never been in better voice and his normally creative folk songwriting is particularly witty here. The verbal workout "The Sins of Memphisto," the playful "Daddy's Little Pumpkin," and the rockin' "Take a Look at My Heart" are among the best tracks. This is simply one of the best examples of folk rock available.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Call it Happy Music... April 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Outstanding. Ten of the 14 songs are excellent. Four are very good. There isn't a bad song in the whole CD. Prine has a unique way of singing about the little world. You can understand every word. He is definitely not your typical top 40 guy nor does he want to be. For people who don't know his music, he is a well kept secret. It's my favorite CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Prine Misses Nothing on "Missing Years" May 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Missing years is another great work from John Prine. Even among his true followers (of which I'm one), there clearly had been a spark missing in some albums preceeding this one. Like Dylan, Prine has at time made albums when he really had little to say. Such is not the case with the Missing Years. The songs are catchy, touching, and thoughtful. An album that you won't quickly outgrow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great "on the road" music... July 11, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD and it has really grown on me. When I'm on a road trip I always bring it with me. Reminds me of Dylan in the way he can tell a story. John Prine is unique and consistant in his style on this record- no bluffing here- he cuts straight to heart of real life in his songwriting and presentation. I really like this music...
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4.0 out of 5 stars There are some great songs here. October 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the only John Prine album I've ever really listened to, but it's a good testament to his abilities as a songwriter and musician, and a good advertisement to make a person want to hear his other work.

"The Sins of Memphisto" is a terrific, upbeat song about growing old and gaining regrets.

"Unlonely" and "You Got Gold" are happy, hopeful, beautiful love songs.

And "All the Best" is a slightly bitter well-wishing to an old flame, and may be the album's best track.

"I wish you love

And happiness.

I guess I wish

You all the best.

I wish you don't

Do like I do

And ever fall in love

With someone like you."

All of the songs tell stories (though some are cryptic), and almost all of them are good. Some I could take or leave. Overall though, this is a good collection of songs, and John Prine's voice and the songs and arrangements are all very worth listening to, and all worth getting to know.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Prine in my opinion!
This is my favorite John Prine CD - just the best from a great song writer!! The lyrics are rich on every song, and this disc is wonderful and splendid from beginning to end! Read more
Published 13 days ago by Twila Waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars he was so happy.
Husband got this for a dear friend...he was so happy.
Published 2 months ago by Phyl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blend
A wonderful blend of goofy and thoughtful. It has stood the test of time and I love it for the long drives in the car when there is room in my head for meandering thoughts. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sebtown reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Prine Primetime
Very different and more polished production work on this very good effort from one of my favorite songwriters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Warren Hein
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh how I have missed John Prine!
Saw him promote this album on The Colbert Report and had to have it. Love it, but it's not for the feeble minded, train your brain before listening!
Published 7 months ago by ShirtWearer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album!
Even though it was first released 20 years ago it still seems fresh and timeless. Will be playing this over and over again.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Peter J. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb poetry
A mood-raiser, a facilitator for deep thinking, and a spiritual guidebook. The mailman delivers again.Thank you for all of your lessons.
Published 12 months ago by Hoopoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage
Had never heard this release. Ordered after seeing John on Colbert. The guy ranks up there with Dylan (not Thomas)
Published 12 months ago by J. Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars love John Prine!
Love John Prine. About 18 years ago a gf turned me on to him. Saw him in concert and was hooked. This is my favorite album of his.
Published 13 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Years
John Prine goodness. Always a good storyteller. One of my husband's favorite singer/songwriter. Good album and full of good music.
Published 16 months ago by Red September
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