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The Missing Years

The Missing Years

August 31, 1991
4.8 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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By James Otterstrom on 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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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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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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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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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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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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One may find Prine to be either a heretic or the most interesting theologian with no need to display symbolic garb in order to give messages. Much applause to Prine for having the wisdom to fill in the blanks other historians dared not attempt. As with all writings, all words can be condensed to suit individual interpretations. I'm just happy Jesus invented Santa & the Easter Bunny, and left the lesson to not go against the political powers that be.

It was also nice to hear Lefty's style again.
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This CD is out of print, at least I couldn't find a new one anywhere. There are many gems on this CD; Big Old Goofy World, All the Best, and one I never heard The Sins of Memphisto. Fourteen songs in all and at least 10 are really good, but probably did not get radio air play. Several musicians join in; Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen. If you like John Prine, this is a keeper.
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