When Was The Last Time You Played This Album?

John Prine “Bruised Orange”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#139 in The Series) is John Prine, Bruised Orange.

John Prine’s debut album, called simply John Prine is considered his masterpiece, and rightly so.

It’s quite the feat when you think that he wrote Sam Stone, Illegal Smile, Donald and Lydia, Angel From Montgomery, Paradise, Six O’Clock News, You’re Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore and of course, Hello in There ALL before he was 25.

Looking at that track list you can see why that album is held in such high regard.  I am, however, going to feature Bruised Orange.

I’m not sure why this album was always so high on my list of Prine classics.  Part of it might be that it was new when I got my first guitar and I learned how to play many basic chords strumming to what’s here.

The songs here that I enjoyed attacking and killing on that old Ovation were Fish and Whistle, Aw Heck, Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone and of course, That’s the Way That the World Goes ‘Round.

Some great players made their way to the great Chicago Recording Company studio in 1978 to help with the sound.  Jethro Burns (Homer and Jethro), John Burns (Flyer), Tom Radtke (Bill Quateman), Corky Siegel (Siegel-Schwall), Mike Utley (Coral Reefer Band), Jackson Browne, Bonnie Koloc, and many, many more.

It was produced by Steve Goodman.

It reached #116 on the Billboard Album Charts.

Here’s a great version of That’s the Way That the World Goes Down (aka Happy Enchilada).  By John, at his kitchen table.

I’m following it up with a song not on Bruised Orange, but a great song none the less. It’s just something I want you to hear.  It’s called In Spite of Ourselves.  It’s hilarious!!  Please check it out. It begins with John telling a story about a movie he made where he and Billy Bob Thorton played brothers.  Their father was Andy Griffith. How ’bout that!

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3 responses

  1. Anne Marie Thomas

    FYI: there is a brand new cd of John Prine songs done by assorted artists entitled “Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows”

    September 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    • It’s quite good too!

      It’s funny that they used that line as a title. I often quote that if I’m trying to explain John’s witty writing style.

      “Broken hearts and dirty windows make life difficult to see.”

      September 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm

  2. Vaughn

    Prine told a great story of how he recorded the basic tracks for Bruised Orange but because of a concert tour he had to head out on the road and was unable to hear what Steve Goodman was doing with the production.
    When he returned and Goodman played him the finished album. He was stunned and overwhelmed by the beauty of it. John felt it was Steve’s parting gift to him for he died shortly afterwards due to cancer.

    September 25, 2010 at 8:19 am

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