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!
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#112 in the Series) is the debut self-titled album by”Bill Quateman.”
In 1972 I head a song on WXRT called ‘Changing of the Guard.’ ‘XRT has always given a run down on what they had just played. Usually as a set. I loved the song and waited to hear who it was by. Well That’s when I first heard the name Bill Quateman.
So made my trek to Hegewish Records and bought his debut. Mind you I didn’t look at the song list.
Well somehow I got the album wrong. The song I heard was Steely Dan. But I screwed up what I was looking for and ended up with Quateman.
But I played the album anyway and it turned into one of my favorite albums of all time. I still love it to this day!!
I’m not sure how he pulled it off, but Quateman was able to get Elton John’s backing band to play on this release. Caleb Quaye and Davey Johnstone on guitar and Sid Simms on bass. He also grabbed one of the best drummers in Chicago, Tom Radtke.
The music was wonderful. Folk – Rock I guess you could say?
Some of the tracks that jumped out were, My Music, Only Love, Only The Bears are the Same, Too Many Mornings, What Are You Looking For,’ and ‘ Get It Right On Out There.’
Jump forward about 30 or so years. One night I was looking around on the internet and found Bill’s email address. It was also a Yahoo Messenger address, Well I saw he was online and we chatted for about 20 minutes. It was pretty cool. A few months later he did a show at Fitzgerald’s here in the Chicagoland area. I was able to get together with him and I told him the Steely Dan story. We both got a big kick out of it.
This is one of those albums that you can play over and over from start to finish. Check it out.