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 is Steve Goodman, “Somebody Else’s Trouble.”
We’re going back to the Singer/Songwriter genre today. If you look up Singer/Songwriter in the dictionary you’d see Steve Goodman’s face on the description.
He was one of the best. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone 26 years now.
“Somebody Else’s Troubles” was Steve’s third album. It’s full of goodies!
The album starts with one of his most well known songs, “The Dutchman.” It’s one of the few hits that Steve did not write. It was written by Michael Smith.
Other tracks you might know include ‘Lincoln Park Pirates, Chicken Cordon Blues,’ and of course the title cut, ‘Somebody Else’s Troubles’ which features an uncredited Bob Dylan on vocals. Nice ‘get’ for that point in Steve’s career!!
The disc ends with one of my favorite Steve Goodman songs. ‘The Ballad Of Penny Evans.’ It is song acapella and in first person. It’s the story of a young war widow and her angst of the Vietnam War. You’ll be moved by this quite powerful story.
David Bromberg adds some great string work to the effort.
Steve Goodman’s “Somebody Else’s Troubles.” Today’s Cool Album of the Day!!
Here’s a great live version of ‘The Dutchman’ with Steve and Jethro Burns.