“Bruised Orange” by John Prine - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1978Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Disillusioned with Atlantic, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter jumped ship to Asylum Records and, after a lot of wasted efforts, he appointed a new producer for the project. It was the enthusiasm of fellow Chicagoan, Steve Goodman, regarded as a musician's musician, which sealed the deal for Prine, who was on the verge of calling it quits for the project. Said Prine: “I talked to, Christ, twenty different producers, really great guys, great producers. Big-time producers. And I just didn’t want to do it. I just didn’t have the heart to do the record again. And Goodman said he would do it. I totally put it in his hands. And he handed me back a beautiful record.” Tellingly, the album's major highlight, “Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone”, focuses firmly on John's vocal, the lightly acoustic instrumentation letting him do what he does best - tell a story. He imagines himself - the lonely touring musician - as Sabu, the boy who rode his elephant into camps various to help people with problems, before riding off into the sunset, dazed and confused. Ha, the lie-dream of the pop-glamour scene! All in all, I'm not as enamoured as I was with his early 70s work; “Bruised Orange” has appealing moments, but it's often just that bit too poppy for me.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:14] 6.2.png John Prine - Fish And Whistle [original album version] (John Prine) Country
A2 [03:24] 5.1.png John Prine - There She Goes (John Prine) Country
A3 [03:05] 3.6.png John Prine - If You Don’t Want My Love (John Prine, Phil Spector) Country
A4 [03:20] 5.9.png John Prine - That’s The Way That The World Goes ‘Round (John Prine) Country
A5 [05:21] 6.3.png John Prine - Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow) (John Prine) Country
B1 [02:53] 8.2.png John Prine - Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone (John Prine) Folk
B2 [02:20] 5.2.png John Prine - Aw Heck (John Prine) Country
B3 [02:52] 6.4.png John Prine - Crooked Piece Of Time (John Prine) Folk Rock / Americana
B4 [02:42] 5.2.png John Prine - Iron Ore Betty (John Prine) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B5 [03:31] 6.4.png John Prine - The Hobo Song (John Prine) Country

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