A John Prine Christmas

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
For anyone who'd lost track of John Prine after the 1970s, the idea of a rather cynical singer/songwriter recording a holiday album must have seemed a rather odd one. But Prine, while never relinquishing his wry sense of humor, had mellowed quite a bit since writing about getting kicked off of Noah's ark in "Sweet Revenge." Besides, by 1988 he had his own record company, and it's always nice to have a perennial favorite in the catalog. The first two songs are originals and are probably the best songs on the album, with Prine once again offering his observations on relationships gone sour. The first, though, surprisingly relates that even though the narrator's girl ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
For anyone who'd lost track of John Prine after the 1970s, the idea of a rather cynical singer/songwriter recording a holiday album must have seemed a rather odd one. But Prine, while never relinquishing his wry sense of humor, had mellowed quite a bit since writing about getting kicked off of Noah's ark in "Sweet Revenge." Besides, by 1988 he had his own record company, and it's always nice to have a perennial favorite in the catalog. The first two songs are originals and are probably the best songs on the album, with Prine once again offering his observations on relationships gone sour. The first, though, surprisingly relates that even though the narrator's girl dumped him a year ago on Christmas, he's learned to go on with his life. The bitterness, however, creeps back in to "All the Best." Prine opens this live piece with a funny monolog about him and a friend nailing a train set to the dining room table, and then delves into a sad story of love thrown away like yesterday's Christmas tree. He also includes a new version of "Christmas in Prison," a solid song from his third album, Sweet Revenge. The remainder of the album is filled with holiday classics, including a fun take on "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." The downside of the album is that it's awful short -- 32 minutes -- and even then, one of the songs -- a duo with Margo Timmins on "If You Were the Woman and I Was the Man" -- doesn't even come close to fitting the holiday spirit though it may have fit on the Dirty Santa soundtrack. Still, this isn't the run-of-the-mill holiday product, and Prine can still write a good song when he sets his mind to it. Old fans will be glad to see that even cynics can age gracefully.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/1993
  • Label: Oh Boy
  • UPC: 094012001124
  • Catalog Number: 120011
  • Sales rank: 18,779

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Prine Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
David Lindley Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Guitar, Zither, Bazouki
Pat McLaughlin Vocals
Kathleen Johnson Vocals
Jim Rooney Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Mark Howard Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Del Wood Piano
Alan Anton Bass
Benmont Tench Keyboards
Jeff Bird Mandolin
Shawn Camp Fiddle
Mike Cass Dobro, Steel Guitar, Steel Pan
John Ciambotti Bass
Philip Donnelly Electric Guitar
Howie Epstein Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Chris Ethridge Bass
Duane Jarvis Bass
Leo LeBlanc Steel Guitar
Kenny Malone Drums
Ken Myhr Guitar
Tony Newman Drums
Spooner Oldham Keyboards
Phil Parlapiano Mandolin, Accordion
Joe Romersa Percussion, Drums
Margo Timmins Vocals
Michael Timmins Guitar
Peter Timmins Drums
Bobby Whitlock Keyboards
Bill "Luigi" Bonk Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
James O'Rooney Bells
Rachel Peer Vocals, Dancer
Victor Battista Bass
Spencer Evans Clarinet
Technical Credits
John Prine Composer, Producer
Jim Rooney Producer
Al Bunetta Executive Producer
Don Cobb Digital Editing
Dan Einstein Executive Producer
Howie Epstein Producer
John Falzarano Engineer
David Ferguson Producer, Engineer
Jack Grochmal Producer, Engineer
JayDee Mannes Contributor
Rachel Peer-Prine Contributor
Denny Purcell Mastering
James Stroud Engineer
Bobby Whitlock Composer
John Donegan Engineer
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