Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
What's instantly noticeable and commendable about this tribute to the songwriting of John Prine is that none of the artists chosen to do the honors are contemporaries of the author. Prine, in his early sixties at the time of the album's release, had been a fixture on the singer/songwriter scene since the early '70s, long before most (any?) of the participants were even born. That's a smart move by the compilers: by removing the context in which these songs were first written and recorded, the younger artists were free to reinterpret them on their own merits. Issued simultaneously with Prine's own In Person & on Stage live album, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
What's instantly noticeable and commendable about this tribute to the songwriting of John Prine is that none of the artists chosen to do the honors are contemporaries of the author. Prine, in his early sixties at the time of the album's release, had been a fixture on the singer/songwriter scene since the early '70s, long before most (any?) of the participants were even born. That's a smart move by the compilers: by removing the context in which these songs were first written and recorded, the younger artists were free to reinterpret them on their own merits. Issued simultaneously with Prine's own In Person & on Stage live album, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows completes a retrospective picture of Prine's accomplishments to the date of this release. Some of the performers choose from among Prine's better-known material, while others dig deeper into the catalog. Old Crow Medicine Show's take on "Angel from Montgomery" is reminiscent of the early music of the Band, old-timey yet contemporary too. The album opens with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, who brings a faraway gospel feel to "Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)," the title track of a 1978 Prine album, and it closes with Those Darlins' surfy take on one of Prine's more humorous efforts, "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian." Some of the most impressive interpretations veer from Prine's arrangements: Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band turn up the indie rock volume on "Wedding Day in Funeralville" and Drive-By Truckers give a bar band rawness to "Daddy's Little Pumpkin." Justin Townes Earle's "Far from Me" is low-key and imbued with an easygoing rural quality, My Morning Jacket turn "All the Best" into an alt-country singalong, and Deer Tick (featuring Liz Isenberg) are reminiscent of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris' duets with their front-porch "Unwed Fathers."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2010
  • Label: Oh Boy
  • UPC: 094012004224
  • Catalog Number: 42
  • Sales rank: 9,426

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow) - Justin Vernon (4:01)
  2. 2 Wedding Day In Funeralville - Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band (2:09)
  3. 3 All the Best - My Morning Jacket (3:16)
  4. 4 Mexican Home - Josh Ritter (3:28)
  5. 5 Six O'Clock News - Lambchop (4:23)
  6. 6 Far From Me - Justin Townes Earle (4:35)
  7. 7 Spanish Pipedream - The Avett Brothers (3:04)
  8. 8 Angel From Montgomery - Old Crow Medicine Show (4:30)
  9. 9 The Late John Garfield Blues - Sara Watkins (4:06)
  10. 10 Daddy's Little Pumpkin - Drive-By Truckers (3:12)
  11. 11 Unwed Fathers - Liz Isenberg (3:39)
  12. 12 Let's Talk Dirty In Hawaiian - Those Darlins (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paleface Harmonica, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Jason Eklund Drums
John Neff Slide Guitar
Matt Swanson Bass Guitar
Mike Cooley Guitar, Vocals
Kurt Wagner Guitar, Vocals
Tony Crow Synthesizer, Piano
My Morning Jacket Vocals
Patterson Hood Guitar, Vocals
Josh Ritter Guitar, Vocals
Sara Watkins Fiddle, Vocals
Sean Watkins Guitar, Bass Guitar
Nik Freitas Electric Guitar
Jason Boesel Drums
Conor Oberst Guitar, Vocals
Brad Morgan Drums
Willie Watson Guitar, Vocals
Scott Avett Banjo, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Seth Avett Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Morgan Jahnig Upright Bass
Taylor Hollingsworth Electric Guitar
William Tyler Guitar
Hands Off Cuba Loops
Ryan Norris Guitar
Scott Martin Drums
Gill Landry Slide Guitar
Justin Townes Earle Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Curtin Percussion
Cory Younts Mandolin
Those Darlins Background Vocals
Christopher Dale Ryan Bass Guitar
Dennis Michael Ryan Drums
Andrew Grant Tobiassen Guitar
Liz Isenberg Vocals
Nikki Darlin Vocals, Baritone Ukulele
Kelley Darlin Bass Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Nathaniel Walcott Organ, Electric Piano
Jacob Edwards Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
Bryn Davies Upright Bass
Shonna Tucker Bass Guitar
Bob Crawford Bass, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Kyla Cech Violin
Jay Gonzalez Keyboards
Ketch Secor Piano, Background Vocals
Linwood Regensburg Drums, Lap Steel Guitar
Kevin Hayes Guitjo
John J. McCauley III Guitar, Vocals
Jessi Darlin Guitar
Macey Taylor Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Fred Koller Composer
John Prine Composer
Pat McLaughlin Composer
David Barbe Producer, Engineer
Al Bunetta Executive Producer
Brian Carter Engineer
Jack Clement Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mark Nevers Producer, Engineer
Andy LeMaster Engineer
Skylar Wilson Producer
My Morning Jacket Instrumentation
Sara Watkins Producer
Sean Watkins Engineer
Kevin Ratterman Engineer
Jim James Producer, Engineer
Cowboy Jack Clement Producer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
The Avett Brothers Producer
Sam Kassirer Producer, Engineer
Adam Bednarik Engineer
Brooks Watson Engineer
Justin Vernon Liner Notes
Justin Townes Earle Producer
Jeff Curtin Producer
Deer Tick Producer
Those Darlins Producer
Doug Williams Producer, Engineer
Brendan Glasson Producer, Engineer
April Base Producer, Engineer
Jeff Brightwell Artwork
Sergio Moctezuma Artwork
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