In Spite of Ourselves

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Raspy voiced troubadour John Prine, best known for the heartfelt ballad "Angel from Montgomery" and irreverent social commentary including "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore," devotes himself to duets with an album of country classics -- and then some. "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds" is sung here with country standard bearer Melba Montgomery, and Prine revels in some lesser known nuggets like the bizarre honky-tonk jukebox take on wife swapping, "Let's Invite Them Over," which he performs with Iris DeMent. Country great Connie Smith guests on two songs, and there's a pair of unexpected duets with Irish songstress Dolores Keane as well. Prine's ...
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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Raspy voiced troubadour John Prine, best known for the heartfelt ballad "Angel from Montgomery" and irreverent social commentary including "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore," devotes himself to duets with an album of country classics -- and then some. "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds" is sung here with country standard bearer Melba Montgomery, and Prine revels in some lesser known nuggets like the bizarre honky-tonk jukebox take on wife swapping, "Let's Invite Them Over," which he performs with Iris DeMent. Country great Connie Smith guests on two songs, and there's a pair of unexpected duets with Irish songstress Dolores Keane as well. Prine's conversational style fits best with Patty Loveless's high lonesome sound on "Back Street Affair," Emmylou Harris's cracked crystalline phrasing on "I Know One," and Lucinda Williams' delta dialogue on "Wedding Bells." The delicate duet with his wife, Fiona, on "When a Tear Becomes a Rose" shows that Prine can handle the softer side of things, too. But lest things get too sentimental, he closes with a song for (and with) the guys, "John I Sent Your Saddle Home." Ironic, funny, and sentimental -- would you expect anything less from John Prine?
All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
In Spite of Ourselves is John Prine's tribute to the music he grew up with -- good country songs written by folks like Roger Miller and Jack Clement. It is, at the same time, a golden opportunity for him to collaborate with some of his all-time favorite female vocalists. In the liner notes booklet, Prine tells the story: "I made a list of my favorite girl singers and the first nine I called said 'yes.' I nearly fell over." One of Prine's favorites is Iris DeMent, and her unique vocals grace four of the tracks here, including "We're Not The Jet Set," "We Could," and Prine's lone songwriting appearance, "In Spite of Ourselves," a song written for the upcoming Billy Bob Thornton film, Daddy & Them, in which Prine appears. Trisha Yearwood, Connie Smith, Fiona Prine, Melba Montgomery, Emmylou Harris, Delores Keane, Patty Loveless, and Lucinda Williams all share the studio with Prine, creating some mighty powerful duets. From Freddie Hart's "Loose Talk" to Don Everly's "So Sad To Watch Good Love Go Bad," the album manages to create a seamless scrapbook of both old and new songs, artists and memories. Prine's duets are backed by some of the very best musicians available. Buddy Emmons and Dan Dugmore, two incredible pedal steel players, and Sam Bush, Kenny Malone, Jason Wilber, Jim Rooney, and Marty Stuart are just a few of the stellar players featured on the album. Overall, In Spite of Ourselves ranks as one of Prine's finest works, a scrapbook of country classics, interpreted by some of the genres best female vocalists, in duet with one fine American singer and a great songwriter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Oh Boy
  • UPC: 094012001926
  • Catalog Number: 120019
  • Sales rank: 9,711

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Prine Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Dolores Keane Track Performer
Emmylou Harris Track Performer
Patty Loveless Track Performer
Melba Montgomery Track Performer
Trisha Yearwood Track Performer
Iris DeMent Track Performer
Connie Smith Track Performer
Lucinda Williams Track Performer
Paul Griffith Drums
Technical Credits
Marty Stuart Producer
Bill Anderson Composer
Tex Ritter Composer
John Prine Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Phil Everly Composer
Freddie Hart Composer
Jim Rooney Producer, Liner Notes
Al Bunetta Executive Producer
Dan Einstein Executive Producer
David Ferguson Engineer
Pat Neary Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Mark Miller Engineer
Aubrie Gass Composer
Mary Stuart Producer
King Williams Engineer
Eric Conn Digital Editing
Dana Arnett Art Direction
Claude "Curly" Putman Jr. Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing CD

    Love every song on this CD. My brother owned it, and after staying with him and listening to this CD - I was totally hooked and had to get my own copy! I highly recommend it- the songs never get old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Am I really the first???

    It is so hard to imagine that I am actually the first person to take the time to write a review on this absolutely excellent CD! Why??? The songs on this disc are all wonderful, so much so that it is hard to narrow it down and comment on just one of the tunes. John Prine singing with such awesome talented women-Icons of the music world...EmmyLou, Lucinda, Iris, Trisha, etc...I truly wonder why more people don't seem to be more familiar with this most talented man/singer/songwriter/entertainer/survivor. He has lived, he has loved, he has hurt, he has felt, and...it all shows through his music. I am looking forward to seeing John for the fourth time on 4/2/04 in Reading, Pa. I have seen him 3 times-all of those shows in Philadelphia, and I always left his shows with a big smile on my face, and great satisfaction about my time spent at his show! Now, he is soon coming to the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading, Pa- much closer to my home town! When I got the notification from Oh Boy Records that he would be performing so close to home, I was totally thrilled! John's lyrics and uplifting music have always had the most positive effect on me, and on anyone who is fortunate enough to experience his great talent, so much that I am sure that all who listen to him or see him will leave his show with a huge smile on their face, and a happy heart-satisfaction guaranteed. This CD, and all of his shows are worth so much more than monetary value-he speaks and feels of real life---you have my word!!!!

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