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In Spite of Ourselves
     

In Spite of Ourselves

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by John Prine
 

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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

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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?

Editorial Reviews

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, Dolores 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Oh Boy
UPC:
0094012001926
catalogNumber:
120019
Rank:
3343

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Performance Credits

John Prine   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
Bunetta   Executive Producer
Dan Einstein   Executive Producer
David Ferguson   Engineer
Pat Neary   Engineer
Mark Miller   Engineer
Aubrie Gass   Composer
Mary Stuart   Producer
King Williams   Engineer
Dana Arnett   Art Direction

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.