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A John Prine Christmas
John Prine
A John Prine Christmas
Genres: Country, Folk, Special Interest
 
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A John Prine Christmas by John Prine

      
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All Artists: John Prine
Title: A John Prine Christmas
Members Wishing: 17
Total Copies: 0
Label: Oh Boy Records
Release Date: 4/8/2009
Genres: Country, Folk, Special Interest
Styles: Contemporary Folk, Holiday & Wedding
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 094012001124

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A John Prine Christmas by John Prine

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Yes, it's a Christmas album; just go with it
elvistcob@lvcm.com | Las Vegas, NV | 01/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"OK, so at least one song has nothing to do with Christmas ("If You Were the Woman and I Was the Man), although it's a beautiful song. And in one, he mentions Christmas in the intro only ("All the Best"). And one mentions Christmas in the song, but is arguably not a Christmas song ("Everything is Cool"). And there are only eight total tracks on the whole thing. But this is taking it's place very close to "Phil Spector's Christmas Album" as my all-time favorite. John Prine is also very close to Bob Dylan in my eyes for title of all-time best songwriter. His quirky use of making us look at the meanings of words a little differently has always mesmerized me. A good example is in the best original Christmas song here "Silent Night All Day Long". Just looking at the title is a good example of this. It is the closing line of a very moving chorus of a song that would be a modern classic if radio programmers had any sense. He also throws in a few traditional songs, "Silver Bells" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", the latter being done with a rollicking saloon piano in the background. Of course we get his immortal "Chrismas in Prison", and who thought THAT song would ever appear on a Christmas album? The closing monologue is touching, and has a surprise ending that, once again, may not be traditionally Christmas, but somehow fits and leaves you with a good feeling. This album gets more likeable each time you listen to it."
Prine has it right -- Christmas is about memories
elvistcob@lvcm.com | 12/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Imagine your favorite uncle telling you Christmas stories fireside in song. That would be this CD. It connects. Like Prine, I remember writing new Christmas wish lists every night from the Montgomery Ward catalog starting in August. Thanks for the memory."
Bring Out The "PrineCones" - It's Christmas!
Michael G. Batcho | McAdoo, PA (USA) | 11/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""A John Prine Chirstmas" . . . yes, it IS a Christmas album . . . but yes, i listen to this album "year 'round". It is classic John Prine, and the seasonal holiday leaning of it's themes in no way stand in the way of all year listening and enjoyment of these great songs and great "Prine performances".

From the very first note of the very first track, "Everything Is Cool" . . . you just know that for the duration of this album's play, everything IS cool. (and it is one of the best songs John Prine has ever written at that.)

"All The Best" is a slightly comic look at a "broken relationship" and wishing the other "all the best" nonetheless. One can't picture John Prine with any other ciew on life, even when life doesn't go the way we'd have liked it to go.

"Silent Night All Day long" is a christmas card in music and lyric . . . it just paints a beautiful nostalgic holiday card picture of two lovers memories of christmas together. a little melancholy, a little tinge of sadness of the past, and a lot of beauty - another og John's best.

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause" will just break you up in a smile and then into outright laughter -- "i saw mommy kissing Santa Clause . . .ON THE LIPS!" John laughs in mock shock!

"Christmas In Prison" is a live version of an early John Prine song. It describes the isolation and loneliness of celebrating Christmas for those locked behind prison walls and bars. Like the late great Johnny Cash, John Prine seems to catch hold of a glimpse of a soul's thoughts and feelings in such isolated circumstances. This is a truly great song by john Prine.

John Ends this Christmas tour de force with a story of "A John Prine Christmas" . . . suffice it to say that he concludes this account with an acordion solo of "The Lichtenstein Polka"! ha! . . . a tribute to his childhood memories of Christmases past no doubt.

Even if you don't have the "Christmas Spirit", get this album . . you'll love it . .and enjoy it all through the year . . and it WILL be Christmas All Year Long!

Thank you John Prine for all the great songs and smiles you have brought to us . . and we always look forward to many more . . . and this "A John Prine Christmas" cd will bring me smiles for a long long time to come. :)"