Diamonds in the Rough (album)


Diamonds in the Rough (album)
Diamonds in the Rough
Studio album by John Prine
Released 1972
Recorded Atlantic Recording Studios, New York City
Genre Folk, Alt-country, Americana
Label Atlantic
Producer Arif Mardin
John Prine chronology
John Prine
(1971)
Diamonds in the Rough
(1972)
Sweet Revenge
(1973)

Diamonds in the Rough is the second studio album by American country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine, released in 1972.

Contents

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (A-) [2]

Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote of the album "John Prine's second album was a cut below his first, only because the debut was a classic and the followup was merely terrific... Diamonds in the Rough demonstrated that Prine had an enduring talent that wasn't exhausted by one great album."[1] Music critic Robert Christgau wrote "Not as rich as the debut, but more artlessly and confidently sung—the gruff monotone avoids melodrama in favor of Prine's own version of good-old-boy..."[2]

Track listing

All tracks composed by John Prine; except where indicated

  1. "Everybody" – 2:43
  2. "The Torch Singer" – 2:52
  3. "Souvenirs" – 3:32
  4. "The Late John Garfield Blues" – 3:02
  5. "Sour Grapes" – 2:00
  6. "Billy the Bum" – 4L41
  7. "The Frying Pan" – 1:47
  8. "Yes I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You" – 2:08
  9. "Take the Star Out of the Window" – 2:06
  10. "The Great Compromise" – 4:57
  11. "Clocks and Spoons" – 3:10
  12. "Rocky Mountain Time" – 3:03
  13. "Diamonds in the Rough" (A. P. Carter) – 1:49

Personnel

  • John Prine - vocals, guitar, dobro
  • Steve Goodman - guitar, harmony vocals
  • David Bromberg - guitar
  • Steve Burgh - bass, drums
  • Dave Prine - mandolin

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Pop Albums 148

References


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