ARTIST: John Prine
TITLE: Diamonds in the Rough
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: #148
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Souvenirs, Yes I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You, The Great Compromise
LINEUP: John Prine, Steve Goodman, David Bromberg, Dave Prine, Steve Burgh
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album from this troubadour mines the same territory of his excellent debut, but this time the song depth isn’t quite there. That’s kind of a quibble.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Instead of front to back classics, the second album from John Prine merely has some classics interspersed through the record. Oh, darn.
“Souvenirs” and “The Great Compromise” are on most people’s list of Prine favorites. Not everyone can get allusions to the compromised history of the US and Vietnam into the same song.
But a few tracks are too much like each other or like those from his first album. Variety is a little short here. The songs are mostly fine, but for that, the album suffers a bit.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The album took three days and focused on bluegrass and other country idioms.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE A-: Not as rich as his debut, but it’s still a fine album.