John Prine’s Records on Atlantic and Asylum Remastered for New Box Set

A collection of Prine's first seven albums

John Prine
John Prine

    Legendary songwriter John Prine passed away earlier this year from complications due to the coronavirus. Music fans everywhere are still processing his immense legacy, and now a new box set looks to become the definite collection of his early years. Crooked Piece of Time: The Atlantic & Asylum Albums (1971-1980) presents remastered CD versions of his first seven albums and will be available October 23rd.

    The collection puts all of the qualities that made Prine so beloved on display. It contains everything from his best known hits like the classic “Angel from Montgomery”, comical sketches like “Dear Abbey”, and philosophical reflections such as “Fish and Whistle”.

    Crooked Piece of Time takes its name from one of the highlights on Bruised Orange (1978), and the set also includes John Prine (1971), Diamonds in the Rough (1972), Sweet Revenge (1973), Common Sense (1975), Pink Cadillac (1979), and Storm Windows (1980).


    Each CD comes with a replica mini-LP sleeve, and the clamshell box is stocked with a 20-page booklet of all-new liner notes by David Fricke. The cover is a painting by Joshua Petker, which is itself based on a photo of Prine by Jim Shea. Scroll onwards for the artwork and tracklist.

    Crooked Piece of Time arrives October 23rd through Rhino. It retails for $54.98 and pre-orders are available now.

    The tributes continue to trickle in for John Prine. Recently named Illinois’ first honorary poet laureate, his final recording, “I Remember Everything”, went on to become his first No. 1 single — and one of our favorite songs of 2020 so far. He was the man of honor for a number of livestreams, including the “Picture Show” concert and a star-studded tribute organized by CoS. Recent John Prine covers have come from Roger Waters and Lucius, Phoebe Bridgers, and Kurt Vile.


    Crooked Piece of TIme: The Atlantic & Asylum Albums (1971-1980) Artwork:

    unnamed 25 John Prines Records on Atlantic and Asylum Remastered for New Box Set

    Crooked Piece of Time: The Atlantic & Asylum Albums (1971-1980) Tracklist:
    John Prine
    01. Illegal Smile
    02. Spanish Pipedream
    03. Hello In There
    04. Sam Stone
    05. Paradise”
    06. Pretty Good
    07. Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore
    08. Far From Me
    09. Angel From Montgomery
    10. Quiet Man
    11. Donald and Lydia
    12. Six O’Clock News
    13. Flashback Blues
    Diamonds in the Rough
    01. Everybody
    02. The Torch Singer
    03. Souvenirs
    04. The Late John Garfield Blues
    05. Sour Grapes
    06. Billy the Bum
    07. The Frying Pan
    08. Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You
    9. Take The Star Out Of The Window
    10. The Great Compromise
    11. Clocks And Spoons
    12.Rocky Mountain Time
    13. Diamonds In The Rough
    Sweet Revenge
    01. Sweet Revenge
    02. Please Don’t Bury Me
    03. Christmas In Prison
    04. Dear Abby
    05. Blue Umbrella
    06. Often Is A Word I Seldom Use
    07. Onomatopoeia
    08. Grandpa Was A Carpenter
    09. The Accident (Things Could Be Worse)
    10. Mexican Home
    11. A Good Time
    12. Nine Pound Hammer
    Common Sense
    01. Middle Man
    02. Common Sense
    03. Come Back To Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard
    04. Wedding Day In Funeralville
    05. Way Down
    06. My Own Best Friend
    07. Forbidden Jimmy
    08. Saddle In The Rain
    09. That Close To You
    10. He Was In Heaven Before He Died
    11. You Never Can Tell
    Bruised Orange
    01. Fish And Whistle
    02. There She Goes
    03. f You Don’t Want My Love
    04. That’s The Way That The World Goes ’round
    05. Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow)
    06. Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone
    07. Aw Heck
    08. Crooked Piece Of Time
    09. Iron Ore Betty
    10. The Hobo Song
    Pink Cadillac
    01. Chinatown
    02. Automobile
    03. Killing The Blues
    04. No Name Girl
    05. Saigon
    06. Cold War (This Cold War With You)
    07. Baby Let’s Play House
    08. Down By The Side Of The Road
    09. How Lucky
    10. Ubangi Stomp
    Storm Windows
    01. Shop Talk
    02. Living In The Future
    03. It’s Happening To You
    04. Sleepy Eyed Boy
    05. All Night Blue
    06. Just Wanna Be With You
    07. Storm Windows
    08. Baby Ruth
    09. One Red Rose
    10. I Had A Dream

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