John Prine - New York 1978 (2CD)


Broadcast live by King Biscuit on July 11th 1978, this superb performance from the now tragically late John Prine recorded at the Bottom Line Club in New York's Greenwich Village, several years into the man's career, is among his finest ever shows. His debut album had been released to huge critical acclaim, albeit somewhat modest sales (reaching only 153 on Billboard), in 1971 on the Atlantic label. Featuring such legendary numbers as 'Hello in There' and 'Angel From Montgomery' (versions of both are featured) it was voted into Rolling Stone's All Time Greatest 500 Albums list in 2003. The tour, of which this gig was part, was performed in support of Bruised Orange (1978), Prine's 5th studio album, and the lengthy 30-song set list features no fewer than 6 of the album's 10 cuts, although strangely John omits to perform the stunning title track. The remainder of the songs played are a mix from 3 out of 4 previous albums (he doesn't play anything from his sophomore record, 1972's Diamonds In The Rough) plus a smattering of cuts yet to be released at show-time, but made available on 1979's Pink Cadillac and post-1980 releases. A few well-chosen covers are additionally played, including a rocking version of 'Treat Me Nice' (from the pens of messrs. Leiber and Stoller) and a nice 'Ballad Of A Teenage Queen' - made famous by Johnny Cash but composed by Prine's friend Jack Clement. A wonderful ambience prevails across the whole 130 minutes that the gig extends, and some of the usual JP between-song-patter is well placed and timely, charting a seamless show that remains among the finest that this maverick songwriter ever performed.

Track Listing

Disc 1:

Spanish Pipedream

Often Is A Word I Seldom Use

Angel From Montgomery

Fish And Whistle

Crooked Piece Of Time

Blue Umbrella

Illegal Smile

Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone

The Bottomless Lake

Sam Stone

That's The Way That The World Goes Round

There She Goes

I Had A Dream Last Night


If You Don't Want My Love

Disc 2:

Try To Find Another Man

Everything's About The Same

Hello In There

Grandpa Was A Carpenter

Ballad Of A Teenage Queen


Please Don't Bury Me

Sleepy Eyed Boy

Treat Me Nice


Sailin' Around

Mexican Home

How Lucky Can One Man Get

I'm Not That Good At Goodbye

Saddle In The Rain

Release date 08.07.2020