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In spite of ourselves
Prine, John.
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Publication Information:
[Nashville, Tenn.] : Oh Boy Records, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (43 min., 55 sec.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
(We're not) the jet set / Bobby Braddock -- So sad (to watch good love go bad / Don Everly -- Wedding bells/Let's turn back the years / Claude Boone/Hank Williams -- When two worlds collide / Roger Miller, Bill Anderson -- Milwaukee here I come / Lee Fikes -- I know one -- Jack Clement -- It's a cheating situation / Claude Putman Jr., Sonny Throckmorton -- Back street affair / Billy Wallace -- Loose talk / Freddie Hart, Ann Lucas -- Let's invite them over / Onie Wheeler -- 'Til a tear becomes a rose / Sharon & Bill Rice -- In a town this size / Kieran Kane -- We could / Felice Bryant -- We must have been out of our minds / Melba Montgomery -- In spite of ourselves / John Prine -- Dear John (I sent your saddle home) / Aubrey A. Gass.
Format :
Music CD


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Material Type
Home Location
Anna M. Reinstein Library #1030 (BLUE) Compact Disc Audio Visual
Audubon Library BL3638 Compact Disc Open Shelf
Collins Library BPC 401 Compact Disc Audio Visual

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In Spite of Ourselves is John Prine's tribute to the music he grew up with -- good country songs written by folks like Roger Miller and Jack Clement. It is, at the same time, a golden opportunity for him to collaborate with some of his all-time favorite female vocalists. In the liner notes booklet, Prine tells the story: "I made a list of my favorite girl singers and the first nine I called said 'yes.' I nearly fell over." One of Prine's favorites is Iris DeMent, and her unique vocals grace four of the tracks here, including "(We're Not) The Jet Set," "We Could," and Prine's lone songwriting appearance, "In Spite of Ourselves," a song written for the upcoming Billy Bob Thornton film, Daddy & Them, in which Prine appears. Trisha Yearwood, Connie Smith, Fiona Prine, Melba Montgomery, Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane, Patty Loveless, and Lucinda Williams all share the studio with Prine, creating some mighty powerful duets. From Freddie Hart's "Loose Talk" to Don Everly's "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)," the album manages to create a seamless scrapbook of both old and new songs, artists and memories. Prine's duets are backed by some of the very best musicians available. Buddy Emmons and Dan Dugmore, two incredible pedal steel players, and Sam Bush, Kenny Malone, Jason Wilber, Jim Rooney, and Marty Stuart are just a few of the stellar players featured on the album. Overall, In Spite of Ourselves ranks as one of Prine's finest works, a scrapbook of country classics, interpreted by some of the genres best female vocalists, in duet with one fine American singer and a great songwriter. ~ Michael B. Smith

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