I've been buying music ever since I was a kid some 30 plus years ago and in that time I've amassed a 1000 plus collection. Some records you liked for one song at the time, bought, played a few times and then let gather dust. Others, like this, just hit you the first time you played it and you never stopped playing it. Like the previous reviewer, I bought the vinyl way back in 1985, played it to death, then bought the CD. Now it's been remastered I'll be buying it again.
This album is a classic from start to finish, with maybe a slight exception to the last track ('The Kind Of Fella I Am'), which wasn't on the original vinyl album and only added at CD stage. It's an OK song, but it seems a little out of place on this CD. The rest more than stands the test of time and it still gets played regularly now. I'd undoubtedly say it's my favourite record of all time even though John is not my favourite artist/band.
Even though he's not reached the same heights after his next album (The Lonesome Jubilee), having listened to a few bootleg live recordings from his current US/Canadian tour (late 2007/early 2008), his new album sounds very, very promising. I don't think that there's a release date yet, but I will definitely be looking out for it going by the 4 new songs in his current setlist. It's being produced by T Bone Burnett who's just produced the excellent Robert Plant/Alison Krauss 'Raising Sands' CD', so it should be good.
Finally, John, if you just happen to be reading this, how about a UK tour sometime? It's been way too long!!!