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The Singing Mailman Delivers

John Prine Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Oh Boy
  • ASIN: B005LZW822
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Flashback Blues 1:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Frying Pan 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sour Grapes 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Star, A Jewel, And A Hoax 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Flashback Blues (Live) 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Hello In There (Live) 4:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore (Live) 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Great Compromise (Live) 6:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Blue Umbrella (Live) 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Illegal Smile (Live) 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Angel From Montgomery (Live) 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. A Good Time (Live) 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Hey Good Lookin' / Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (Live) 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Quiet Man (Live) 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Paradise (Live) 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Great Society Conflict Veteran's Blues (Live) 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Spanish Pipedream (Live) 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 


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The new two-disc archival release from John Prine featuring studio & live recordings dating back to 1970, one year before his debut album. Long before the awards and accolades, the concerts and albums, John Prine trudged through snow in the cold Chicago winters, delivering mail to his childhood suburb. “I always likened the mail route to a library with no books,” says John Prine. “I passed the time each day making up these little ditties.” 'The Singing Mailman Delivers' is a two-disc archival release featuring the earliest studio and live recordings from Prine dating back to 1970, one year before his debut album. In August 1970, John Prine visited a Chicago radio station for an interview. “I asked after the show if it were possible to stick around and tape all the songs I had written up until then,” says Prine. The live performance was recorded at the Fifth Peg in Chicago in November 1970, where Prine played three nights a week, while still delivering mail during the day. Prine takes the live audience through twelve of his classic tunes, a few of which already sound like crowd favourites. These amateur recordings on 'The Singing Mailman Delivers' truly show Prine as a poet whose songs were refined since inception, and written by an unassuming songwriter, trying to pass time on his mail route.

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5.0 out of 5 stars unmistakeable 18 Nov 2011
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This is a wonderful surprise. 2 John Prine performances stretching back to before he even recorded his eponymous debut. What's even more astonishing is how finely wrought these songs were already. There is virtually nothing to distinguish them from the studio recordings except the additional instrumental embellishments. On top of that John Prine already had such good material that these 1970 songs appeared over the course of his 3 original albums. The songs as ever are beautifully played and sung, and there is the added bonus of the contrast between the first cd which was recorded in August 1970 at WFMT studios and the second cd which is a live performance in november 1970 at the Fifth Peg in Chicago with the always affable John Prine sounding relaxed and enjoying himself with an already adoring public!!! Absolutely essential.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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John Prine is well known now, but in 1970 and 1971, he was a young guy working at the Post Office in un-fancy Maywood, IL in the U.S. He's walking his route everyday just outside of Chicago, making up rhymes and songs to break up the boredom. Nothing so special in that, right? Just a singing mailman, another guy singing on the job.

He's delivering mail and writing down the words on his lunch break. A few of them show promise. A few more seem pretty good. Suddenly these amazing songs begin to blossom from his insights into peoples' lives -- the old people in Hello In There, young peoples' search for happiness and fun, the desire for fulfillment of the angel from Montgomery, the emptiness of Sam Stone and the hole in his arm, the devastation of a community by a giant coal company. He's both poignant and funny in exposing the irony of situations.

When I was young, I thought they were great songs filled with emotion. Forty years later, I listen to them and I'm amazed by their insights and wisdom, especially from someone in his early twenties.

The beauty of these two performances is in realizing their historical context. They are not a trove of recently discovered "new" songs, and you might be disappointed if that's what you're expecting. The two performances (one in a radio studio as a favor after an interview with the legendary Studs Terkel, the other at a small club in Chicago) are much more valuable for the way they peel back history.

Prine's humorous comments between songs in the 1971 live show are sharp and fresh enough to still make you laugh. These two discs are a valuable look at the act of creation of an incredible body of songs as they are being born.

It is a rare glimpse into what came before the beginning.

Thanks John.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Postman always sings twice 22 Mar 2012
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Nice early versions of some great songs some are duplicated studio and live versions.
Hope there are more in the garage
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delivery on time Excellent 22 Aug 2013
By Walter
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Don't know how they managed to get a good clear copy of songs from 3M tape without the imperfections but they did. The live performance numbers are also of good quality and the audience gives added atmosphere to the songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOP SONGWRITER. 13 July 2013
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Greatest of songwriters, not only in my opinion, star writers like kristofferson rate prine as the best.I have seen jp. 3 times and even shook his hand, he is my favourite songwriter, like cash,van zant etc. NOT the worlds best singers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Prine 12 Jun 2013
By BuDuWa
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I had to buy this, John Prine a big big favourite of mine, Nice to add it to my collection
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