Listen Now
Go Unlimited
Start your 30-day free trial
Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can play 40 million songs, thousands of playlists and ad-free stations including new releases. Learn More
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to (UK).

Temple Beautiful has been added to your Basket
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
+ £1.76 delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by musicMagpie
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Buy with confidence from a huge UK seller, all items despatched next day directly from the UK. All items are quality guaranteed.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £4.99

Temple Beautiful CD

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

Price: £12.13 & FREE UK Delivery on orders dispatched by Amazon over £20. Delivery Details
See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Now with Amazon Music
Temple Beautiful Amazon Music Unlimited
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, CD, 6 Feb 2012
£12.13 £6.98
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
AutoRip is available only for eligible CDs and vinyl sold by Amazon EU Sarl (but does not apply to gift orders or PrimeNow orders). See Terms and Conditions for full details, including costs which may apply for the MP3 version in case of order returns or cancellations.
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
13 new from £12.13 3 used from £6.98

Amazon's Chuck Prophet Store

Frequently bought together

  • Temple Beautiful
  • +
  • Let Freedom Ring
  • +
  • Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
Total price: £35.72
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (6 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Yep Roc
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Audio Cassette |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,986 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99
Listen Now Buy: £0.99

Product description

BBC Review

Thankfully, Jonathan Richman and Lou Reed are still with us and making music, so it’s inappropriate to talk about them as if they aren’t. That said, Chuck Prophet appears to be their natural successor (he’s even worked as a session musician for Richman). Though from San Francisco rather than New York, his songs are delivered with the same kind of relaxed drawl and are full of stories about the city that he lives in and the colourful characters that inhabit it.

Temple Beautiful is Prophet’s 12th studio album, not counting his work with psychedelic troupe Green on Red, and delivers 12 gritty but soulful tracks full of philosophical musings, emotional outpouring and incisive metaphors. On one hand, it’s raw and stripped down, but on the other it’s expertly crafted – the sound of streets thousands of miles away brought into your living room, with all the lives that traverse along them.

Castro Halloween addresses that very American holiday with a twinge of pained regret overlying the gentle rock’n’roll chug of the tune, while Willie Mays Is Up At Bat – again, another very American reference – sees Prophet tell a tale of various characters as life continues on around them. It’s that ability – to zoom in on specific people while also presenting an overview of their surroundings – that adds to the similarity Prophet shares with Reed and Richman. Museum of Broken Hearts, as its title suggests, is a slow, sad lament for love gone wrong which collects people from across centuries – "There’s a caveman, a soccer mom, a prison guard, a whore, there’s a virgin bride on her wedding day," Prophet croons, before revealing the universal truth that, "nobody is ever turned away". As R.E.M. once noted, everybody hurts sometimes.

Its tone is not saccharine, however, but realistic – an ordinary idea expressed through poetic imagery to powerful effect. And that, really, is the heart of Temple Beautiful – it’s a collection of narratives and emotions and people all coexisting and revealed through Prophet’s idiosyncratic style. It’s something that Richman and Reed have been kings of doing for years. Perhaps it’s time to add another throne next to them.

--Mischa Pearlman

Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window

Customer reviews

Share your thoughts with other customers
See all 15 customer reviews

Top customer reviews

29 March 2015
Format: Vinyl|Verified Purchase
4 February 2016
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
6 March 2018
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
7 August 2017
Format: Vinyl|Verified Purchase
13 November 2015
Format: Vinyl|Verified Purchase
2 June 2017
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
30 October 2012
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase
19 May 2012
Format: Audio CD|Verified Purchase

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Pages with related products. See and discover other items: chuck prophet

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?