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Christmas (1994)

Artist: John Prine
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Format: CD
Sku: 60020887
UPC: 094012001124
UPC 14: 00094012001124
Release Date: 11/2/1993
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Everything Is Cool ~ John Prine
2. All The Best - (live) ~ John Prine
3. Silent Night All Day Long ~ John Prine
4. If You Were The Woman And I Was The Man - (live, with Cowboy Junkies) ~ John Prine
5. Silver Bells ~ John Prine
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus ~ John Prine
7. Christmas In Prison - (live) ~ John Prine
8. John Prine Christmas, A ~ John Prine
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: John Prine (guitar, vocals), Howie Epstein, Bill Bonk (guitar, background vocals), Phil Donnelly, Jim Rooney (guitar), Mike Cass (steel guitar, dobro), Leo Le Blanc (steel guitar), Jaydee Manness (pedal steel), Mark Howard (mandolin, guitar), Shawn Camp (fiddle), Phil Parlapiano (accordion, mandolin), Del Wood (piano), Benmont Tench, Bobby Whitlock, Spooner Oldham (keyboards), John Ciambotti, Duane Jarvis, Roy Huskey Jr. Chris Etheridge (bass), Joe Romersa (drums, percussion), Kenny Malone, Tony Newman (drums), James O'Rooney (sleigh bells), Kathy Johnson, Pat McLaughlin, Rachel Peer (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers: Howie Epstein, John Prine, David Ferguson, Jim Rooney, John Conlon.
Muze PNote Engineers: John Falzarano, David Ferguson, R. Skye, C. Charucki, S. O'Brien, Jack Grochmal, John Donegan, Jimmy Stroud.
Muze PNote All songs written or co-written by John Prine except "If You Were The Man And I Was The Woman" (Michael Timmins), "Silver Bells" (Evans/Livingston) and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (Thomas Connor).
Muze PNote Personnel: John Prine (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Rachel Peer (vocals, dancer); Kathleen Johnson, Margo Timmins, Pat McLaughlin (vocals); Howie Epstein (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); David Lindley (guitar, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, zither); Bill "Luigi" Bonk (guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Ken Myhr, Jim Rooney, Michael Timmins (guitar); Mark Howard (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Philip Donnelly (electric guitar); Mike Cass (steel guitar, dobro, steel pan); Leo LeBlanc (steel guitar); Phil Parlapiano (mandolin, accordion); Jeff Bird (mandolin); Shawn Camp (fiddle); Spencer Evans (clarinet); Del Wood (piano); Spooner Oldham, Benmont Tench, Bobby Whitlock (keyboards); Joe Romersa (drums, percussion); Tony Newman , Kenny Malone, Peter Timmins (drums); James O'Rooney (bells).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Cowboy Junkies; David Ferguson ; Ed Seay; Jack Grochmal; Bob Cobban; Jim Rooney; John Prine.
Muze PNote Recording information: Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA; Cowboy Arms Hotel And Recording Spa; Huh Sound Theater, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: JayDee Mannes; Rachel Peer-Prine.
Muze PNote For anyone who'd lost track of John Prine after the 1970s, the idea of a rather cynical singer/songwriter recording a holiday album must have seemed a rather odd one. But Prine, while never relinquishing his wry sense of humor, had mellowed quite a bit since writing about getting kicked off of Noah's ark in "Sweet Revenge." Besides, by 1988 he had his own record company, and it's always nice to have a perennial favorite in the catalog. The first two songs are originals and are probably the best songs on the album, with Prine once again offering his observations on relationships gone sour. The first, though, surprisingly relates that even though the narrator's girl dumped him a year ago on Christmas, he's learned to go on with his life. The bitterness, however, creeps back in to "All the Best." Prine opens this live piece with a funny monolog about him and a friend nailing a train set to the dining room table, and then delves into a sad story of love thrown away like yesterday's Christmas tree. He also includes a new version of "Christmas in Prison," a solid song from his third album, Sweet Revenge. The remainder of the album is filled with holiday classics, including a fun take on "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." The downside of the album is that it's awful short -- 32 minutes -- and even then, one of the songs -- a duo with Margo Timmins on "If You Were the Woman and I Was the Man" -- doesn't even come close to fitting the holiday spirit (though it may have fit on the Dirty Santa soundtrack). Still, this isn't the run-of-the-mill holiday product, and Prine can still write a good song when he sets his mind to it. Old fans will be glad to see that even cynics can age gracefully. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist David Lindley
Muze Guest Artist Cowboy Junkies

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Vol. 2
Muze Music Compilations Rock-Live From Mountain Stage (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Friends Of Mine
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Dreamer
Muze Music Compilations American Music:hightone Records Story
Muze Music Compilations Americana Christmas:millennium Collec
Muze Music Compilations Poet:tribute To Townes Van Zandt
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Dreamer
Muze Music Compilations This One's For Him:tribute To Guy Cla
Muze Music Compilations Love For Levon
Muze Music Compilations High Tone Years

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/13/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1994
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : OBR 011
Music Label Name Label : Oh Boy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Mixed
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00094012001124

Professional Reviews

Sing Out! (11-12/94-1/95, p.127)
- "...a must-have....Estimable singing and playing from a legend, with studio country/pop/folk backup musicians of L.A./Nashville ilk..."

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