John Prine is a prolific producer of insightful, melodic vignettes and a tireless touring troubadour.
John Prine is a prolific producer of insightful, melodic vignettes and a tireless touring troubadour. And while his skill as a live performer is well-documented on audio, his video representation is limited at best. That makes this new DVD-Video release a treasure for Prine's loyal fans. The 13 selections cover Prine's entire career, including well-known chestnuts like "Souvenirs," "Sam Stone," and "Hello in There," as well as more obscure but equally powerful songs like "Six O'Clock News" and "Far From Me." Particularly strong is a stirring take on "Lake Marie," with the song faring better in live treatment than in its studio incarnation. A special treat is five duets with Iris DeMent, including the Bobby Braddock classic "(We're Not) the Jet Set," the sly "Let's Invite Them Over Again," and Prine's own randy love song "In Spite of Ourselves." Along with DeMent, Prine is ably backed by Jason Wilber on guitar and Dave Jacques on bass, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound is crisp, clean, and full. A fitting wide-angle view of both Prine's brilliant catalog and his remarkable rapport with an audience.—RW