Complete List Of John Prine Live Albums

John Prine Live Albums

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If you have ever seen John Prine live like we have, you know that the man was an extraordinary artist in so many ways. This Complete List Of  John Prine Live Albums And Songs presents the full discography of  John Prine Live albums

John Prine Live

Released 1988

John Prine Live, released in 1988, is a live album that captures the essence of Prine’s performances during this period of his career. This album is significant as it showcases Prine’s ability to connect with his audience through his storytelling and song interpretation. The setlist includes a selection of his classic songs, delivered with the warmth, humor, and authenticity that Prine was renowned for.

Recorded at various concert venues, the album features Prine’s live renditions of his beloved songs, often adding new dimensions to the studio versions. The album was released on Prine’s own independent label, Oh Boy Records, reflecting his move towards greater artistic independence.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard” – 3:21
  2. “Six O’Clock News” – 4:33
  3. “The Oldest Baby in the World” – 3:08
  4. “Angel from Montgomery” – 5:03
  5. “Grandpa Was a Carpenter” – 2:56
  6. “Blue Umbrella” – 3:54
  7. “Fish and Whistle” – 3:14
  8. “Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone” – 3:02
  9. “Living in the Future” – 4:34
  10. “Illegal Smile” – 4:30
  11. “Mexican Home” – 4:48
  12. “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” – 4:44
  13. “The Accident (Things Could Be Worse)” – 3:32
  14. “Sam Stone” – 4:58
  15. “Souvenirs” – 4:18
  16. “Hello in There” – 5:29

Live on Tour

Released 1997

Live on Tour, released in 1997, is another live album that showcases John Prine’s performances from the mid-1990s. This album captures the raw and authentic energy of Prine’s live shows, featuring a mix of his classic songs and some lesser-known gems. The live setting adds a new layer of depth and emotion to Prine’s songwriting, highlighting his skills as a performer.

The album, recorded at various locations during his tour, presents Prine’s interactions with the audience and his ability to bring his stories to life on stage. It serves as a valuable document of Prine’s ongoing evolution as a live artist.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Picture Show” – 3:30
  2. “Quit Hollerin’ at Me” – 4:23
  3. “You Got Gold” – 4:40
  4. “Unwed Fathers” – 3:36
  5. “Space Monkey” – 4:36
  6. “The Late John Garfield Blues” – 3:55
  7. “Storm Windows” – 5:00
  8. “Jesus the Missing Years” – 5:04
  9. “Humidity Built the Snowman” – 4:26
  10. “Illegal Smile” – 4:28
  11. “Daddy’s Little Pumpkin” – 3:19
  12. “Lake Marie” – 6:28
  13. “If I Could” – 3:51

In Person & On Stage

Released 2010

In Person & On Stage, released in 2010, is a live album that offers a comprehensive look at John Prine’s live performances in the late 2000s. This album features recordings from various concerts, providing a broad overview of Prine’s extensive catalog. It includes many of his classic songs, as well as some newer material, all performed with the warmth and authenticity that are hallmarks of Prine’s style.

The album captures the intimate connection between Prine and his audience, showcasing his ability to convey stories and emotions through his music. It’s a testament to his enduring appeal as a live performer.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Spanish Pipedream” – 3:04
  2. “She Is My Everything” – 4:25
  3. “In Spite of Ourselves” (with Iris DeMent) – 3:35
  4. “Long Monday” – 3:22
  5. “The Late John Garfield Blues” (with Sara Watkins) – 4:04
  6. “The Bottomless Lake” – 5:07
  7. “Bear Creek Blues” – 4:10
  8. “Saddle in the Rain” – 3:30
  9. “Angel from Montgomery” (with Emmylou Harris) – 5:01
  10. “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore” – 2:52
  11. “Mexican Home” (with Josh Ritter) – 5:20
  12. “Unwed Fathers” (with Iris DeMent) – 4:36
  13. “Glory of True Love” – 4:11
  14. “Paradise” (with Kane Welch Kaplin) – 3:42

Singing Mailman Delivers

Released October 2011

Singing Mailman Delivers, released in October 2011, is a unique compilation that offers a glimpse into John Prine’s early years as a songwriter. The album debuted at number 94 on the Billboard 200, number 20 on the Top Rock Albums chart, and number 22 on the Top Folk Albums chart, and it reached number 4 on the Top Heatseekers chart. This two-disc set features a collection of Prine’s earliest recordings, dating back to 1970, just before his eponymous debut album.

The first disc contains a studio performance recorded at WFMT in Chicago, showcasing Prine’s raw talent and emerging voice as a songwriter. The second disc features a live performance at the Fifth Peg in Chicago, providing an intimate look at Prine’s early stage presence and his ability to captivate an audience with just his voice and guitar. This collection is a treasure for fans and historians alike, offering insight into the formative stages of Prine’s illustrious career.

CD Track Listings:

Disc 1: Studio Performance at WFMT (1970)

  1. “Hello in There”
  2. “Souvenirs”
  3. “Great Society Conflict Veteran’s Blues”
  4. “Paradise”
  5. “Blue Umbrella”
  6. “Aw Heck”
  7. “Illegal Smile”
  8. “Flashback Blues”
  9. “The Frying Pan”
  10. “Sour Grapes”
  11. “A Star, a Jewel, and a Hoax”

Disc 2: Live Performance at the Fifth Peg (1970)

  1. “Flashback Blues”
  2. “Hello in There”
  3. “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore”
  4. “The Great Compromise”
  5. “Blue Umbrella”
  6. “Illegal Smile”
  7. “Angel from Montgomery”
  8. “A Good Time”
  9. “Hey Good Lookin'”
  10. “Quiet Man”
  11. “Paradise”
  12. “Great Society Conflict Veteran’s Blues”
  13. “Spanish Pipedream”

September ’78

Released April 2015

September ’78, released in April 2015, is a live album that captures a vintage performance by John Prine. This recording, from a concert in September 1978, showcases Prine in his prime, performing a mix of his early classics and then-contemporary material. The album provides a snapshot of Prine’s live shows from this era, highlighting his skill as a performer and his unique ability to connect with his audience.

The album features solo performances by Prine, recorded at the Park West in Chicago. His engaging storytelling and the intimate setting create a compelling listening experience, reflecting the essence of Prine’s live appeal.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Often Is a Word I Seldom Use”
  2. “Angel from Montgomery”
  3. “Crooked Piece of Time”
  4. “I Had a Dream”
  5. “Try to Find Another Man”
  6. “Pretty Good”
  7. “Iron Ore Betty”
  8. “Please Don’t Bury Me”
  9. “Treat Me Nice”
  10. “Sweet Revenge”
  11. “Dear Abby”
  12. “Losing End of a Long Goodbye”
  13. “Hello in There”

Live At The Other End, Dec. 1975

Released June 2021

Live At The Other End, Dec. 1975, released in June 2021, is a posthumous release that brings to light a previously unreleased live performance by John Prine. Recorded in December 1975 at The Other End (formerly known as The Bitter End) in New York City, this album captures Prine at a pivotal moment in his early career. The release offers a rich live experience, featuring Prine’s classic songs from his first three albums, along with some rarities.

This live recording showcases Prine’s exceptional storytelling, humor, and songwriting prowess. The intimate setting and Prine’s interaction with the audience add a special dimension to this historic performance.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard”
  2. “Six O’Clock News”
  3. “The Oldest Baby in the World”
  4. “Angel from Montgomery”
  5. “Grandpa Was a Carpenter”
  6. “Blue Umbrella”
  7. “Fish and Whistle”
  8. “Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone”
  9. “Living in the Future”
  10. “Illegal Smile”
  11. “Mexican Home”
  12. “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness”
  13. “The Accident (Things Could Be Worse)”
  14. “Sam Stone”
  15. “Souvenirs”
  16. “Hello in There”

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