John Prine ‎– The Tree Of Forgiveness - 2018 Folk LP

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John Prine ‎– The Tree Of Forgiveness

Oh Boy Records ‎– OBR-046
Vinyl, LP, Album
13 Apr 2018
Folk, World, & Country


1 Knockin' On Your Screen Door
2 I Have Met My Love Today
3 Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)
4 Summer's End
5 Caravan Of Fools


6 The Lonesome Friends Of Science
7 No Ordinary Blue
8 Boundless Love
9 God Only Knows
10 When I Get To Heaven



Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Oh Boy Records
Copyright (c) – Oh Boy Records
Distributed By – Thirty Tigers
Recorded At – RCA Studio A
Mastered At – Infrasonic Studios
Pressed By – Quality Record Pressings
Crew [Road] – Andy Primus, Chris Drosin, Patrick Boyle (5), Vance Buchanan
Engineer – Matt Ross-Spang
Engineer [Assisted] – Gena Johnson
Executive-Producer – Fiona Whelan Prine*, Jody Whelan
Liner Notes – John Prine
Mastered By – Pete Lyman
Musician – Bryan Owings, Fats Kaplin
Other [Hair] – Tyson At Trim 12th South Nashville
Photography By – Danny Clinch
Photography By [Additional] – Joshua Britt, Neilson Hubbard, Richard Swift (2)
Photography By [Additional], Layout, Design – Bob Delevante
Producer – Dave Cobb
Tour Manager – Mitchell Drosin

A digital download was included.

Publishing Notes:
Tommy Jack Music (BMI): A1 to B5
Corn Country Music (BMI): A1, A3, A4, A5, B3
Fresh Cookies (ASCAP): A2
Hour Box Music (BMI): A5, B3
Keith Sykes Music (BMI): B2
Mother Bertha Music (BMI): B4
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 752830935143
Matrix / Runout (Etched side A): OBR-046 A RE3 Z LP [combined]
Matrix / Runout (Etched side B): OBR-046 B RE2 Z LP [combined]
Rights Society: BMI
Rights Society (A2): ASCAP

( pitchfork) "Prine may be reflecting on the past and the future an awful lot, but this is not one of those albums where an old man ponders death. It can’t be, because Prine has always done that, and he doesn’t do it any more or less than usual. It’s just a new album by John Prine, a humble but respectable one. If there hadn’t been a 13 year absence of new John Prine songs, you couldn’t even call it a return to form, because his form has never left him.

Even with production by David Cobb, who’s worked with younger singer-songwriters Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson, Prine doesn’t pull a single stunt. This is essentially an acoustic album with the same chords and melodies Prine always uses, plus occasional spare and tasteful backing from his regular band along with folks like Isbell and Amanda Shires. The album’s just a little over half-an-hour long, and it’s all of a piece, conveying casual imagery that meanders from the hands-in-pockets wistfulness of drifting and kicking on trash cans (“Knockin’ on Your Screen Door”) to turning on the TV and looking out your window.

Throughout, he has a virtuoso grasp of understatement. On “Summer’s End,” a heartbreaker about lost love, he wrings enormous pathos out of a chorus as simple as this:Come on home

"No you don’t have to
Be alone
Just come on home'

The best two songs are the ones where he didn’t use a co-writer. The first is “The Lonesome Friends of Science,” a reflection on the end of the world with a quintessentially Prine digression about how Pluto, demoted as a planet, is now an old has-been, hoping he’ll get recognized in a Hollywood sushi bar.

The other is the album’s closer, “When I Get to Heaven.” It’s a farewell hootenanny that sounds like a daydream. When he dies, he wants to do all the stuff we’d all like to do. He’s going to see his mom and his dad and his brother. He’s going to take his wristwatch off. But he really, really wants you to know exactly one thing. When John Prine gets to heaven, he’s going to smoke a cigarette that’s nine miles long." 

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Condition New
Format LP
Color Black