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500 Greatest Albums of All Time

452

John Prine, 'John Prine'


John Prine, 'John Prine'
452/500

Atlantic, 1971

Prine was a mailman-turned-folk-singer, and his debut is unique in how it views American life with generosity, tolerance and wit. Prine sang about smoking dope ("Illegal Smile"), but his empathy for the old folks with "Hello in There" made most hippie songwriters sound smug.


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