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The Missing Years

Album: The Missing Years
# Song Title   Time
1)    Picture Show
2)    All the Best
3)    Sins of Memphisto, The
4)    Everybody Wants to Feel Like You
5)    It's a Big Old Goofy World
6)    I Want To Be with You Always
7)    Daddy's Little Pumpkin
8)    Take a Look at My Heart
9)    Great Rain
10)    Way Back Then
11)    Unlonely
12)    You Got Gold
13)    Everything Is Cool
14)    Jesus the Missing Years
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Personnel: John Prine (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Howie Epstein (acoustic guitar, bass, percussion, background vocals); Mike Campbell (electric guitar, bass); Jay Dee Manness (pedal steel guitar); Steve Fishell (dobro); Phil Parlapiano (mandolin, accordion, harmonium); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Benmont Tench (piano, organ, harmonium, bass); John Ciambotti, Bob Glaub (bass); Joe Romersa (drums, percussion); Richard Hardwick, Al Bunetta (percussion); Christina Amphlett, Liz Byrnes (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Huh Sound Theater, Los Angeles, California and The Money Pit, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Personnel: John Prine (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); John Jorgenson (acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, bassoon, saxophone); David Lindley (acoustic guitar, bouzouki, harp, fiddle); Howie Epstein (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Albert Lee (electric guitar, mandolin, piano); Mike Campbell (electric guitar); Steve Fishell (dobro); Phil Parlapiano (mandolin, accordion, harmonium); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Benmont Tench (piano, harmonium, organ); Christina Amphlett, Liz Byrnes, Phil Everly, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Ed Seay; Joe Chiccarelli.
  • Recording information: Huh Sound Theater, Los Angeles, CA; Money Pit; Nashville, TN.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: David Lindley; D. Romersa; Lefty Frizzell; Benmont Tench.
  • Folk singer and songwriter extrordinaire John Prine had to wait 20 years before the music industry acknowledged him with the coveted Grammy. The golden prize was awarded for THE MISSING YEARS and it's a just reward, although any number of his prior records could have been named Best Folk Album. Which is not to say that THE MISSING YEARS is not a tour-de-force. Quite simply, it is Prine's most rewarding post-'70s release.
  • With Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Howie Epstein at the producer's helm and a host of notable guests (Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Phil Everly), Prine unveils a winning set of country-rock tinged folk songs. The rolling "Picture Show" kicks things off with the familiar bang of Prine's trademark laconic delivery and stunning wordplay laced with playful and bittersweet irony. From there Prine goes from strength to strength, ranging from the silly ("It's A Big Ol' Goofy World,") to heartwarming ("Unlonely,") to the simply stunning ("Jesus the Missing Years"). The latter is an absurdist recollection of the 18 unaccounted for years in Christ's life. As the Lord hitchikes through Europe and jams with the Rolling Stones, one is reminded again of Prine's freewheeling and masterful storytelling ability.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/23/92, p.46) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...filled with idiosyncratic delights..."

Entertainment Weekly (11/22/91) - A- - "...all the songs are keepers, perfectly relaxed and wry..."

Q (10/92, p.88) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...more finished and consistent than anything since his classic DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH..."

Musician (12/91) - "...husky charm...refreshing casualness...only Prine's dog-eared persona matters...where corny junk like truth and beauty comes first, he's way bigger than Guns N' Roses...."

New York Times (Publisher) (1/1/92) - "...The newest album by the country-folk songwriter is filled with quotable verses and bitter-sweet comedy..."
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