Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge

by John PrineJohn Prine


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Prine's third album is louder and more jaded than his first efforts, a set of rowdy country-rockers that tear along at a reckless speed. Sympathy takes a back seat to cynicism here, and while that strips the record of some depth, Prine's irreverence is consistently thrilling, making this one of his best. It's not as uniformly brilliant as the debut, but it did steer his music in a new direction -- where that record is often hallmarked for its rich sensitivity, Sweet Revenge established cynicism as Prine's dominant voice once and for all. Although he could still crank out a great ballad when he felt like it, from now on his records largely followed a more conventional rock & roll muse, a choice that eventually gained him more mainstream attention. "Please Don't Bury Me," "Christmas in Prison," "Blue Umbrella," and "A Good Time" are a few of the jewels on this one.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678143021
catalogNumber: 7274
Rank: 606


  1. Sweet Revenge
  2. Please Don't Bury Me
  3. Christmas in Prison
  4. Dear Abby
  5. Blue Umbrella
  6. Often Is a Word I Seldom Use
  7. Onomatopoeia
  8. Grandpa Was a Carpenter
  9. The Accident (Things Could Be Worse)
  10. Mexican Home
  11. A Good Time
  12. Nine Pound Hammer

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Prine   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Steve Goodman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Gut String Guitar
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Grady Martin   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Vocals
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Kenny Ascher   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Steve Burgh   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Johnny Christopher   Acoustic Guitar
Cissy Houston   Vocals,Background Vocals
Judy Clay   Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Doyle Grisham   Steel Guitar
Leo LeBlanc   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Mike Leech   Bass,Upright Bass
Raun MacKinnon   Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Kenny Malone   Drums,Tambourine
Hugh McDonald   Bass,Percussion
Steve Mosley   Drums
Dave Prine   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Fiddle,Vocals
Jerry Shook   Harmonica
Bill Slater   Bass,Percussion
Deirdre Tuck Corley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Woods   Piano
Reggie Young   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Deidre Tuck   Background Vocals
David Briggs   Organ,Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Brad Davis   Engineer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Steve Ham   Engineer
Frank Hubach   Engineer
Bob Liftin   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Producer,Horn Arrangements

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