COVERED: John Prine vs. Joey Sweeney

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Released 40 years ago this month, Sweet Revenge (Atlantic) was John Prine’s third album, one that has managed to prove the test of time. It may be a dollar bin gem and one you may be able to find at thrift stores, garage and yard sales, but it’s his type of folk/country, what one might call Americana, alt.country, or No Depression, that has managed to influence a generation or two. He had recorded a new album a year beginning with the start of his Atlantic contract in 1971, but it was Sweet Revenge that brought him to places, and he would end up following with a new release two years later. The cover photo features him on a random country road, kicking back in his back stage without a care in the world.

Philadelphia singer/songwriter/musician will be releasing a new album on La Société Expéditionnaire called Long Hair and early versions of the cover featured a photo of him by a beach, with the photo surrounded by blue, looking very much like Prine’s Sweet Revenge with similar lettering. Are the photos meant to be representative of someone’s sense of solitude, peace and comfort? The latest edition of Sweeney’s cover is now surrounded by a yellow background. Not sure if this is final or why there was a switch but I like the blue background better.

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