Donald and Lydia
Label: Atlantic Records
The unassuming cover of his 1971 debut gave no indication of the kind of narrative power John Prine exuded so effortlessly. With a gift for storytelling that rivaled that of his friend and supporter, Kris Kristofferson, Prine also offered up a series of vignettes that were as strong as anything Dylan ever wrote. "Sam Stone" is like the The Deer Hunter in song form.