Picks and Pans Review: Pink Cadillac

updated 10/08/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/08/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

John Prine

Although folk-rocker Prine was critically praised for such early '70s tunes as Sam Stone ("There's a hole in Daddy's arm where all the money goes") and Your Flag Decal Won't Get You into Heaven Anymore, he never really broke through commercially. This LP probably won't knock the Bee Gees off the charts, either, but it does provide 35 minutes, 34 seconds of very listenable rock, folk and country & Western, hung together by Prine's sweet, sad voice, lyrical quirkiness ("Her father was a failure/Her mother was a comfort to a doctor and a lawyer and an Indian chief") and almost-live production quality. The finger-plucked How Lucky and beboppin' Ubangi Stomp are highlights of what is by no means the musical dinosaur the title suggests.

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