- Released: September 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Atlantic
- 2.The Torch Singer
- 4.The Late John Garfield Blues
- 5.Sour Grapes
- 6.Billy The Bum
- 7.The Frying Pan
- 8.Yes I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You
- 9.Take The Star Out Of The Window
- 10.The Great Compromise
- 11.Clocks And Spoons
- 12.Rocky Mountain Time
- 13.Diamonds In The Rough
Personnel: John Prine (vocals, acoustic guitar); Steve Goodman (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion); Dave Prine (vocals, dobro, fiddle); Dave Bromberg (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin); Steve Burgh (bass).
Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: John Prine (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro); Steve Goodman (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, hi-hat); David Bromberg (electric guitar, mandolin); Dave Prine (dobro); Steve Burgh (drums).
Audio Remixers: Gene Paul; Arif Mardin.
Recording information: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY.
John Prine's first album made the singer/songwriter's reputation, but the follow-up, DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH, effectively solidified it. With remarkably sharp material and a more intimate feel, DIAMONDS gets as close as any record to the core of what Prine is about. His zen-like amiability and simple folk/country-derived musical templates contrast with deceptively sophisticated lyricism and an emotional center as deep as that of Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen. From the existential waltz "The Late John Garfield Blues" to the wistful, nostalgic "Souvenirs," Prine masterfully mates his winning sense of humor with an artistic perspective worthy of any great American short-story writer. DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH is indispensable Prine, as fine an album as any he ever recorded.