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  • Summary: The two-disc set contains recordings from 1970 (before Prine's debut album was recorded in 1971) from the singer-songwriter that is admired by Bob Dylan.
  • Record Label: Oh Boy
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Progressive Folk
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 17, 2011
    100
    Prine is extraordinary, one of the most eloquent artists of modern times and seeing where it all started, in this super CD, really is something very special.
  2. Nov 17, 2011
    80
    The Singing Mailman Delivers doesn't do much to rewrite Prine's early history, but it confirms he revealed a remarkable talent as soon as he put his mind to writing songs, and it's an entertaining addition to his catalog for longtime fans.
  3. Dec 12, 2011
    80
    Mailman offers an insider's glimpse into his beginnings--a spirited 1970s club set and a priceless disc of stripped-down, gloss-free demos. [Jan 2012, p.96]
  4. Nov 17, 2011
    70
    So even if takes here don't quite match up, it's fun to see them coming into form, and to see a young Prine as a performer finding himself on stage, mesmerizing us in the process.
  5. Dec 13, 2011
    70
    A two-disc set documenting archival demos and an early live recording, The Singing Postman Delivers demonstrates that for the most part, John Prine's musical persona emerged fully formed.
  6. Nov 17, 2011
    70
    It's a fine introduction to a richly imagistic Midwestern everyguy whose languid good nature defied singer-songwriter smugness.
  7. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    With a stable of effective songs and a healthy dose of good humor, The Singing Mailman Delivers remains a likable, if not terribly compelling, effort.
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  1. Feb 16, 2012
    10
    Classic Prine...His music is among the finest there is...Being a listener to his music since 1973 and seeing him in concert over a dozen times he always delivers....no pun intended... Expand