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Bustin' Out by Pure Prairie League
Released: Oct 1972
Bustin' Out is the product of three really sincere, really white rural-rockers from southern Ohio -- nice but dry fellas who fell in love with California's getting-back-the-country fad of the early '70s (see the Dead's American Beauty). But you know what? It works. Songwriters Craig Fuller and George Powell exude true cracker soul just by being themselves. The monster hit is "Amie," an airy, neo-CSN&Y ballad, but the rest of the album -- which includes everything from chunky country rock to full-blown symphonic pop -- is equally classic.
Justin Farrar

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