Jackson C. Frank
Jackson C. Frank


5.0
classic

Review

by Tyler McKaige USER (10 Reviews)
January 5th, 2013 | 57 replies


Release Date: 1965 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jackson C. Franks lone release is one of the most impressionable folk albums of all time and a haunting record of his depression.

Huddie Ledbetter once said before performing ‘Good Morning Blues’ that we all have the ‘blues’. There is not a notion I could agree with more. Everyone has experienced tragedy and we all deal with it in different ways. Some of us survive it, we deal with our grief and we move on to continue living life. Still, there are others who can’t stop looking back. Jackson C. Frank is one of the unfortunate casualties of tragedy.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Jackson was only eleven years old when a furnace at his school exploded, killing fifteen of his classmates and leaving him scarred, having more than half of his body burned in the fire. He was introduced to playing music by a teacher while he recovered in the hospital. Ten years later, he used the insurance money from the accident to catch a boat to England where he would record his one and only album, his eponymous debut record.

Persuaded by friend and producer Paul Simon, Jackson recorded the album in just three hours at the CBS Studios in London. He hid behind screens with his guitar while Al Stewart and Art Garfunkel watched in amazement. The result was one of the most impressionable folk records released, perhaps ever. Though it was his only effort, Jackson left a mark on the folk scene that would not soon be forgotten.

In ‘Blues Run the Game’, the only single from the album, Jackson recounts his own experience with the ‘blues’. He sings of his attempts to leave his sadness behind by leaving his home, but his sadness never changes. He can’t even drown his sorrows in liquor. ‘Don’t Look Back’ leaves his blues behind, if only briefly, in a folk tune that is the antithesis to what was played before. This becomes a bit of a pattern over the record, while the more melancholy tracks are certainly more prominent, it’s not out the record’s nature to sprawl into more tuneful tracks similar to that of the English contemporaries that surrounded him.

Overall, this is one of the best true-to-form folk albums, and it’s performed by one of the most haunting voices the scene has ever had. After this album was released, Jackson lost his mind to the ‘blues’, dealing with writer’s block shortly after, and later in life, the death of his only son and being partially blinded after being shot in the eye. He faded into obscurity and would spent most of his life in-and-out of mental institutions being treated for paranoid schizophrenia. Jackson himself refuted this, as he believed it was his depression he suffered from; the blues.



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tragic.details
January 5th 2013


624 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Decided to give this forgotten record a proper review.

KILL
January 5th 2013


71856 Comments


will check this

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RiffOClock
January 5th 2013


1049 Comments


will get no comments coz not of this decade


good album tho

CasinoColumbus
January 5th 2013


340 Comments


more like a very short, albeit well-written, biography than a review, but any kind of attention this music gets is good

Captain North
January 5th 2013


6789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuxk yeah, love this album. I Want to Be Alone is definitely one of the saddest damn songs I've ever heard

americanohno
January 6th 2013


1601 Comments


"Milk and Honey" is a beautiful song. I think it was used to great effect in "The Brown Bunny" trailer:
http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2525626649/ (NSFW)

good review also

CasinoColumbus
January 6th 2013


340 Comments


I think I actually heard "I Want to Be Alone" for the first time through Daft Punk. Probably my favorite song of this album

chambered99
January 6th 2013


805 Comments


this is very very awesome

Captain North
January 6th 2013


6789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, same Casino. That clip of the guy on fire set to that song..stunningly poignant.

YankeeDudel
January 6th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heard a few songs off this a couple months ago. sounded good. will nab it now.

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CasinoColumbus
January 7th 2013


340 Comments


Just thought I'd post a link to the video with "I Want to Be Alone" made by Daft Punk for those interested:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DxBx4FyTqY

tragic.details
January 7th 2013


624 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh shit. thanks for posting this, Columbus.
I've never seen this movie, but I think I have seen this scene before, or something similar. Just feels so familiar

CasinoColumbus
January 7th 2013


340 Comments


No problem man. I haven't actually seen the movie myself, but that clip goes so well with the song and what happened to Jackson in his childhood

slipnslide
January 10th 2013


2640 Comments


pos'd and will listen.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2013


15740 Comments


yo where the tracklist at

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cagedbutterfly
July 14th 2013


226 Comments


Just Like Anything is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.

Riviere
July 19th 2013


697 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Concur, absolutely sensational album.

treeqt.
August 14th 2013


9704 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BASLQBHbqM = O

tragic.details
August 14th 2013


624 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That video is so fucking haunting.
I love it.

Velcro
August 30th 2013


64 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is too good, I can see the trail of artists he's influenced.



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