Vashti Bunyan/Jackson C Frank

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I'm guessing anyone that knows these artists will probably damn me for putting them together, but I've got into them recently because of the re-packaged "Diamond Day" and "Blues Run The Game" CDs. I love both of them, and Frank's story (if anyone would care to reprint it) is almost farcically tragic. Does anyone know anything about either of them, and is there anything similar that you would recommend?

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Thursday, 12 December 2002 09:58 (seventeen years ago) link

i got the vashti bunyan album, its ok, but it wasnt as good as i was hoping. dont know the other person

gareth (gareth), Thursday, 12 December 2002 10:02 (seventeen years ago) link

Jackson C Frank was covered by Sandy Denny, Bert Jansch, and Nick Drake among others. His story is fascinating - I found this link just today.


http://www.dirtynelson.com/linen/feature/57frank.html

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Thursday, 12 December 2002 10:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Would you believe the Jackson Frank reissue is available from BMG Music Service. Never thought I'd live to see such a day....

Frank T. Jackson, Friday, 13 December 2002 07:50 (seventeen years ago) link

The song "Blues Run the Game" is superior to anything else on the album (which is respectable, don't get me wrong). Agree or disagree?

Frank T. Jackson, Friday, 13 December 2002 07:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Agree, it's an absolute classic and some of the others are a bit cookie-cutter folkie fare (did I just say use double alliteration)? Some of the later stuff is great, though, very haunting and evocative. I picked it up when I was living in France-there was a lot of renewed interest in him there, but no-one seems to know him in the UK.

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Friday, 13 December 2002 10:56 (seventeen years ago) link

i only ever heard 2 vashti songs but theyre both real nice

unknown or illegal user (doorag), Friday, 13 December 2002 21:26 (seventeen years ago) link

there's really nothing like the vashti bunyan album. she has a unique voice, and despite having a house full of folk/psych records i can't think of anything that sounds like her.

your null fame (yournullfame), Saturday, 14 December 2002 04:39 (seventeen years ago) link

seven months pass...
I only have her cover of the Stones' Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind. It's on the Decca compilation The Girls' Scene, which is great. It's v.pop but it doesn't surprise me that she did more folky stuff.

David Moore was raving to me about Jackson C. Frank. I just listened to Fairport Convention's cover of You Never Wanted Me. He also gave me Nick Drake's Tanworth in Arden demos, which includes JCF's Here Comes The Blues. V.cunning.

N. (nickdastoor), Monday, 4 August 2003 23:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Love Vashti. That close-mic'ed sound really gets me. Very unique indeed - but certainly not far from the Caterbury / Pentangle / Shirley & Dolly side of things. Still, great.

roger adultery, Tuesday, 5 August 2003 01:17 (sixteen years ago) link

six months pass...
dude nordicskillz!

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 1 March 2004 00:33 (sixteen years ago) link

is jackson c. frank still alive?

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 4 March 2004 00:12 (sixteen years ago) link

no, he died in '99

the surface noise (electricsound), Thursday, 4 March 2004 00:15 (sixteen years ago) link

: (

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 4 March 2004 00:16 (sixteen years ago) link

I lost a bet.

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 4 March 2004 00:16 (sixteen years ago) link

five months pass...
It is a sad story.

adam. (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 05:44 (fifteen years ago) link

vashti's version of "some things just stick in your mind" seems very incongruous after you've heard her album..

purple patch (electricsound), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 07:56 (fifteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
There was a Jackson C Frank song in the trailer to the film Brown Bunny that I saw before last night's feature at the indie cinema (Maria Full of Grace, fyi). Does this mean renewed interest in the tragic folkie icon via soundtrack sales? I guess it's doubtful.

Sean Witzman (trip maker), Thursday, 23 September 2004 16:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes, that is "Milk And Honey". Great song, but yeah, that soundtrack ain't gonna sell at all.

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:04 (fifteen years ago) link

I thought the trailer was pretty cool, though. And I love that song.

Sean Witzman (trip maker), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I agree on both counts.

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes, that is "Milk And Honey". Great song, but yeah, that soundtrack ain't gonna sell at all.
-- adam. (adamr...), September 23rd, 2004.

did he put an image of him getting a BJ from chloe sevigny on the cover?

amateur!!st, Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:31 (fifteen years ago) link

In...Japan?

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

I think.

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0000E6YYY.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

amateur!!st, Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:35 (fifteen years ago) link

And yet, I still do not feel the urge to buy it at all. Strange.

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 23 September 2004 17:38 (fifteen years ago) link

i so figured it was you, adam, who resurrected this thread

JaXoN (JasonD), Thursday, 23 September 2004 18:00 (fifteen years ago) link

hahahaha! I thought it would be YOU.

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 23 September 2004 18:03 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

There was a Jackson C Frank song in the trailer to the film Brown Bunny that I saw before last night's feature at the indie cinema (Maria Full of Grace, fyi). Does this mean renewed interest in the tragic folkie icon via soundtrack sales? I guess it's doubtful.

I just got interested in this guy after hearing "Dialogue" in Electroma, so yeah. I'm guessing the 2xCD version of Blues Run the Game on Castle is the one to get?

Telephone thing, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 02:08 (twelve years ago) link

yes. you won't be disappointed. (i've never actually heard the second cd).

the juxtaposition of that song in electroma was even more pertinent because of his life story (being burned - robots burning etc)

jaxon, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 06:14 (twelve years ago) link

five years pass...

Yes, that is "Milk And Honey". Great song, but yeah, that soundtrack ain't gonna sell at all.

The Brown Bunny soundtrack CD goes for about £150 used these days! (I expect it's because the five Frusciante tracks on it have never appeared anywhere else).

I got a 'digitally remastered' 2001 CD of the Jackson C. Frank album (not the double disc), on Castle/Sanctuary Records, and the sound seems pretty seriously off - some majorly distorted peaks when he sings a little louder.

Does anyone have the double disc? Is the issue there on all versions of this album?

Walter Galt, Thursday, 7 March 2013 14:07 (seven years ago) link

Huh. Just digging around (which I should have done before one-clicking the frigging thing), both the version I bought and the two disc version are on Castle/Sanctuary, but even listening to the samples on Amazon's site the two disc one sounds better.

Walter Galt, Thursday, 7 March 2013 14:28 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Blues Run The Game is such an incredible song

I will forlornly return to my home planet soon (dandydonweiner), Friday, 26 April 2013 01:47 (seven years ago) link

yup.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Friday, 26 April 2013 02:04 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

long piece about jackson c frank - http://www.vqronline.org/essays-articles/2015/01/snowfall-blues

just sayin, Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:17 (five years ago) link

Wow, incredibly well written, thanks. I knew the outline of that story but nowhere near that amount of detail.

Life During Hammertime (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:55 (five years ago) link

*bump*
For those who may have missed.

Mon-El in the Middle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 February 2015 21:19 (five years ago) link

Great article, could've left the last bit for her diary though...

rabatment of the rectangle (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 21 February 2015 21:20 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Ba Da Bing! has just announced a complete Frank boxset and new biography.

http://www.badabingrecords.com/jackson-c-frank-the-complete-recordings-track-listing/

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 April 2015 17:11 (five years ago) link

!!!

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2015 17:17 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

Delayed, but I finally got said biography (having gotten the 3 CD set at the time). It's a hair choppy at points -- as with so many books these days, it really needed a stronger editorial once-over to prevent repetition and how some things are mentioned briefly and then only explained in full much later. But given Jim Abbott's role as the guy who essentially got him out of the weird hell he was in in NYC for a decade, and then his role as legal guardian in the final years of Frank's life, probably he's the only person who had both the connection to the subject as well as just enough distance in turn.

The role of Paul Simon in Frank's life as detailed in the book is truly headscratching at points. (As is Art Garfunkel's.)

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 June 2017 15:55 (three years ago) link

How so on the Simon thing?

campreverb, Sunday, 4 June 2017 17:15 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

«Marlene» is a pretty tough listen knowing the backstory, which I never knew until just now

Mule, Monday, 29 June 2020 10:51 (one week ago) link

yeah beautiful but very painful

making gazebo money (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 29 June 2020 10:57 (one week ago) link

MAGNIFICENT song, it must be said

Mule, Monday, 29 June 2020 11:02 (one week ago) link

«My friends in the bars, hell they only see the scars
And they do not give a damn, they do not give a damn that I loved you
I don't know why, but once you've seen the sky
You think you know all birds are lovely»

Mule, Monday, 29 June 2020 11:02 (one week ago) link

John Hawkes does a cover of that in Martha Marcy May Marlene and I remember thinking "oh no, you should not be touching this song."

making gazebo money (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 29 June 2020 11:12 (one week ago) link

Liked that movie, including Hawkes’ playing and singing. But yeah, agree they could have dropped doing that one (can’t actually remember he played exactly that song).

Mule, Monday, 29 June 2020 14:00 (one week ago) link

secondhand copies of the abbott book, which is out of print, start at $85 ? fuck that

budo jeru, Monday, 29 June 2020 16:07 (one week ago) link


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