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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0000A5BUK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,583 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Blues Run The Game
2. Don't Look Back
3. Kimbie
4. Yellow Walls
5. Here Come The Blues
6. Milk And Honey
7. My Name Is Carnival
8. Dialogue
9. Just Like Anything
10. You Never Wanted Me
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Goodbye To My Loving You
2. October
3. Mystery
4. I Don't Want To Love You No More
5. Child Fixin' To Die
6. Halloween Is Black As Night
7. Night Of The Blues
8. (Tumble) In The Wind
9. Bull Men
10. Maria Spanish Rose
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Nick J. Talbot on 20 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The last word from a truly tragic artist, 'Blues Run the Game' is the definitive collection, comprising Frank's sole album and all the available demos from the 1970's and 1990's, along with numerous 'lost' recordings of civil war songs and originals, which have surfaced seemingly from thin air. Chilling, stark, passionate and beautifully intense, this is as authentic as it gets. Another reviewer used the term "integrity" to describe Frank; I can't think of a better one.
You couldn't make it up. Badly injured in a fire as a child, Jackson C. Frank received a sizeable insurance payment and came to England to buy a Jaguar, subsequently making a big impression on the London folk scene way before Dylan. His debut album sold well in the UK but subsequent attempts at a follow up failed, and Frank lost touch with his contemporaries. Fate then ran him up a thoroughly depressing tally of bad fortune, including but not limited to the loss of a son to Cystic Fibrosis, bouts of clinical depression, parathyroid malfunction, misdiagnosis for paranoid schizophrenia and subsequent institutionalisation, chronic poverty and, after his luck looked like it was finally coming round, being shot in the face by a stranger leaving him blind in one eye. This last disaster came after his 'rediscovery' in the early '90's by a fan called Jim Abbott who helped him recover lost royalties and record some new material, resulting in an upsurge in interest in his work. His debut album was re-issued once again, to an appreciative audience, but Frank died in 1999, aged 55. When he wrote 'Blues Run the Game' on a boat to England as a young man it was as though he somehow already knew what was coming.
Frank's work is better known through its coverage by other artists, including Bert Jansch, Nick Drake and Sandy Denny.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Tyers on 6 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have recently discovered Jackson C Frank and cannot now understand why his music isn't more well known. OK, he only released the one album but what an album! This music is quite simply beautiful, inspiring, well written and well performed. He does not do anything too fancy but instead sticks to playing a good range of music that is obviously written from the heart. If you read more about his tragic life and listen to many of his lyrics it brings even more poignancy to the music.

The highlight on this album for me is Milk and Honey, which was later covered by Nick Drake. I have rarely heard such a haunting song and the lyrics are superb.

If you like the more well know artists such as Donovan or Dylan then you would be a fool not to buy this album too.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The lone voice of reason on 5 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
frank is an important figure in the singer/songwriter world, being as he was one of the earliest in the field along with dylan and simon.

but how does his work stand up 40+ plus years later in the cold light of day? surprisingly - very well. the title track is worth the price of admission alone being a very nice song indeed. the other two highlights are 'milk and honey' (beautifully covered by bonnie dobson. havent heard nick drakes version if there was one)and 'dialogue' (the definitive version of which can be found on julie felix's 'flowers' album) - the rest of the material is not quite as strong but theres some nice stuff going on throughout.

as a debut album for a young, fledgling songwriter then, this was a solid effort, and we can only speculate on where he would have gone with his writing as his life took such a downward curve soon after. certainly the later material on here, recorded after years of abuse, shows that he had plenty left to offer. but unfortunately his voice had become as frayed as his health by then and the songs suffer as a result. the rest of the boxset consists of demos , most of which sound very similar and are of such poor quality that they are barely listenable.

from the evidence, it seems that this guy, had he kept on track and matured naturally as a writer, could have been a major player as the years went by. but alas, history tells the rest of the story

well worth getting as an historical footnote (and an important one), and for at least 2 or 3 great songs
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul of London on 13 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Other reviewers have outlined Jackson C Frank's troubled and eventually tragic life, and there's much more in the sleevenotes about him.

What we have here is pretty much all there is of Frank's output: the original LP of 10 songs from 1965, both sides of a single from that time, nine tracks from 1975, and on the second CD seven tracks, mainly traditional numbers, from 1960, and 16 tracks from after Frank's remarkable rediscovery after many years of illness and vagrancy.

The original LP has four songs, 'Blues Run the Game', 'Milk and Honey', 'My Name is Carnival' and 'Here Come the Blues', that are easily as good as the very best songs written by 1960s singer-songwriters, and indeed have been variously covered by Sandy Denny, Bert Jansch and Nik Drake. Most of the rest are pretty good too. Although the 1965 LP contained a some numbers with at times disturbing lyrics -- 'Here Come the Blues' in particular -- the 1975 songs are mainly very sombre. This isn't easy, happy listening, but who wants to be comforted by music all the time? This CD is one of my favourites of its genre, and much of it still sounds great today, all those years after its original release.

The second CD doesn't get so many playings, as the later material is largely rather rough demo tapes. There are some songs, however, which do deserve more than just a quick hearing. 'October' could have fitted in well on his 1965 LP. Perhaps these songs could have been refined to produce a pretty good album had Frank not died in 1999. The songs from 1960 are from a very worn acetate that almost defied rescuing, with a great deal of hiss and distortion.
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